Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Marvel Producer Says "the World is Ready" For a Gay Superhero

Marvel Producer Says

The studio is looking to cast an actor between the ages of 30-49 who "physically looks like a superhero" with no specific preference on ethnicity, but a preference on an actor who is openly gay.

There is no word yet on the identity of the gay character and the film is scheduled to beginning shooting in the United Kingdom in September and will be released in 2020. Although Marvel is looking for an openly gay character, the identity of the gay Eternals characters is a secret!

Marvel's production chief Victoria Alonso says it's time a gay superhero appears in the MCU franchise. Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why would we only want to be recognized by one type of person?

With Captain Marvel blasting off into theaters Friday in the first solo female superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are eager to ring in another long-overdue milestone.

LGBTQ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a major topic among fans this month. Our audience is global, it's diverse, it's inclusive. The name comes from Marvel's race of cosmic superbeings, who include the likes of Ego ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2") and Thanos ("Avengers: Infinity War"); the film will focus on Ikaris and Sersi, two Eternals with more benevolent views on humans. Given all the success, it's not surprising the studio is continuing to champion diversity with its films.

Marvel Studios is casting for its 2020 film The Eternals, and it appears the company will make good on a promise made by its president, Kevin Feige, who told The Playlist previous year to expect to see LGBTQ characters in the future: "Both ones you've seen and ones you haven't seen".

Chloe Zhao will direct the film, "Ruin" writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo have signed up to pen the script for the movie, and Feige will produce the picture.

Marvel has not yet given a release date for "The Eternals". Superheroes are, after all, a reflection of the underdogs of humanity, people with tragic backstories, ordinary emotions and extraordinary powers that they use for good, inspiring us to do the same.

Don't get me wrong here, I'm excited to see what happens with "The Eternals", and ecstatic to hear a gay superhero could be coming to the MCU.

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