JAKARTA - In early January 2020, the internet was buzzing with news that Marvel would add transgender characters to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) "soon".
Speaking at the New York Film Academy event, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked if there are plans to bring more LGBT + characters "into the Marvel world - specifically the T character, transgender?"
"Yes, of course, yes," he replied. "And soon - in the film we're making now."
The news was picked up by the media from the BBC to The Guardian, but Feige's answer turned out to be inaccurate. He hasn't addressed the "specifically T-element" of the question, referring only to the fact that the upcoming Eternals film will feature a gay character in the form of Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry.
Eternals will be released in November 2021, with Phastos as the MCU's first gay superhero. He will also get married and start a family.
In contrast to the MCU, which has not yet revealed any real details regarding the addition of transgender characters, their rival DC has added the transgender character Nia Nal - played by transgender actress Nicole Maines - to their fourth series of TV shows Supergirl. He is the first transgender superhero on television.
In 2018, prior to casting Maines and adding the character Nia Nal to the show, Supergirl creator Greg Berlanti spoke about the lack of transgender representation on DC Arrowverse, saying: "We don't have transgender characters active throughout the show [...] So I still feeling out of time every day about it. "
Three years later, the MCU is still holding back from following in DC's footsteps, despite the fact that they have a ready-made transgender superhero in the form of Sera, the only transgender character currently in Marvel comics.
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