Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirms plans to add more LGBTQ characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but reportedly not a transgender character yet…
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand into 2020 and beyond, a major objective moving forward will be inclusivity with representation from difference races, sexuality and gender identity.
While making an appearance at the New York Film Academy, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked about the inclusion of more LGBT+ characters and then more specifically about the possibility of a transgender character joining the MCU.
“Yes, absolutely, yes,” Feige answered. “And very soon. In a movie that we’re shooting right now.”
Immediately afterwards it was reported that Marvel Studios was then planning to introduce a transgender character but it turns out Feige was just answering about the inclusion of more LGBTQ characters in general with one major addition to the MCU coming later this year.
Feige had previously confirmed plans for “The Eternals” to feature a gay character with a prominent role in the film, although he failed to reveal who will be playing that particular role.
“He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is,” Feige told “Good Morning America” at the D23 Expo in Anaheim in August 2019.
There’s obviously a chance a transgender character could be introduced at a later date but as of now it appears Feige was directly referencing the upcoming addition of a gay character in “The Eternals,” which is slated for release on November 6.
“The Eternals” stars Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Barry Keoghan, and Brian Tyree Henry.
Feige had previously gone to battle with fellow Disney executive Ike Perlmutter when he reportedly wanted to stop films based on “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” from being made. Feige won that war and now he’s been promoted to CCO — Chief Creative Officer — over all of Marvel including films, television and the comic division.
Both “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” have already been green lit for sequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and from the sound of things, Feige plans to introduce even more LGBTQ characters in the future as well.