Chris Evans Weighs In on Disney Restoring Lightyear's Controversial Same-Sex Kiss Scene

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Just when we thought that Avengers: Endgame would be Chris Evans' last adventure into space, he is set to come back with his latest outing in Lightyear. The Toy Story spinoff follows Buzz Lightyear's origin story, where he tries to help his crew flee from being stranded on a distant alien planet by experimenting with a hyperspace fuel. While experimenting, he accidentally traveled 62 years in the future and meet the infamous Toy Story villain, Emperor Zurg.

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Despite the massive anticipation of the film, Lightyear was the subject of recent headlines due to an inclusion of a same-sex kiss scene, which is not typically present in a Disney film. Now, Chris Evans shares his personal sentiment about the issue.

In an interview with Variety during the world premiere of Lightyear, Chris Evans opens up about Disney reinstating Buzz's same-sex kiss. The Captain America actor approves of Disney's decision to keep the scene, but Evans hopes to get to a point where representation is no longer a topic of discussion.

"I mean, it's great. As great as it is -- and you know, I've been asked the question a few times -- it's nice, and it's wonderful. It makes me happy" Evans said. "It's tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of 'news.' The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm and that this doesn't have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films. Look, it's an honor to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there."

Recently, Disney was also the center of controversies after a gay reference scene from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness featuring MCU newcomer America Chavez was demanded to be cut out from the film. Much like Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch also expressed disappointment towards the situation and hopes that representation would be normalized in the future and will no longer be a surprising headline.

Still, kudos to Disney for keeping the scene. Although this act would surely cause consequences and might result in release restrictions, it's still an admirable decision of the company to push for LGBTQ+ representation in an animated film.

Lightyear will premiere in theaters on June 17.

Also read: Disney's Lightyear Officially Banned in Several Countries, Here's Why