did not announce casting for the character or state which member of the humanoid clan would be
+, he did add in a pretaped Monday interview with
Good Morning America
that Marvel's first gay superhero would also be getting a partner.
"He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is," he said.
Marvel's first foray into meaningful LGBTQ+ representation has been a longtime coming for the studio, which has teased the introduction of queer characters for years. Back in 2015, Feige promised the Marvel Cinematic Universe would "for sure" get an out LGBTQ+ character within the next 10 years.
However, Marvel has taken extremely small steps to get to this point.
Guardians of the Galaxy
director James Gunn
hinted at an LGBTQ+ character
in the franchise's second installment before almost immediately backpedaling, while
doesn't mention that the rock monster Korg (voiced by director Taika Waititi in a brief cameo) is gay. In the comics, he's reportedly in a relationship with Hiroim the Shamed.
had a gay character, the moment was strictly blink-and-you'll-miss it. A member of Captain America's support group (played by co-director Joe Russo) lost his boyfriend when Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of existence with a snap of his fingertips.
Russo acknowledged the milestone wasn't nearly enough to answer LGBTQ+ fans' desire to be seen in their favorite franchises. However, he and his co-director brother, Joe, felt even a small gesture was worth it.
"Representation is really important," Russo
told the entertainment website
in April. "It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that."
Reception to the character was mixed, however, with
calling the reveal "insulting" and
calling it a "failure" and a "half-baked attempt at diversity."
But if Marvel has promised to further commit to inclusion in its next phase of film franchises,
shows it's off to a good start. In addition to two LGBTQ+ characters, Salma Hayek (
) will star as the studio's first Latina lead, while Gemma Chan (
Crazy Rich Asians
) and Kumail Nanjiani (
The Big Sick
) while will be among Marvel's first Asian superheroes. The studio is also set to adapt
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
, starring Simu Liu in the titular role.
In addition, the choice of Zhao (
) to direct The Eternals makes her the first Asian woman to helm a Marvel movie. Cathy Yan (
) will direct the Harley Quinn spinoff
Birds of Prey
, but that's a DC project.
is scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2020.