It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...an openly gay person? News broke Monday that Marvel is actively looking to cast an LGBTQ+ actor as a superhero in 2020’s The Eternals, and while some of us thought to ourselves, “Rude, Captain America and Bucky are right there,” the rest were excited to see the comics giant finally expanding representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for queers the way they have for women and people of color (with Captain Marvel and Black Panther). The role in question calls for “an actor, 30-49, who ‘physically looks like a superhero’” but that’s just a rough guideline.
Marvel casting agents, here are a few queer actors whose agents you should be getting in touch with immediately. (And screw your casting credentials!)
When the news hit Twitter that Marvel was searching for a queer actor for their next big superhero property, Dan Levy bravely volunteered as tribute. Marvel loves to cast comic actors as heroes (as evidenced by Chris Pratt, the worst Chris), and Levy has become something of a twunk recently. Alexis voice: I see your arms in those sweaters, David. We’re all for it.
Monáe’s music is so clearly inspired by science fiction — Metropolis, The ArchAndroid — that casting her as a superhero is a no brainer. The pansexual icon is also already a celebrated actress with roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight, so she’s got the chops needed to join the Marvel pantheon. (Plus, her Thom Browne ensembles are already superhero-worthy.)
Most of us remember Cruz as the adorable Rickie from My So Called Life, but in recent years he’s dabbled in sci-fi as a regular on Star Trek: Discovery. He’s also, as evidenced by his Instagram, dabbled in some serious weight lifting (with cardio for good measure), so his training period would likely be pretty abrupt.
Pose’s Mother of the House of Abundance was meant to be a deliciously wicked, high-femme villain in the vein of Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok. Imagine her strutting down a catwalk littered with the bodies of her enemies, ready to destroy some boring, white, cishetero “hero” — talk about slaying.