In superheroic news, leaked photos from the set of the new Marvel film The Eternals reveal the first glimpse of the character Ikaris, allegedly the first out-gay superhero in the MCU.
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Photos posted to social media show actor Richard Madden on set during filming, though sadly not in his hero costume. Said pictures also concentrated on Madden’s posterior, which might qualify as a superpower unto itself.
#Eternals set photos reveal first look at Richard Madden as Ikaris pic.twitter.com/8ag7MZVebf
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Born over 20.000 years ago, Ikaris possesses powers of flight, super strength and immortality. He fights alongside the other members of the Eternals team to defend Earth from the Deviants, a group of superpowered humanoids bent on conquering the world.
Marvel CEO Kevin Fiege had assured audiences that The Eternals would feature the first major LGBTQ character, and that the studio had also auditioned a number of LGBTQ actors for the role. Though he has never commented on his sexuality publicly, Madden is known to have had relationships with both men and women.
The Eternals opens in cinemas November 6, 2020.
YUMMY! He’s got one sweet butt!
He is incandescently hot, and a terrific actor too. “Bodyguard” was superb and unbearably suspenseful, in no small measure due to Richard Madden’s enormous appeal and talent. During those last two episodes I was a nervous wreck for him. He and the series both get my highest 5-star recommendation.
I always thought the first gay superhero should be named Thunderthighs.
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I heard this was a photoshoot for Calvin Klein (clothes/underwear). Sorry to correct this headline.
Yes, it was practically everywhere a few days ago as a Calvin Klein shoot. Now it’s being re-purposed in various places as an Eternals shoot. Whichever it is, a huge number of media outlets are wrong – which just goes to how utterly unreliable many of them are. Who knows if Queerty has picked the right story, but if they have I’m willing to bet it’s by accident, and with no checking.
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That is certainly a relief as I’ve looked at Ikaris’ costume and it’s certainly not denim on denim.
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it has never been confirmed that Ikaris was gay, this is just lazy news,
Isn’t Northstar the first gay superhero?
Oh no! Couldn’t it have been a openly gay actor and someone a bit more attractive! I find Madden terminally dull and not very sexy with his kit off!
I guess I’m a dick man!
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Phastos is the first MCU gay superhero not ikarus which means that it is possible the actor who plays could be LGBT.
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