A viral campaign on Twitter has called on Disney and Marvel to introduce a same-sex relationship in the Captain America franchise.
More specifically, between Captain America’s alter ego Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), or “Stucky” as they’re collectively and affectionately known.
The #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend movement began earlier this week and was fuelled by the longstanding hints at a more-than-fraternal relationship between the two characters.
— kate (@dandelionanakin) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend cuz a 3-movie arc of reuniting with someone after 70 years & fighting your trusted teammates for them is LOVE.
— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) May 24, 2016
#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend because somehow a guy dating another guy is weirder than a guy dating his dead girlfriend's niece
— TEAM CAP (@IAMPURPLEDUCK) May 24, 2016
— meg (@oibucky) May 24, 2016
With Rogers’ enduring friendship with Barnes, many have described the films as a “love story” between the two.
In an interview with Flickering Myth Chris Evans himself addressed the gay interpretations.
“That wouldn’t be so bad, it’s just never been part of my approach to the character,” he said.
“My subtext didn’t involve that dynamic – I think even in the first Captain America film you see how drawn he is to Peggy Carter.”
Despite this, Rogers’ onscreen relationship with Carter hasn’t swayed fans from shipping him with childhood friend Barnes.
— Matthew Chauncey (@OfficialChaunce) May 24, 2016
— s t u c k y (@stuckygifs) May 24, 2016
Captain America director Joe Russo even touched on the idea while promoting the new film in China, saying he appreciates people who interpret the stories differently.
“People can interpret the relationship however they want to interpret it,” he said.
“It’s great to see people argue about what that relationship means to them.
“We will never define it as filmmakers, explicitly, but however people want to interpret it.”
The viral Twitter campaign follows a similar one earlier this month that saw users call on Disney to introduce a lesbian princess in the sequel to Frozen.
— maia˚◡˚ (@mishaIeckiss) May 24, 2016