For all the wild success Marvel has had in getting people’s arses in seats to all of its movies, the studio hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to LGBTQI+ representation. However, it appears that this is about to change as it’s been confirmed that the upcoming Eternals will feature the MCU’s first ever gay couple.
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Chatting to Logo about being part of the sprawling Marvel universe for the first time, Haaz Sleiman says he’ll be playing the husband of Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos in Eternals, and they’ll be representing a gay couple with a child.
Not only will there be a gay couple onscreen in a Marvel movie for the first time but we’ll actually see them interact with each other and doing couple-y things like kissing and stuff instead of being background afterthoughts:
“Oh, yeah, absolutely, and it’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be.
“Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point.
“We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.“
This is a big thing for LGBTQI+ representation in the MCU as previous efforts were pretty meh. Over the course of 20-something films, all we got was lot of off-screen talk about Valkryie being bisexual in Thor: Ragnarok and a minor gay character in Endgame. It’s not been great and Marvel has copped quite a bit of criticism for it over the years for talking the talk but not walking the walk.
Here’s hoping that Marvel actually follow through properly with its LGBTQI+ representation in Eternals this time around because it’s important and it’s a little tiring seeing studios doing the absolute bare minimum in terms of inclusivity and patting themselves on the back for it (*cough* that kiss in Rise Of Skywalker *cough*).
Let’s see whether it’s another case of Marvel doing a lot of talking and no showing or whether actual progress is made this time around when Eternals drops on November 6.
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