In a recent interview with the U.K. edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Kristen Stewart revealed she was told she “might not get a Marvel movie” if she insisted on “holding your girlfriend’s hand in public.”
In a subsequent chat with Variety she expounded on that statement.
“That’s been a conversation that’s always existed,” said Stewart, interviewed at TIFF during the premiere of her new film “Seberg”.
“I’ve always radically rejected it. It’s nice to be able to talk about that in a way that people really understand now. Instead of sounding like I’m being crazy, like, ‘Don’t put me in a box! Ambiguity’s a cool thing!’ Now, it’s like, duh. Before, I had to say it like it was some far-out idea. Now it’s more on the main stage, which is rad.”
In fact, she admitted that she only used Marvel as an example because “it was literally just a big conglomerate-y type thing,” adding with a laugh, “I’m sure they would love to hire the gay kids to be superheroes.”
Sitting next to her during the interview was her “Seberg” co-star Anthony Mackie, who actually is a Marvel superhero, having played the Falcon since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and will be taking over for Cap in next year’s Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.
Asked which superhero Stewart should play, Mackie responded, “That’s a very good question.”
“A gay one!” quipped Stewart.
Following up, Mackie was asked whether there might be a gay superhero at some point on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.
“I think [Stewart] should be the gay female Falcon Captain America,” he said.