People who have seen recent major motion pictures like Avengers Endgame or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may or may not have noticed the LGBTQ representation in these films. In the first, this representation comes in the form of a side character’s anecdote, in which he uses the pronoun “he” when describing a recent date. The second consists of a two-second kiss between female background characters. These “blink and you’ll miss it” scenes, sometimes called “queerbaiting,” are popular among moviemakers who want to capitalize on the queer community’s desire to be seen without being too overt.

"Queerbaiting" in Blockbuster Cinema (2020)