The Marvel Cinematic Universe is (very slowly) starting to become more and more LGBTQ-inclusive in various ways.
The first official trailer for Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel just dropped, and one of the familiar faces we saw within the first few seconds of it was none other than hilarious gay comedian and actor Jordan Firstman.
The 30-year-old writer and producer is known mostly for the hilarious, hyper-specific impressions he does of random folks you'll probably encounter in your life on his Instagram account, so to see him get to shine in a big-budget production for one of the most popular superhero media franchises in the world is a welcome sight.
From the looks of the new Ms. Marvel trailer, Firstman is playing a guidance counselor giving sage advice to Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan, Marvel's first Muslim superhero character to headline her own comic book and now, Disney+ series. An average teenage girl who grew up in a Pakistani American household in New Jersey and idolizes Captain Marvel, the series is going to focus on Kamala's rise as a superhero while she juggles life as a high schooler going through typical high schooler things (like having crushes on boys and dealing with mean peers).
It's worth noting that in the comics, Kamala's bully-turned-friend Zoe Zimmer is canonically a lesbian, and although she's set to appear in the show as well (played by actress Laurel Marsden), we're not sure whether or not her queerness will be explored on screen. Though there was a rumor circulating that Disney was looking for an actor to play an LGBTQ+ character in the series, the trailer doesn't give any indication it would highlight/mention Zoe's identity, and considering Disney and Marvel's murky past when it comes to on-screen LGBTQ+ representation, we're not getting our hopes up too high.
Still, getting to see folks from the community populate the still overwhelmingly hetero world of the MCU is exciting, to say the very least, and we can't wait to see Firstman in action when Ms. Marvel premieres later this summer!
Ms. Marvel starts streaming June 8 on Disney+.