Yesterday, the internet was buzzing about how Kevin Feige apparently said that a Transgender character would be debuting in the MCU very soon, and was in a movie that Marvel Studios was currently shooting. While Feige did actually say that to a question that was asked of him in a recent interview, it turns out he only meant to reply to the part about LGBT characters, and not specifically a Transgender character.
A new report from Variety states:
While Feige’s answer appeared to respond to the specific question about a trans character, two sources close to the studio tell Variety that Feige only intended to respond to the first part about LGBT+ characters, and he did not mean to imply that a trans character will be coming to the MCU “very soon.”
It’s been rumored that Eternals could feature the MCU’s first openly gay and married character, and many suspect that it is Ikaris, played by actor Richard Madden, who we saw in leaked set photos last year. When speaking of the character last year, Feige stated:
“He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is.”
Here’s some of the reaction to the news.
Of course they won’t. We can’t even get OPENLY BLATANT LESBIAN, GAY, or BISEXUAL representation let alone POC.
— LeRoiNoir M.A. (@Avid_Matia) January 3, 2020
What? So you are telling me they have been Queerbaiting all these years? No way! 😯
— Polo Diaz (@PoloCamachoDiaz) January 3, 2020
Lol anyone that actually believed that report clearly doesn’t know disney or marvel
— Max Austin (@maximumdragons) January 3, 2020
the fact that we have to make a big deal out of characters gender or sexual orientation and make it a selling point for people is whats wrong with people today idc nor should anyone else care if someone is gay lesbian straight or trans let them go beat bad guys and save the day
— TheFrontzClub (@TheFrontzClub) January 3, 2020
Thank god. What superhero has time to correct people on their pronouns? 😂 pic.twitter.com/dFTSRN7wmd
— klay leonard (@KlayLeonard) January 3, 2020
While there may not be a Transgender character coming to the MCU soon, Kevin Feige has stated that the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is diverse and inclusive, so it’s probably only a matter of time before something like that happens, but as we’ve seen in the past, Marvel likes to stay unpredictable in what they do.