Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, the latest Marvel movie, will be in theaters Friday of this week (May 6). The movie will include an approximately 12-second scene featuring a lesbian superhero talking about her lesbian moms. The superhero’s name is America Chavez, played by actress Xochitl Gomez.
This comes in the wake of LGBTQ+ inclusive Marvel superheroes and storylines, including a gay superhero and his husband in the movie Eternals. Saudi Arabia withheld the release permit until Disney (which owns Marvel) would cut the scene, which Disney refused to do. Eternals was also banned across the Persian Gulf states for featuring the gay superhero.
Though the scene in the upcoming movie is short, these characters and plotlines are a major step toward increased LGBTQ+ inclusivity in one of the hottest superhero franchises in the world. At present no trans or non-binary characters exist in any of the MCU movies, but it’s likely to come soon.