This month Marvel will debut their first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel, hopefully altering the landscape of comic book films forever — much to the chagrin of misogynist trolls. Last year Black Panther became the biggest solo superhero film of all time. But what’s the next step in expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of straight white men? Apparently, Marvel is currently looking for an openly gay actor to play a queer superhero in an upcoming film.
While publicizing Ant-Man and The Wasp last year, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige stated that the studio was working on bringing an LGBTQ+ character into their cinematic universe in 2020’s The Eternals.
“As it turns out, that future is nearly upon us as the studio searches for an actor, 30-49, who ‘physically looks like a superhero’ for one of the film’s leads,” reports The Hashtag Show. “While the studio is open to actors of all ethnicity, they would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor.”
The Eternals are a lesser-known superhero team comprised of god-level beings created by the Celestials, essentially the puppeteers of the comic book universe. Comic books have long been more progressive than their big-screen counterparts, and it makes sense for Marvel to introduce their first openly queer character in a lesser-known property.
“The identity of the gay Eternals character is being kept a secret, with the character said to have a major presence in the film alongside the other leads expected to be Sersi, Ikaris and Piper,” reports Cosmic Book News. “It is not known if the character will be new to the MCU, as none of the characters in the comics are gay. Additional characters said to be in the movie also include Makkari, Starfox aka Eros (brother of Thanos), Druig, Elysisus, Forgotten One, Thena, Zuras and possibly either Hercules or Ares.”
May I make one suggestion? Please give his super suit a keyhole stomach, it’s what we deserve!
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