UPDATE (01/03/2020): At a recent Q&A session, Marvel boss Kevin Feige was asked if there are more LGBTQ+ characters, "specifically the T — trans characters," headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His answer was immediate: "Yes! Absolutely yes." But, it seems that maybe the response was a bit too immediate.
According to a new report from Variety citing unnamed sources, Feige's eager answer was for the first part of the question, not the second. In fact, his answer was likely in reference to The Eternals, which we all were aware of. Talk about anticlimactic.
ORIGINAL (01/02/2020): Looks like Marvel is truly dedicated to expanding who is represented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent appearance at the New York Film Academy, the president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, Kevin Feige, participated in a question and answer session, fielding inquiries from students. And while some of the questions were about the general growing diversity about both onscreen and offscreen talent involved in the MCU, one curious student asked about the future.
“Are there any current plans on bringing more LGBTQ+ characters into the MCU, specifically the T — trans characters?” they asked. Feige’s answer was short, but sweet.
“Yes,” he replied. “Absolutely, yes. And very soon, in a movie that we’re shooting right now” Well, that’s that on that.
While the answer was in the affirmative, it doesn’t reveal whether or not the character is a superhero or not, nor whether the role will be of any consequence. In terms of gay characters, the MCU introduced the first openly gay character via a scene in Avengers: Endgame that lasted only minutes, where a guy was talking about a partner he lost; It was essentially fluff. But Marvel went back to that well and in coming films will include the first openly gay superhero in the upcoming Eternals flick, and will also finally show Valkyrie with an onscreen female love interest in Thor: Love and Thunder.
In July 2019 reports emerged that Marvel was looking to cast "transgender actresses only" for a new role. At the time her name was reported as Jessica, who some speculated could appear in Thor.
The trans character in question could theoretically appear in either of the aforementioned projects or one of the other “Phase 4” projects. That phase also includes Fantastic Four, Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, Blade, Black Widow, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Feige also did not specify whether or not Marvel would cast a trans actor to play the role. If they did, the actor would be the second openly trans actor to appear in a Marvel film. In 2019, Zach Barack appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home.