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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ to feature married gay character: ‘just a part of who he is’


From left, Barry Keoghan, left, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, and Don Lee of "The Eternals" appear at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

It’s Marvel-us news for diversity.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to break new ground again.

After the predominantly black cast of “Black Panther,” Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel,” and the Afro-Latino Miles Morales main character in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the universe is getting even more inclusive.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios president confirmed to “Good Morning America” that the upcoming star-studded film “The Eternals” will feature the studio’s first gay character.

“He’s married. He’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is,” he said.

The announcement followed Disney’s presentation at the D23 Expo in California over the weekend, when Marvel announced more characters that would join “The Eternals” gang, an immortal alien race sent to Earth by the Celestials — who first appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy” — to protect humanity from the Deviants.

Feige didn’t specify which character will have the distinct honor of breaking with a centuries-old tradition and become the first LGBTQ character featured in the MCU. Since the main lineup of the Eternals in the comic doesn’t feature an openly LGBTQ character, fans will have to wait.

“The Eternals” hits theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.

The ensemble cast includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry and Gemma Chan. House of Stark’s alumni Kit Harington and Richard Madden will finally reunite on screen, to the delight of “Game of Thrones” fans.

The surprising news this weekend came after Tessa Thompson announced last month that Valkyrie, her character in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” would also be a queer character. "She needs to find her queen,” she said at San Diego Comic-Con.

“Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will feature a female Thor played by Natalie Portman, opens one year after “The Eternals,” on Nov. 5, 2021.