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Marvel's First Transgender Superhero Is Arriving Sooner Than You Think

It's a new era of diversity and inclusion.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand with confirmation that the franchises first transgender superhero is arriving sooner than we think.

In a recent Q&A at the New York Film Academy, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was asked whether there were any plans to involve more LGBTQI+ characters in films. “Specifically the T, trans characters,” he confirmed. “Yes, absolutely. Yes.”

Feige added that Marvel’s first transgender superhero will appear “in a movie that we’re shooting right now.”

This is by no means the MCU’s first attempt at making the franchise more inclusive. 

This year, The Eternals is set to introduce Marvel’s first gay and deaf superheroes and its first Asian-American superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, arriving in February 2021. 

Speaking to io9 in August 2019, Feige said, “you look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther…We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen.”

“And that’s what we’ve been doing for a long time. And certainly, that’s what we’re focusing on going forward.” 

At last year’s Comic Con, Marvel announced Phase 4 of the franchise – a new era of diversity and inclusion within the MCU. In an interview with Inverse, Marvel Studios Executive Trinh Tran said, “female representation, the diversity of it all, is very important because this is the world we live in.”

“There’s so many different people out there and in order for us to relate to them, we have to make movies that are different. We can’t always be about one race or gender. That’s not the way to connect with the world.”

While many of the original Marvel comics lacked in diversity, there is a clear effort to try and rectify this in casting and storyline adjustments, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

We Need To Talk About Amanda Bynes' Possible Face Tattoo

She's making headlines once again.

There’s a certain level of commitment that comes with getting a tattoo – and even more of a risk when it’s a face tattoo. Just ask Amanda Bynes, who appears to have added some fresh face ink to her collection. 

The actress took to Instagram yesterday to post a selfie in which it looks like she’s had the outline of a heart permanently etched into her cheek. Bynes provided no explanation of the tattoo in the caption apart from a mysterious alien emoji.

In March 2019, it was reported that Bynes had been checked into a mental health facility after stepping back into the limelight and consequently relapsing. Prior to her relapse, Bynes spoke about her past struggles in a revealing interview with PAPER magazine

After being unhappy with her appearance in a number of films including 2006’s She’s The Man, Bynes turned to Adderall in hopes it would help her lose weight. In 2010, she announced her retirement from acting via Twitter and began experimenting with drugs including cocaine and ecstasy. 

“I had a lot of time on my hands and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be stoned all day long,” she told PAPER Magazine. “I got really into my drug usage…and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”

Bynes was extremely active on Twitter during her addiction, and would often make headlines for posting outlandish things. “I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would. And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad,” she said, adding that whenever she would get high “It was like an alien had literally invaded my body.”

In April 2019, Bynes family attorney told E! News that “Amanda is doing great, working on herself, and taking some well-deserved time off to focus on her well-being after graduating FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising] in December.” However, it has since been reported that Bynes has fled the mental health facility she was checked into around the same time she posted the face tattoo photo to Instagram.

While getting a face tattoo might seem like a bold choice, Amanda Bynes is no stranger to altering her appearance. Over the years, the actress has sported multiple face piercings, wigs and brightly coloured hair.

Credit: Raymond Hall/FilmMagic

Whether the face tattoo is real or not, the more important question here is: is Amanda Bynes getting the help and support she needs for her mental health and wellbeing? We can only hope.

If you, or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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