Marvel Studios is just a few days away from releasing its all-new superhero epic The Eternals and the superhero fans already know a lot regarding the various details of the film, one such important detail is that The Eternals is going to feature Marvel Studios' first openly gay couple Haaz Sleiman as Phastos' husband and actor Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos.
Haaz during the recent premiere of Eternals said that for a gay like him to play the role of a superhero in such a big Marvel film is "Beyond a dream come true. It's lifesaving,"
In an interview with Variety during the premiere of Eternals, Sleiman was asked what it means for him -- as a gay actor -- to be playing the husband of a gay superhero in a Marvel movie. "Beyond a dream come true. It's lifesaving," the actor said. "I wish I had that when I was a kid growing up, to see this. My god, I wish."
Sleiman continued, "Can you imagine how many lives this is going to be saving? Kids, you know, young queer folk who are either being bullied, committing suicide, not seeing themselves being represented. And now they get to see this."
Sleiman further discussed the important aspect of the film that it has such a diverse cast. "The fact that Brian [Tyree Henry] is also Black, you know, that's also beautiful to me. We're both people of color," the actor explained. "Marvel and Disney could not be any more global, there's nothing more global than that."
While the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is happening for the first time, it's something that is definitely not going to be the last as previously revealed by Victoria Alonso, the President of Physical and Post Production at the studio, that the representation of LGBTQ+ community is further going to increase in its films and it is something the studio is looking forward to in its future projects.
"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 said.
Alonso also touched upon the fact that the studio is not doing it because "it's politically correct or incorrect." "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.
In addition to Brian Tyree Henry in the role of Phastos and Haaz Sleiman as Phastos' husband, the film has Salma Hayek in the role of Ajak, Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, Richard Madden in the role 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 Harrington in the role of Dane Whitman with additional actors such as Harish Patel, Ozer Ercan as a smuggler and Zain Al Rafeea in an unknown role.