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Kevin Feige Confirms The Eternals Differs From The Comics And Features An Openly Gay Superhero

"He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is."

Kevin Feige has confirmed that Valkyrie won’t be the only queer superhero in the MCU and that The Eternals will feature their own openly gay character.

It was rumoured for some time that The Eternals would feature an openly gay superhero when Feige told io9 earlier this year he wants all fans to see themselves represented on the screen.

“Well it’s accurate in that we’ve talked about [it for] a long time… 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.”

Now, Feige has made the news official at the D23 Expo, but didn’t reveal which character he was talking about. He told Good Morning America in an interview, “He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is.”

What’s interesting to note is that The Eternals comics have never featured an LGBTQ character so they’re changing the storyline to be more inclusive. Not only that, but the cast of the film is also quite diverse.

The film stars Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff (who will star as the MCU’s first deaf superhero), Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan returns to the MCU as Sersi, not as Minn Erva, the character she played in Captain Marvel. Chloé Zhao will direct the movie which is expected to be released on November 6, 2020.

Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo appeared in the film as a gay character, but as the role was so small there was a lot of backlash.

Zach Barack became the first trans actor to appear in an MCU film when he starred in Spider-Man: Far From Home, however, this was also quite a small background part.

Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, was confirmed by Feige as the first openly LGBTQ character, however, the scene that would have confirmed this in Thor: Ragnarok was cut.

Thompson revealed at Comic-Con in July that Valkyrie, as the king of New Asgard, “needs to find her queen.” So, it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Marvel Releases Poster For Black Widow And Reveals The First Look At Red Guardian

It looks so good!

A Black Widow concept art poster has been released at Disney’s D23 Expo and showcases Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) new costume as well as the first look at Red Guardian (David Harbour) and the new villain Taskmaster.

The movie, which is set for release on May 1, 2020, started filming earlier this year and was only officially confirmed at Comic-Con last month.

It’s believed the movie is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and will focus on Natasha going head-to-head with the Red Room program that trained her to be an assassin.

Credit: Marvel

The film also stars Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, who also play Black Widows from the program and are named Yelena Belova and Melina Vostokoff. David Harbour plays Red Guardian – basically the Soviet version of Captain America.

At this stage, we know Taskmaster is the main villain, but we don’t know who has been cast in the role.

Without a trailer, the poster gives us our first look at the characters in costume.

Andy Park, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development, shared the poster on Instagram and wrote, “BLACK WIDOW!!! Official D23 poster I had the honor of painting.

“This character is very near & dear to me since this is like the gazillionth time I’ve concept designed/painted this iconic Avenger. What a cast, what a crew, this is gonna be a good one!”

Natasha is featured prominently at the front, then Yelena and Red Guardian are beside her with the other Black Widows and Taskmaster is seen above.

Fans were excited to get their first glimpse at the poster, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts:

Andy also shared another image of Black Widow and Taskmaster fighting, showing a little more of the villain.

Those who attended D23 were shown a short clip from the film, so hopefully, that becomes available for those of us who couldn’t attend as well.

Game Of Thrones Predicted Kit Harington's New Role In The MCU All The Way Back In Season One

Um, spoiler alert!

It turns out that Kit Harington’s casting in The Eternals as Black Knight was predicted all the way back in Game of Thrones season one.

The casting news was announced at Disney’s D23 Expo and the movie will see a GoT reunion for Harington and Richard Madden who will play Ikaris in the film.

Madden played Robb Stark, Jon Snow’s half-brother (but in reality, they ended up being cousins), on the show, but the pair only got to share the screen in the first couple of episodes.

In ‘The Kingsroad’, the second episode of GoT season one, Jon and Robb say goodbye to each other as Jon heads for the Wall to join the Night’s Watch.

Robb tells him, “Next time I see you, you’ll be all in black.” Jon responds, “It was always my colour.”

Unfortunately (spoiler alert), they were never reunited because Jon went beyond the Wall and Robb was killed at the Red Wedding.

However, the pair will finally get that chance when they join the MCU in The Eternals as they’re both playing prominent characters in the movie so will likely be sharing the screen at some point.

And because Harington is playing Dane Whitman, AKA Black Knight, the next time Madden sees him on camera he’ll be wearing all black.

Credit: HBO

While it’s not exactly the Jon and Robb reunion we always wanted, we’ll take what we can get.

At this stage, it isn’t exactly clear how Black Knight fits into the movie as he’s not an Eternal. Dane has previously teamed up with the Avengers and the Defenders in the comics, so perhaps he’ll spin-off into other Marvel films after The Eternals.

The movie is set for release in November 2020.

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