We finally know who will be playing the gay character in Marvel’s The Eternals, and it’s not Richard Madden.
When it was announced that the superhero film — which will introduce a team of celestial superheroes Marvel hopes to turn into the next Avengers — would include an openly gay male character who was married with children, many hoped (or assumed) that the Rocketman star would play the role.
But according to reports from the CCXP 2019 expo, where footage from the film was shown last week, Widows star Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos will be depicted as queer. We Got Covered reported that in the trailer screened at the expo, Henry is seen “holding hands with a male partner, with the pair accompanied by two kids.” Sounds openly gay to me!
This confirms Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s comments from August that the studio’s first gay male character would have a family, so it seems that Marvel is committed to following through on the increase in diversity they’ve promised.
The Eternals will star Henry, Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Drag Race guest judge Kumail Nanjiani as a team of incredibly powerful immortal aliens — so basically, Jolie and Hayek will be playing themselves. The movie is currently being filmed, and is due out November 6, 2020.
Tyree Henry’s character will join Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as the first openly queer characters in Marvel’s history. Thompson’s character will be looking for a queen to join her as Asgard’s ruler in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.