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Marvel boss confirms first transgender character is coming to the MCU

Franchise has been regularly criticised for its lack of LGBTQ+ representation

Adam White
Wednesday 01 January 2020 10:42 GMT
Kevin Feige confirms a transgender character is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that the MCU is getting its first transgender character, and teased that they will debut in the forthcoming The Eternals.

Fans have repeatedly urged Marvel to include more LGBTQ+ representation in the franchise, which has been criticised in the past for its handling of gender and sexuality.

Asked at the New York Film Academy whether Marvel has any plans to introduce more LGBTQ+ characters, and specifically trans characters, Feige said: “Yes, absolutely yes.”

He added: “Very soon, in a movie we’re shooting right now, yes.”

While Feige did not elaborate on his answer, the only Marvel movie currently in the middle of filming is The Eternals, which stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani.

Feige previously confirmed that one of the film’s characters is a gay man, telling Good Morning America in August 2019 that the mystery character is “married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is”.

Also during the New York Film Academy talk, Feige said that both Black Panther and Captain Marvel were deliberate attempts to “showcase heroes from the comics that represent the world that goes to see our movies”.

The Eternals will be released on 6 November.

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