Lesbian Character Introduced in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel has stepped up its representation game when it introduced a lesbian character in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’!

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

Phyla-Vell, a character that already appeared in the comics, was introduced in the post-credit scene. Throughout the film, the audience would see glimpses of a white-haired young girl created by the High Evolutionary, the villain of the movie. Then at the end, the girl joins the all-new Guardians as the original team members go their separate ways. She is portrayed by Kai Zen.

In the comics, Phyla-Vell is the daughter of Mar-Vell and the sister of Genis-Vell. In Captain Marvel (Vol. 5), it was heavily hinted that Phyla-Vell is a lesbian, and she also admits that she is attracted to Moondragon. Throughout her story, she’s been known under different names such as Quasar, Captain Marvel, and Martyr.

 

While the addition of Phyla-Vell in the ‘Guardians’ franchise is a reason for celebration, considering MCU’s lackluster queer representation, it should be noted that Phyla-Vell is usually depicted as an adult with an adult relationship with Moondragon. However, in the latest ‘Guardians’ film, Phyla-Vell has been de-aged. This is not the first time the MCU has de-aged queer characters. In the series ‘WandaVision’, Wanda and Vision’s sons, Billy and Tommy, who in the comics are gay and bisexual respectively, were also de-aged from their usual young adult appearance.

The future of the ‘Guardians’ franchise is also a little uncertain. Director James Gunn who directed all the ‘Guardians’ films available so far said that he is already done with the franchise. Nevertheless, with an all-new Guardians created, perhaps in the future, we might still see Phyla-Vell in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ opened in cinemas on May 5.

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