Marvel's 'The Eternals' Will Introduce the MCU's First Openly Gay Character

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie isn't the only LGBTQ representative coming to Phase 4.

The Eternals will include the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first openly gay character.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, confirmed the news during an interview with Good Morning America. "He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is," Feige said, though he did not clarify which character he was discussing.

The Eternals is one of Marvel's most ambitious projects making its way to the big screen, with a star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry and more.

Feige's confirmation follows Disney's big presentation at D23 Expo over the weekend, where Marvel announced additional cast members joining The Eternals and revealed concept art previewing the ensemble's superhero looks in the film.

ET spoke with Jolie backstage at D23, where she revealed that Marvel is so secretive the addition of Harington was a total surprise to her!

"I'm not so sure what we can say," Jolie said with a smile. "I still think we're seeing each other behind the scenes, like, 'Did you hear...?' I didn't know Kit was in the film! It's a whole thing. I'm thrilled, but I had no idea."

Hayek, meanwhile, said that each character in the film is "beautiful in different ways." "They're my children, I know them all," she explained. "It's like a family and I'm like their mother and they're all beautiful in different ways."

As far as further LGBTQ+ representation coming to the MCU, Tessa Thompson previously confirmed that her character, Valkyrie, will be openly queen in Thor: Love and Thunder. "As new king [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen," she said onstage at last month's Comic-Con. "That will be the first order of business. She has some ideas. I'll keep you posted."

The Eternals is in theaters on Nov. 6, 2020, while Thor: Love and Thunder arrives almost exactly a year later on Nov. 5, 2021.

See more from Jolie's interview at D23 below.


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