The “Avengers: Endgame” Gay Moment
Director Joe Russo made quiet history with a little cameo in the 2019 blockbuster, which broke international box office records to become the highest-grossing film of all time, briefly surpassing “Avatar” for a few years until its 2021 re-release in China. Savvy fans can catch Russo playing a man at a grief counseling meeting who speaks about the loss of his male partner in Thanos’ snap.
“Representation is really important,” Russo said at the time. “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.”
Notably, the moment was never doctored for international releases and received little public pushback. (If anything, many critics were disappointed at the brevity.) In his reasoning, Russo may have been hinting at some internal concerns, when he says he wanted to “ensure the integrity” by playing the character himself. After all, you can’t cut the director’s cameo.