When it comes to breaking new grounds, Marvel Studios seems to be ahead of the curve. Following the success of Black Panther and early success of Captian Marvel, the studio has its eyes set breaking a new barrier.
The studio is said to be searching for an openly gay actor to join the cast of upcoming flick The Eternals, which is set to start filming later this year. Based on a fictional species of humanity, the movie will follow the original defenders of Earth, who were designed by the Celestials.
According to That Hashtag Show, Marvel is looking to ideally cast an openly gay actor of any ethnicity, aged 30-49, who “physically looks like a superhero” as one of the film’s leads.
Word of the MCU’s first gay superhero has been a while coming, and this new info makes sense following an interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige from last summer in which he said there would soon be at least two LGBTQ on-screen characters.
Marvel officially put The Eternals into development last spring when the studio hired Matthew and Ryan Firpo to pen the script. Then, Marvel hired The Rider director Chloé Zhao to helm The Eternals last September.
Everything Marvel studio touches seem to turn into gold. If The Eternals becomes another Marvel success, it will open the flood gates to more openly gay superheroes.