Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was at the New York Film Academy and in the Q&A section, one of the attendees asked him,
“Are there any current plans on bringing more LGBT+ characters into the MCU, specifically the T – the trans characters?”
“Yes. Absolutely. Yes. Very soon. In a movie we’re shooting right now.”
(The Eternals is the only Marvel production currently filming.)
The talk was in October but the video of the conversation went online on last Saturday (Dec. 28).
Feige’s remarks were taken taken as a sign that Marvel is giving trans people much-needed representation, that now appears now not to be the case.
Sources close to the comic supremo told Variety that he only intended to reply to the part of the question about LGB characters, and did not mean to suggest that trans characters were forthcoming. (Perhaps he was confused as to what the “T” in LGBTQ means…?)
Marvel has previously confirmed that The Eternals would have their first gay character, Phastos. Feige said at the D23 Expo,
“He’s married. He’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is.”
A trailer screened at a 2019 expo showed the character, played by Brian Tyree Henry, holding hands with a male partner accompanied by two children.
You can see Fiege’s Q&A below.