The gays are still complaining to anyone who will listen about their total absence from a fantasy movie based on a 1960s comic book superhero.
Marvel Studios' blockbuster movie 'Black Panther' made history of sorts for its exclusively black and brown cast. But the lack of gays is still a sticking point to some people.
In the early stages of production, a Vanity Fair magazine reporter described a lesbian scene between between Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) that ended up on the cutting room floor.
The writer described a scene where female warrior Okoye looking lovingly into Ayo's eyes. Even though Marvel Studios denied the rumors, a studio source confirmed to Sandrarose.com that the lesbian scene was cut out because the movie targets a demographic (black people) that is intolerant of the homosexual lifestyle.
Not only that, but most black parents would rather not expose their children to a superhero movie that contains adult sexual situations.
LGBT advocates had hoped that 'Black Panther' would break the mold of earlier MCU films that lack gay characters.
Gay rights advocates would rather expose children to homosexuality sooner than later.
“The very few LGBTQ characters in past Marvel films have been either closeted or unmentioned,” The Advocate magazine said in a video titled “What About LGBTQ Representation in Black Panther?” “It seems Black Panther won’t be breaking the mold.”
Charles Pulliam-Moore, a writer for Gizmodo, went a little further, suggesting that Marvel Studios and Disney are behind the times.
“A romance between Okoye and Ayo is the sort of thing that easily could have been included in Black Panther with something as simple as a longing look and a bit of flirting kiss,” Mr. Pulliam-Moore wrote, “but it looks like we’re going to have to wait even longer for the MCU’s films to catch up with the times.”
But others point out that Marvel Studios has a history of avoiding adult situations in all MCU films.
“It’s just not a main component of the story,” said film critic Christian Toto. “And also, with a movie like ‘Black Panther,’ you have to do so much. You have to establish the world, the villain, the motivation — what is Wakanda? There are so many things that are competing for screen time.”
Toto said MCU films are not vehicles for leftwing social justice advocacy. MCU films provide moviegoers with a momentary escape from reality.
“You just can’t win with the hard left,” Mr. Toto said.