Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that the MCU will be getting its first transgender character “very soon.” In a recent appearance as a guest speaker at the New York Film Academy, Feige discussed Marvel’s aspirations to include greater LGBTQ+ representation in the franchise, as one student inquired about whether the studio had any plans to add more diverse superheroes to their upcoming roster of movies, specifically referencing transgender characters.
“Yes, absolutely yes,” Feige said. “Very soon. In a movie we’re shooting right now.”
While Feige did not specify which movie the character will appear in, Marvel’s Black Widow and The Eternals are both currently in active development, as these are the first two titles set to launch the Phase 4 of the MCU later this year.
Feige previously confirmed that The Eternals will feature the MCU’s first openly gay character in a large role, telling Good Morning America in August last year, “He’s married. He’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is.”
Feige has overseen the release of 23 Marvel movies, beginning with Iron Man in 2008, and has been a part of Marvel Studios for almost 20 years.