The Marvel cinematic universe is about to welcome its first transgender superhero, Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige confirmed.
During a panel Q&A at the New York Film Academy on Wednesday, Feige revealed that the Disney-owned superhero factory will introduce its first transgender big-screen character in a new film that has already begun filming, reports CNN.
When asked by an audience member if there are any plans to introduce more LGBTQ+ characters, specifically transgender characters, into upcoming Marvel films, Feige replied: “Yes, absolutely, yes.”
“And very soon,” he added. “In a movie we’re shooting right now.”
He did not specify which movie would include the character, or when it would be released.
“That could mean a film as soon as Black Widow this May or as far off as the first Black Panther sequel in May 2022,” Deadline speculates.
Feige voiced support for more inclusivity when responding to a follow-up question.
“We wanted to keep showcasing heroes from the comics that represent the world that goes to see our movies,” he said.
The news comes months after Marvel released “The Endgame” in 2019, featuring Marvel’s first openly gay character, played by Joe Russo.
At the time of the announcement, Russo told Deadline he felt the unprecedented move was an important step for the franchise.
“It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that,” Russo told Deadline. “It is a perfect time, because one of the things that is compelling about the Marvel Universe moving forward is its focus on diversity.”