According to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, a transgender superhero will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe “very soon”.
The historic addition has been confirmed by Feige himself at a recent Q&A that took place at the New York Film Academy. As reported by the BBC, Feige was asked by an audience member if future productions would feature LGBTQ+ representation, specifically the T (trans characters).
Feige replied: “Yes, absolutely. Yes,”, and also added that the trans character would be introduced in a movie that they’re filming right now.
Geeks WorldWide reported back in July 2019 that Marvel had issued a casting call for a transgender actress in her 20s or 30s of any ethnicity to audition for a role code-named “Jessica”.
According to the fansite, the role could be for a variety of upcoming Marvel movies, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, Hawkeye, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The most likely candidate, though, is Thor: Love and Thunder, because the only major transgender superhero in the Marvel Comics is attached to Thor: Sera. It’s a wingless angel that develops a romance with Thor’s half-sister Angela.
To add to that, the Thor universe already includes an LGBTQ character – Valkyrie. Even though the character is bisexual in the comics, though, it was not clearly defined in the movie Thor: Ragnarok. The character is played by Tessa Thompson, who said her bisexual side would be amended in future films, now that Valkyrie has been crowned the new king of Asgard. She said that as the new king, Valkyrie needs to find her queen.
The first clearly gay superhero in the MCU will be featured in The Eternals, and Feige said that the character is married, has a family, and that’s just part of who he is.
Besides LGBTQ+ representation, Marvel Comics plans on a whole new wave of diversity in its movies, including the first-ever deaf and Asian-American superheroes.