Amid ‘Eternals’ Rumors, Marvel Production Chief Says ‘the World is Ready’ for a Gay Superhero

The Eternals

Attending the premiere of Captain Marvel in Los Angeles, Marvel’s production chief Victoria Alonso told Variety that “the world is ready” for a gay superhero.

Alonso would not confirm rumors that the studio is seeking a gay lead for its 2020 tentpole The Eternals, but said,“We are going to cast the best ‘Eternals’ cast that we can and when we’re ready to announce it we promise you we will.”

She added: “Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail.”

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Marvel Studios is Seeking Gay Lead for ‘The Eternals’

Not too much is known about Marvel Studios 2020 tentpole, The Eternals, except this: they are seeking a gay lead for the film.

“During the press coverage of Ant-Man and The Wasp last year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that the studio was working towards bringing a new, LGBTQ character to the mix in the near future. As it turns out, that future is nearly upon us as the studio searches for an actor, 30-49, who ‘physically looks like a superhero’ for one of the film’s leads. While the studio is open to actors of all ethnicity, they would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor,” reports The Hash Tag Show.

This would make it the first Marvel Universe film to feature an openly gay actor playing an out gay character.

The Eternals are not a widely known property in pop culture.

Creations of the legendary Jack Kirby, The Eternals were superpowered God like beings created by the mysterious clock makers of the Marvel Universe, the Celestials.

From The Eternals, Number one, by Jack Kirby, 1976

The most famous Eternal that you may be aware of would be the super villain Thanos from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

According to Cosmic News: “The identity of the gay Eternals character is being kept a secret, with the character said to have a major presence in the film alongside the other leads expected to be Sersi, Ikaris and Piper. It is not known if the character will be new to the MCU, as none of the characters in the comics are gay. Additional characters said to be in the movie also include Makkari, Starfox aka Eros (brother of Thanos), Druig, Elysisus, Forgotten One, Thena, Zuras and possibly either Hercules or Ares.”

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Is The Eternals the first Marvel movie with a gay protagonist?

Ikaris, one of the protagonists of The Eternals.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe might be about to welcome its first LGBTI protagonist played by an openly gay actor.

New movie The Eternals, off the 1976 comics created by James Kirby, will focus on the group of defenders and their war against The Defiants.

What do we know?

The film reportedly has a 2020 release date. Last year, the studio hired Matthew and Ryan Firpo to pen the script.

Then, Marvel hired The Rider director Chloé Zhao to helm The Eternals in September 2018. As for filming, principal photography will begin in September 2019.

Now the studio seems to be on the lookout for an openly gay actor to fill the role of the LGBTI character.

According to That Hashtag Show, Marvel is looking to ideally cast an openly gay actor as one of the film’s leads. He might be of any ethnicity, aged 30-49, and needs to ‘physically look like a superhero’.

The character

It is not known if the character will be new, as none of the characters in the comics are gay.

It’s also unclear whether this character is one from the Marvel Comics or one of the twelve teased in the character breakdowns.

These characters are Karen, Druig, Piper, Elysius, Forgotten One, Ikaris, Makkari, Sersi, Starfox, Thena, Zuras. Moreover, there is an unnamed Greek God character. All of the roles appear to be open to any and all ethnicities.

The identity of the gay Eternals character is still a secret. However, he will have a major presence in the film alongside other leads Sersi, Ikaris and Piper.

LGBTI actors in Marvel movies

If Marvel does cast an LGBTI actor in the role of a gay character in Eternals, that would be a first for the studio.

While there have been LGBTI actors playing Marvel superheroes in the past, their characters were either straight or their sexuality was undisclosed.

Think about the original X-Men trilogy, starring Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin.

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Author: Stefania Sarrubba

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