After Backlash, Kevin Feige Says 'Avengers: Engame's Gay Moment Wasn't Supposed To Be A Big Deal https://t.co/zxPIrjfuY9— pajiba (pronounced with a long i) (@pajiba) June 21, 2019
Kevin Feige is currently doing press for Spider-Man: Far From Home. In an interview with iO9, Feige was asked about the reaction to the Avengers: Endgame scene with Joe Russo.
During the promo tour, directors Joe and Anthony Russo stated that Endgame would feature Marvel's first openly gay character. The character: Joe Russo playing an unnamed gay man in a support group. The "blink and you missed it" moment drew a lot of criticism from fans.
“That was never meant to be our first focused character. That was just meant to be a matter of fact and a matter of life and a matter of truth. And I liked it that our hero, Steve Rogers, doesn’t blink an eye at that fact. It is just truth and is heartbreaking for his loss and for the life he’s trying to put back together. It was never meant to be looked at as our first hero. I guess it’s the first reference so it does, of course, get a lot of attention.”