Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that the MCU will be getting its first transgender character "very soon."In a recent appearance as a guest speaker at the New York Film Academy, Feige discussed Marvel's aspirations to include greater LGBTQ+ representation in the franchise, as one student inquired about whether the studio had any plans to add more diverse superheroes to their upcoming roster of movies, specifically referencing transgender characters."Yes, absolutely yes," Feige said. "Very soon. In a movie we're shooting right now."While Feige did not specify which movie the character will appear in, Marvel's Black Widow and The Eternals are both currently in active development, as these are the first two titles set to launch the Phase 4 of the MCU later this year.Feige previously confirmed that The Eternals will feature the MCU's first openly gay character in a large role, telling Good Morning America in August last year, "He's married. He's got a family. And that is just part of who he is."This follows some backlash over how Marvel debuted the first-ever gay character in Avengers: Endgame, with Joe Russo stepping in for a very brief cameo as a grieving gay man in a therapy session – a character who was inconsequential to the plot.Feige has since reassured fans that proper LGBTQ+ representation is finally coming to the MCU's Phase 4, which is expected to officially kick off with the release of Black Widow on May 1, 2020, followed by The Eternals on November 6, 2020.For more on these movies, check out our breakdown of the first official Black Widow trailer and take a look at the poster for the film, then read through our detailed Marvel's Eternals Explained and The Deviants Explained features before checking out our breakdown of The Eternals' first trailer footage.
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