Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios has recently made a bold statement by saying that the representation of LGBTQ+ superheroes that the fans are going to see in the near future in Marvel Cinematic Universe is just the tip of the iceberg of what's coming in the future. "There have been gay heroes before in the comics. It is more than past time in the movies, It's just the start," Feige revealed while speaking with Variety in a recent interview during the world premiere of Eternals.
Marvel Studios has already disclosed the details that its upcoming superhero epic The Eternals will feature a gay superhero Phastos, played by actor Brian Tyree Henry, who will romance with Haaz Sleiman's character.
While Kevin Feige did not go into the specific details about LGBTQ+ representation in MCU, studios producer Victoria Alonso earlier this year spoke to Variety explaining that the superhero-based franchise is not trying to impose anything it is just to empower the community worldwide. "It takes time, we have so many stories that we can tell, we will empower those that are. We're not changing anything. We're just showing the world who these people are, who these characters are…," she explained.
Victoria went on to say that there is a lot of content that will be coming in the future that will feature LGBTQ+. "There's a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today. We're not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show, but we will do our best to consistently try to represent," she added.
Alonso claimed that the studio is not doing it because it's somehow politically correct or incorrect, it's just a natural thing. "I have to be honest with you, it's not a big deal, It is what it is when it suits the character. We're not going to do it because it's politically correct or incorrect. It is what it is. Don't forget, we follow our comics. We try to follow them quite to the tee. So in the comics, this is who he was," she continued.
The film is now just a month away from its official release date 5th November 2021, superstar Salma Hayek in the role of Ajak joins the sprawling cast list of the film with Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, Brian Tyree Henry in the role Phastos, Richard Madden in the role of Ikaris, Gemma Chan in the role of Sersi, Lauren Ridloff in the role of Makkari, Lia McHugh in the role of Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani in the role of Kingo, Barry Keoghan in the role of Druig, Don Lee in the role of Gilgamesh, Kit Harington in the role of Dane Whitman with additional actors including Harish Patel, Haaz Steiman as Phastos' husband, Ozer Ercan as a smuggler and Zain Al Rafeea in an unknown role.
The award-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao leads the film as the director, with the screenplay by Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo.