Marvel's production chief Victoria Alonso said she believes the "world is ready" for a leading gay superhero at the center of their own story amid rumors that the studio is looking to cast an openly gay actor for a starring role in an upcoming project.
The Eternals is scheduled to begin filming in the U.K.in September, and run through January of next year.
An openly gay Marvel exec has said that "the world is ready" for a gay superhero as speculation continues to mount about The Eternals. Alonso said about increasing diversity within the MCU and adding a gay superhero.
"Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?"
The latest film to be released by Marvel has also created a buzz in the LGBTQ community, with several fans claiming that Captain America - played by Brie Larson - is gay. Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. I'm so passionate about this.More news: George Foreman, Freeda Foreman: Boxing legend's daughter dies
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Marvel Studios appears ready as well. "If we don't put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success", the executive stated.
The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao from a script written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. If we don't do it that way for them, we will fail. She then promised that fans won't be disappointed with the stars Marvel ends up selecting for the reported gay character and the rest of the Eternals crew.
I'll give kudos to Marvel on this point, at least: they've waited a long time to have an LGBTQIA+ representation in the Avengers corner of the MCU, and it looks like they're trying to make sure they'll get it right.
Over the past several years, Marvel Studios has made an impressive effort to make films more representative of the modern world and this is another example of them making good on that.
It's worth noting that the Marvel Comics-based movie Deadpool 2 included the lesbian character Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand, an openly gay actress.