The Marvel Universe is about to include more LGBTQ.
According to the BBC, studio head Kevin Feige was asked during a Q&A at the New York Film Academy whether fans could expect to see any transgender characters in upcoming films.
“Yes, absolutely. Yes,” Feige responded. “And very soon. In a movie that we’re shooting right now.”
While it is unknown which film Feige is referring to, it has previously been confirmed that the upcoming film “The Eternals” will feature the series’ first gay character, as well as the first deaf superhero.
Another upcoming movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring” will feature Marvel’s first Asian-American superhero, played by Canadian actor Simu Liu.
“You look at the success of ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Black Panther’. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen,” Feige told the audience at the Q&A.
On Twitter, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo praised the decision to include a trans character in the MCU.
Marvel has been criticized in the past for teasing a gay character in “Avengers: Endgame”, only for it to be a background character with one line. Disney’s “Star Wars” franchise was also recently criticized for its fleeting moment of two women kissing in the background in “The Rise of Skywalker”.
In July, Geeks WorldWide reported that Marvel was seeking to cast a trans woman for a part, speculating that the character could be Sera, the only trans woman in Marvel comics, and would likely be featured in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder”.
However, Feige’s remark about Marvel’s trans character coming “very soon” may have been misinterpreted. According to Variety, two sources clarified that he “only intended to respond to the first part about LGBT+ characters, and he did not mean to imply that a trans character will be coming to the MCU ‘very soon.'”