Marvel Universe’s First LGBT Character Might Be Coming. In A Decade. Maybe.

The World Premiere Of Marvel's "Ant-Man" - Red Carpet

Paul Rudd and Kevin Feige.

Marvel President Kevin Feige responded to a question about Marvel Studios’ plans to add an LGBT character into the fold by saying he “would think so, for sure,” and that it could happen “within the next decade.”

Related: Meet Stripling Warrior, The World’s First Gay, Mormon Comic Book Superhero

Marvel first brought an LGBT character into the universe with the introduction of Jean-Paul Beaubier AKA Northstar in 1979 (the character did not formally come out until 1992 and was married in 2012 to his longtime partner, Kyle).

While there have been a string of noteworthy LGBT comic book characters (Batwoman, Gravity Kid and Power Boy, Rage: The Gay Crusader) none have made the job onto the silver screen.

Feige further explained the process by which the studio generates its plots:

The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ‘Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’ and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that—it’s usually a five to ten-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the 10-year mark.

Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time. So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, ‘Where could we do that?’ Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.

A decade or so feels a long way away, but progress is progress, and we’ll take what we can get.