We’ve known for a while now that Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” is going to be an important film, not just for the overall story of the MCU but also because that movie is supposed to be a major step forward as far as inclusivity goes in the superhero universe. Previous reports have said that Chloe Zhao’s upcoming film will feature the MCU’s first openly gay lead hero, with many reports pointing to Richard Madden’s Ikaris being that character. But according to Kevin Feige, it’s not just one character that is going to help add an LGBTQ element to the film.
Speaking at the New York Film Academy (via CNN), Feige teased that “Eternals” is going to feature the MCU’s first transgender superhero.
The Marvel Studios president was asked about when we might see a transgender superhero arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And his response pointed to the inclusion coming very soon.
“Yes, absolutely yes,” Feige said. “Very soon. In a movie we’re shooting right now.”
Of course, if you’re following the current production schedule of Marvel Studios, you know that the film that is being produced right now is the aforementioned “Eternals,” directed by Zhao. That film is said to follow the titular group of heroes that are part of an ancient race of aliens created by the mythical Celestials that has been living on Earth for hundreds of years and protects the planet from outside threats.
We still have no idea which character might be revealed to be trans, as none of the casting information has hinted at that sort of revelation. The current cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington.
Feige also took the time out to assure fans that there will be more female representation behind-the-scenes, as well. In 2020 alone, Marvel Studios’ two big film releases, “Eternals” and “Black Widow,” are directed by female filmmakers. However, Feige points to more female directors being announced soon on other projects.
“We have three other shows we’ve announced, we haven’t announced the players yet, but spoiler alert — two out of three of them are women,” Feige said. “It makes for better stories. I say, when you are sitting at a table and everyone looks like you, you’re in trouble. You aren’t going to get the best story out of that.”
Of those shows Marvel Studios is working on, you can assume, based on the information known, Feige is alluding to “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight,” or “Ms. Marvel.” So, we’ll be expecting some more information about those projects soon.
“Eternals” will arrive in theaters on November 6, 2020.