Captain America. Two words that have been on a multitude of lips over the past couple months. Many had been anxiously anticipating the release of Captain America: Civil War, the third film featuring Steve Rogers, as the thought of the Avengers being divided piqued a lot of people’s curiosity. Twenty-four days after its release, the Disney-backed blockbuster crossed the $1 Billion mark in ticket sales. But what has turned from a discussion to a campaign, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are making their voices heard… they want Disney to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend recently surfaced throughout social media and instantly started trending on Twitter. The hashtag has become a symbol of fans’ desire to finally have a leading LGBT superhero in the MCU. Though there are some who are merely having fun with the trending topic, most tweeters are calling the studio to make the bold move and have one of the most iconic characters in Marvel films to reveal he is a homosexual. Tons of people have pointed out the unusually close relationship Cap has with Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier.
Just a sampling of how Twitter has looked today:
— PerksOfBeingAFanboy. (@LiamKelsall) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend because a guy dating another guy makes more sense than a guy dating his dead girlfriend’s niece
— alice (@buckbcrnes) May 24, 2016
— wiener soldier (@hannibaltrash) May 24, 2016
— Molli Moran (@MissMolliWrites) May 24, 2016
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) May 24, 2016
— Jenna Mullins (@JBomb11) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend because gay kids need prominent figures to look up to. Gay people can be superheroes too
— brandon (@yikesbrandon) May 24, 2016
The comic book industry has made great strides at integrating races, genders, and sexuality. In the early 1990’s, as acceptance grew, gays began coming out in comic books. Things had loosened up a lot and the LGBT community had grew in numbers in the years since. There are currently over 200 LGBT characters, superheroes, and villains between the covers of all comics. It’s accepted. It’s not a big deal. Unfortunately, what occurs in comic books doesn’t always translate the same when adapted for the big screen.
This isn’t Disney’s first rodeo with this topic. Earlier this month, a similar hashtag arose urging the studio to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in their upcoming release of Frozen 2. Idina Menzel, the voice actor of Elsa in the first Frozen, even got on board with the public outcry,
“I think it’s great that she’s stirring it up. Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out. No matter what, (Elsa) changed my life.”
Just how Disney responds to this campaign and its pressure has yet to be seen, but in the coming days you can likely expect actors from the MCU to chime in with their thoughts. By the looks of things, #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.