Marvel isn't unveiling its first trans character 'very soon' after all

Ben ArnoldContributor
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige arrives at the world premiere of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige arrives at the world premiere of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

It appears we may have spoken too soon about Marvel ushering in the first trans character to the MCU.

Yesterday, quotes from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige suggested that forthcoming movie The Eternals would be the movie in which it would be happening.

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Speaking at the New York Film Academy, and asked whether there would be more LGBTQ representation in the Marvel movies, specifically trans character, he replied in the affirmative.

“Absolutely yes,” he said, adding that it would be 'very soon, in a movie we’re shooting right now'.

With The Eternals shooting now, it seemed very much like he was discussing the new movie, but now it seems not.

The Eternals cast at Comic-Con, 2018 (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
The Eternals cast at Comic-Con, 2018 (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Sources have told Variety that Feige was referring to an LGBT+ character, rather than the second part of the question, specifically referring to a trans character.

Indeed, Feige has previously said that one of the characters in The Eternals will be the first openly gay member of the Marvel family.

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“He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is,” said at the D23 Expo in August last year.

It's also thought that Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder may be properly confirmed as bisexual too, following her debut in Thor: Ragnarok.

The Eternals, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff and Don Lee arrives on November 6, with Thor: Love and Thunder following in November, 2021.

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