We already knew that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was seeking a gay actor to play the first out gay superhero in one of its films, but we just found out a little more about the character’s backstory.
At D23, the annual expo for Disney fans, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige shared some details about the gay character who will appear in The Eternals when it comes out on November 6, 2020.
Feige said, “The Eternals will feature Marvel’s first openly gay character. He’s married and has a family and it’s part of who he is.”
A family man? Well that’s nice and reflective of the life many gay men lead in America.
What’s funny is that fans still are still speculating about which of the male superheroes will be gay. The website CBR.com shared the list of possible candidates:
Judging by Fiege’s comment, the openly queer hero will be a male character. This means the list of candidates for the character includes Ikaris (Richard Madden), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Gilgamesh (Don Lee) and Druig (Barry Keoghan).
We said we thought that Richard Madden, the acclaimed actor of films like Rocketman and the HBO series Game of Thrones, will play the gay character, but it’s unclear if he’s gay. It’s been rumored elsewhere that Don Lee will be the gay character, though it’s unclear if the South Korean actor is gay either.
Could it be that the actor who plays Marvel’s first gay cinematic superhero will also use the role as their coming out? Hmmm…
This is a big deal as Marvel Studios’ 23 superhero films released over the last decade have basically had no queer representation, save a grieving man in The Avengers: Endgame, even though Marvel has over 98 openly gay characters in its roster.
The announcement also comes after it was revealed last month that Marvel’s rival comic book company, DC Comics, will feature explicitly lesbian characters in its upcoming 2020 film Birds of Prey.