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Marvel May Soon Have Its First Openly Gay Superhero Movie Lead

Another positive step forwards for the comic book movie behemoth.

As 2019 is shaping up to be another massive year for Marvel with Captain Marvel about to rake in a big pile of money and the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the brains behind the superhero juggernaut are putting pieces in place for its 2020 slate.

And it appears that Marvel are aiming to break new ground with its new films because it is being reported by That Hashtag Show that the studio are looking to cast an openly gay actor to play their first ever gay lead superhero for its upcoming Eternals movie.

There is really only one reaction to this news and I’ll let one of the Queer Eye guys do the honours:

It is being reported that the studio are looking for someone who is aged 30 to 49 and “physically looks like a superhero”, meaning that Marvel’s new hero is gonna be swole AF.

This isn’t the first time that Marvel have talked about wanting to introduce more LGBTQI characters into the MCU as the studio’s head Kevin Feige spoke about working on a couple of new queer storylines for future movies during last year’s Ant-Man And The Wasp press tour.

It also marks another progressive step forward for Marvel in terms of hiring non-white talent in recent years, having hired Taika Waititi to direct the successful Thor: Ragnarok, Ryan Coogler to direct the even-more-successful Black Panther, and Anna Boden to co-direct the sure-to-be-successful Captain Marvel.

And who knows? Given how big Marvel is, maybe the casting of an openly gay actor will open more Hollywood doors for those in the LGBTQI community and start a new conversation about greater representation in the industry.

This hot piece of gossip also means that Eternals is unexpectedly shaping up to be one of the most diverse films Marvel has ever put together in terms of cast and crew. We already know that Marvel have hired Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao to direct the film, which automatically pushes Eternals‘ cool factor up several notches.

Cool, cool, cool.

Given the depressing lack of queer representation in the MCU so far (I know Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok is bisexual but the deleting of all scenes alluding to it and having the cast tell people that fact during the press tour is pretty poor form), it really is about time Marvel did something to fix that anyway.

There have been no cast announcements yet so it remains to be seen whether Marvel will succeed in their quest to find an openly gay actor for the Eternals but the studio doesn’t really have any excuse if they fail as there’s more than enough time as the movie isn’t scheduled to come out until 2020 and production isn’t starting until the second half of 2019.

Terry Crews Shares A Heartfelt Apology For His Bad Parenting Take After Being Educated By Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz is such a treasure.

Terry Crews disappointed a lot of people recently when he shared his views about parenting, which were, uh, not very good.

The gist is that he believes a child can only get certain things from a father and children being brought up by single parents and same-sex parents would be deprived of said certain things.

Yeah, like I said, not very good.

But after a few days of standing firm on that hill and clapping back at detractors, Terry has now shared a heartfelt apology for his remarks and it’s all thanks to some educating from his Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star and actual hero Stephanie Beatriz.

In a series of tweets, Terry revealed that he had a “great talk” with Stephanie that helped “shed a lot of light on why the LGBTQI community were hurt by [his] comments.”

He then issued an apology to all those who were “triggered or felt targeted” by his remarks, which came from his own personal experiences as a “black father”, and credited his co-star for giving him a new perspective.

For those who are unaware, Stephanie is bisexual so this whole issue comes from a very real place for her. The fact that both she and Terry were able to sit down and have a constructive conversation about this topic speaks volumes to the type of people they are.

At a time when sincere apologies are few and between because people are rubbish at admitting when they’re wrong, Terry’s apology is one that is done right because he straight up took responsibility for his comments and was willing to listen to other people’s point of view on the matter.

Start taking notes, future famous person who says something dumb, this is a perfect example on how to apologise so don’t go playing the “Sorry you feel that way about the thing but here’s why you’re wrong about me” card because that simply won’t fly.

Doing Drag For The First Time As A Teen Is An Anxiety-Inducing But Ultimately Rewarding Experience

Some teens become doctors or engineers. This teen became a fierce queen.

A person’s teenage years are arguably the most formative of their lives. It’s a period where someone gradually discovers their own identity, what they believe in, and the type of person they want to be.

While some may want to be an engineer or a car care consultant, Patrick Shutlar ended up being something that most wouldn’t have expected: a drag queen.

Over the last four years, Patrick has performed under the name Charlamaine and is something of a seasoned professional in the world of drag. But the craziest part about his journey? He’s not even 21 yet.

Speaking to him about how it all began, Patrick says everything started when he developed a love for women’s make-up as a child and it just blossomed from there.

“I start doing make-up and then started practicing and learning the craft, meeting the right people, and understanding the business.

“It really all went from just being a child interested in women’s make-up and dresses, and just wanting to have fun while dressing up.”

When describing Charlamaine, Patrick sees her as less of a “character” and more as a mask of sorts in which he can freely express himself more confidently.

The feeling became doubly gratifying when Patrick put on the make-up for the very first time.

“With the make-up it was a process of trial and error in trying to figure out what works for your face.

But the first time I was able to finish the whole face and look in the mirror, I was like ‘oh my god, I actually look beautiful!’”

Putting on make-up in his own room was one thing, but stepping on-stage and performing was another thing entirely for Patrick, as anxiety and vulnerability was present in abundance.

“There was a lot of stage fright and anxiety because I never really liked performing in a room filled with crowds of people.

“When I first started, it was very difficult. Getting up there and performing, it makes you feel very vulnerable.”

This would normally be overwhelming for anyone, let alone a 17-year-old teenager, but Patrick says his first time in drag went positively due to the supportive environment he found himself in.

“The first time I did it, it was at a gay bar and it was a competition where the person who gets the loudest applause wins.

“I had my friends there with me who were very supportive and the reaction was amazing, but everyone was very embracing of me coming out and performing. It was ultimately a very positive first experience.”

A positive first performance isn’t necessarily what every up-and-coming drag queen experiences and it’s something Patrick understands, saying that he’s been lucky to have a great support network.

While Patrick still get jitters going up onstage, a combination of experience, supportive friends and family, having fun, and not being “afraid to make a fool of yourself” has helped him overcome his initial bouts of stage fright and anxiety.

At this point, our chat was cut a little short but for a very good reason: Patrick had to get ready for a show that night and putting on the make-up takes a good two hours or so (which you can watch below).

But after talking about his experience, I had no doubt that this unexpectedly experienced 21-year-old drag queen was going to kill that performance and many more performances to come.

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