**SPOILER ALERT** Avengers director Joe Russo makes history as first openly-gay Marvel character
The filmmaker plays a support group leader at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has made history in the new blockbuster by becoming the first openly gay character in a Marvel movie.
The gay moviemaker and actor's uncredited "average guy" role appears at the beginning of the film among those offering support and help to people coping with the loss of loved ones killed off at the end of the last Avengers film, Infinity War.
He insisted on making his character homosexual so he could make history and offer an inclusive moment for LGBTQ fans of the Marvel franchise.
"Representation is really important," he told Deadline. "It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that.
"It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity."
But his brother doesn't want the history-making moment to overshadow the movie, adding, "The fact that the character is gay will get attention but it isn’t where the scene started.
"When you have a story point that includes killing half of all humans on Earth, you’re telling a bigger story than The Avengers. So that scene was important to us in telling the story of the larger world. We wanted to have a voice that was talking about the experience of people that went beyond The Avengers.
"That’s why we felt we really needed it in the movie. Otherwise, it just became too hermetic and insular. That character that Joe is playing really came from that point of view, him being an everyman who has suffered from (Infinity War villain) Thanos’ act (that wiped out most of the inhabitants of earth)."
"We wanted it to be casual, with the fact that the character is gay tied into the fabric of the storytelling and representing what everyday life is," Joe explained to the outlet. "We’re trying to represent everyone in everyday life. These are global movies that reach a lot of people. They are important to a lot of people and everyone has the right to see themselves on the screen and identify somewhere."
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