It looks like the Marvel Universe might finally give the world a gay superhero as a lead in a feature film.
Marvel Studios is casting for its 2020 film The Eternals, and it appears the company will make good on a promise made by its president, Kevin Feige, who told The Playlist last year to expect to see LGBTQ characters in the future: “Both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen.”
Now, the studio is searching for an actor, between the ages 30-49, who “physically looks like a superhero” for a lead in the upcoming feature-length movie, That Hashtag Show reports. The studio is said to be open to actors of all ethnicity, but would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor.
The Eternals is scheduled to begin filming in the U.K. in September, and run through January of next year.
Marvel’s production chief Victoria Alonso, at the premiere of Captain Marvel in Los Angeles, told Variety it’s time for a gay superhero, and that the world is ready.
“We are going to cast the best Eternals cast that we can, and when we’re ready to announce it we promise you we will,” said Alonso.
She added that she was “so passionate” about the issue of diversity.
“Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we [embrace diversity]? Why would we only want to be recognized by 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. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”