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The Marvel Cinematic Universe had a record-breaking year in 2019, raking in $5 billion for the franchise. Now, 2020 is shaping up to be another revolutionary MCU run, with Marvel President Kevin Feige alluding to a transgender character in Phase 4.
According to Buzzfeed, Feige said in a recent New York Film Academy interview that a film currently in production features a trans character. Feige was asked whether there were plans to bring any more LGBTQ characters into the MCU.
“Yes, absolutely yes,” Feige said. “Very soon, in a movie we’re shooting right now, yes.”
Fifteen new projects were announced at San Diego Comic Con in 2019 as part of the MCU’s Phase 4. Of these, Buzzfeed narrowed down Eternals, which is under production and set to release in 2020, as the likeliest project for the trans character. Feige also told Good Morning America that the film would include an openly gay character.
Fans of the franchise, however, are notably skeptical about Feige’s show of inclusivity. This is not the first time Marvel creators have teased LGBTQ characters—Avengers: Endgame‘s promise of a gay character initially caused a lot of hubbub. Unfortunately, the character ended up being a shockingly small cameo from co-director Joesph Russo, who played an unnamed man in a support group. Fans are determined not to fall for similar assurances again.
Ok folks welcome to the first episode of— Hancocks Irradiated dong (@F0rtuneL0wT1er) December 31, 2019
PREDICT THE BAIT
WILL THIS TRANS CHARACTER:
A) be a major character
B) be a side character
C) be the villain
or D) have a total of ~10 minutes of screentime and ultimately be left to collect dust by marvel https://t.co/RlDJrjrUqv
You did the same with Spider-man Far From Home, with the actor Zach Barack who is trans and unless you had a magnifying glass looking in background shots you would never even know they were in the movie. Do better Marvel, you can do a lot better for LGBTQA+ community https://t.co/F1Rx59fg6S— Mark Danvers (@MWDanvers) December 31, 2019
"Teases" is the most important word in that sentence. Don't let them fool you.— The Sapphic Bouquet ⚖ (@Multi_Sapphire) December 31, 2019
Disney owns Marvel, and therefore they won't ever release good trans/queer content.
Support queer writers if you want to do something constructive with your anger at this. https://t.co/STrHdiblsF
While there are no further details on the nature of this character, hopefully Marvel has listened to fans and won’t make the same mistake twice with LGBTQ inclusivity.
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.