After a false alarm that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be getting its first transgender superhero soon, official sources have confirmed that one of the studio’s upcoming films will feature a kiss between two men.
Last week, Eternals star Haaz Sleiman revealed his upcoming on-screen kiss with costar Brian Tyree Henry to NewNowNext.
According to LifeSiteNews, Marvel specifically sought out a same-sex attracted actor for the film. Sleiman plays the husband of Phastos (Henry), the cinematic universe’s first openly gay superhero that studio exec Kevin Feige alluded to last month.
“He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is,” Feige told Good Morning America while at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.
“I just shot a Marvel film with the first openly gay superhero, The Eternals. I’m married to the gay superhero Phastos, played by Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, and we represent a gay family and have a child,” Sleiman told NewNowNext, adding that living as an openly LGBT lifestyle is “so much better for young people now with social media, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and these big blockbuster movies about gay people.”
As for the kiss, Sleiman called it “a beautiful, very moving kiss,” and said that “everyone cried on set” during filming.
“For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” Sleiman continued. “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.”
Eternals will also star Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, and Kumail Nanjiani.
Back in March, Marvel’s production chief, Victoria Alonso, said that the world “is ready” for a homosexual superhero.
“I’m so passionate about this, I’ve got to tell you,” Alonso said, according to Variety. “Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail.”
“If we don’t put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success,” she continued. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”
It should be noted that Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, and the pair have collaborated in the past to celebrate a transgender child-activist for its “Marvel Hero Project,” so their eventual embrace of an LGBT superhero should come as a surprise to no one.
“When we first meet Rebekah, she talks about her interests, including sports and dance. She and her family then open up about her own personal journey – and the struggles she had at a young age because she identified as being a girl, despite having been assigned male at birth,” Marvel says in its description of “Mighty Rebekah,” the transgender child honored in an episode of the Disney+ show. “At around age seven, Rebekah reached her lowest point, but soon discovered what the letter ‘T’ meant in LGBTQ — and finally understood herself for the first time. With full support from her family, Rebekah came out as transgender and began her transition.”
Seven years old, people! This is what Marvel and Disney are pushing—are you going to reward them for it?
It’s simple, folks. When it comes to the entertainment industry, we can only “vote” with our dollars. While we still have liberty in this nation to choose what media we will and will not consume, we must exercise that liberty to say loud and clear that this is not something we want to see!