Is MCU's 'Young Avengers' going to have exclusively LGBTQ+ members? Yes and no

A rumor is doing the rounds online that the Young Avengers team in the MCU is going to have exclusively LGBTQ+ members. That isn't all that surprising considering Marvel has been pretty pro-representation


                            Is MCU's 'Young Avengers' going to have exclusively LGBTQ+ members? Yes and no
'Young Avengers' #2 (Stephanie Hans/ Marvel)

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe all set to enter its Phase 4, there are a number of new teams we'd all like to see in the MCU and at the top of that list is the Young Avengers. Marvel has already done a lot of work setting up this team for the MCU with quite a few of the characters either introduced already or hinted at. 

Now, a rumor is doing the rounds online that the Young Avengers team in the MCU is going to have exclusively LGBTQ+ members. That isn't all that surprising considering Marvel has been pretty pro-representation in recent years but there's a pretty good chance the rumor may be false.

For one thing, the original line-up of the Young Avengers featured only two people on the LGBTQ+ spectrum: Wiccan and Hulkling. Although later comics have hinted that Hawkeye / Kate Bishop may be bicurious, that still leaves a majority of straight characters including Patriot / Isiah Bradley, Stature / Cassandra Lang, Iron Lad / Nathaniel Richards, and Speed / Tommy Shepherd.

Then again, the Marvel NOW! version of the team in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's 'Young Avengers' Volume 2 did feature a team with every member fitting somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and there's always the possibility that this version of the team could be the one that makes it to the MCU. At the very least, we do expect Kid Loki (who is rumored to be introduced in the 'Loki' Disney+ series) and Miss America to join the MCU sooner rather than later and both of them were a part of the second 'Young Avengers' team. 

Now with all that said, the MCU is ultimately an alternate universe running parallel to the main Marvel continuity. So a character being straight in the comics wouldn't necessarily have to mean that they be straight in live-action.

However, we do have to consider that Marvel produces content for a global audience and there are still countries where depicting acts of homosexuality, even to the point of kissing someone of the same gender, is considered offensive. That's the main reason why we haven't had a gay couple as the main characters in the 'Star Wars' movies (we're looking at you, Poe and Finn) and that's also why Marvel is unlikely to go the full-on LGBT route with the Young Avengers, at least not if they want the team to show up in the movies.

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