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Marvel movies will “absolutely” introduce LGBTQ+ characters “very soon”, says Kevin Feige

Initial reports that a trans character would appear in the upcoming Eternals movie have since been refuted

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Kevin Feige attends the filmmakers press conference for Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' South Korea premiere on April 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Disney)

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that the mega franchise’s next phase of movies will include a major LGBTQ+ character.

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The franchise has often come under fire for what has been considered a lack of queer representation, but according to Feige’s comments, this will be addressed imminently.

Asked by a fan at a Q&A session in New York about plans to introduce more LGBTQ+ characters, and specifically trans characters, Feige responded, “Yes, absolutely yes.”

He expanded, “Very soon, in a movie we’re shooting right now, yes.”

This comment was initially reported as confirmation of a trans character appearing in an upcoming MCU movie, however sources have since told Variety that this is not the case.

Rather, a character belonging to the LGBTQ+ community will appear in the film, but not specifically a trans person.

No other details were revealed about who the character is or which actor will be portraying them.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, and Barry Keoghan of 'The Eternals' took part today in the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. 'The Eternals' will be released in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2020. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Feige had already confirmed that The Eternals would introduce the first gay character in the MCU’s history, telling Good Morning America last year that: “He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is.”

The Eternals will be the second film released in Marvel’s Phase Four, following Black Widow, and boasts an impressive cast including MCU newcomers Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington and Kumail Nanjiani.

The film will be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and, much like Guardians of the Galaxy it will focus on an outer-space superhero team.

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