Captain America actor: Idea to give superhero a boyfriend is ‘great’

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Been lying around wondering what actor Sebastian Stan thinks of giving Captain America a boyfriend? Well, get some rest — because he’s all for it.

Speaking to GQ, Stan — who plays Captain America’s bestie Bucky — discussed his feelings about the Twitter campaign #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, which begs Marvel to suddenly make the superhero recklessly gay and even starting dating his preferred partner in crime.

“Look, man, I think it’s great,” he says. “Movies are for people to relate to in whatever way they want. No one here is ever going to point a finger and say what’s right and wrong. For me, it’s like, Awww. It’s cute, it’s great.”

However, Stan doesn’t personally think Bucky swings that way, okay? But don’t get cross. He’s perfectly fine if you want to wander the streets alone thinking Captain America and Bucky are an item. He’s totally fine with that.

“If someone takes the time to think about that, that’s great,” he says, convincingly. “I don’t think of the character that way, though. But there’s no right or wrong answer.”

Director Joe Russo also got embroiled in this invented fray, breaking down the relationship between Cap and Bucky thusly: “These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.”

So, it’s an intense relationship, but not necessarily a gay one, alright? That’s not to say Russo thinks there’s anything wrong with gangs of musclebound homosexual superheroes infiltrating the Marvel universe and having really hot gay sex with everybody. That’s cute. That’s great.

In fact, he thinks it’s likely there will be some gay superheroes in mainstream pictures down the line. “I think the chances are strong,”  he says. “I mean, it’s incumbent upon us as storytellers who are making mass-appeal movies to make mass-appeal movies, and to diversify as much as possible.”

And while we agree it’s essential for people who make mass-appeal movies to go ahead and make mass-appeal movies, we don’t think we’re going to see a major Marvel superhero come out as gay in a Hollywood picture anytime soon. And somehow, we’re eerily okay with that.

(This article has been corrected.)

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