As the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares for an experimental 2020 and 2021, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has teased several progressive changes. For starters, the MCU will feature more minorities and women in lead roles compared to prior MCU Phases. The upcoming Marvel film, The Eternals, also contains one of the most diverse casts in Marvel history akin to the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming which was set in modern day New York City. While participating in a Q&A with the New York Film Academy (NYFA), Feige expanded upon previous statements regarding the inclusion of LGBT actors and characters:
Q: “Are there any current plans on bringing more LGBTQ+ characters into the MCU, specifically the T — trans characters?”
Kevin Feige: “Yes, very soon…In a movie we’re shooting right now.”
Feige also goes on to say:
“We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen.”
Based on movies currently in development, it seems like Feige is referring to The Eternals. One of the male leads for The Eternals is confirmed to be LGBT with a family and married, but details on the specific character are still minimal at this time. The Eternals is directed by Chloé Zhao and features an ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Gemma Chan as Sersi, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman/Black Knight.
Update: Variety has provided an update to this story, reporting that Feige only meant to confirm The Eternals will include an LGBT character, not specifically a transgender character.
SOURCE: NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY & VARIETY