Kevin Feige is making leaps and bounds in his promises for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
UPDATE: Kevin Feige didn’t mean to imply a transgender character will be coming to the MCU soon. Instead, meaning LGBTQ+ representation will be a bigger aspect in Phase 4.
Not only is one of the main themes of the upcoming Phase 4 representation, but now Feige is insinuating that not only is the MCU’s LGBTQ+ representation soon to be expanded upon, but there could very well be an inclusion of a transgender character “very soon”.
After being asked the question about LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU’s future, the producer responded that there are plans for LGBTQ+
While Feige did not give any definitive answer about transgender representation in the MCU, his answer over a more broad “LGBTQ+ character” could have something to do with the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, where Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie has been confirmed to be revealed as LGBTQ+ and “looking for her queen”.
There is also rumours that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is also an LGBTQ+ character as both she and Thompson have often been shown to support and sometimes lead the Marvel fandom shipping of their characters.
Representation across the board will be key for at least Phase 4 of the MCU, not only with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster returning to become Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder, both 2020 releases will be directed by women, and the upcoming introduction of Shang-Chi.
While Marvel Comics has a rich history of LGBTQ+ characters, there has yet to be any official representation of LGBTQ+ superheroes in the movies. The most representation the movies have seen is a quick cameo by Joe Russo in Avengers: Endgame while the most representation has been on Marvel Television with Runaways and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It is unknown if or when a transgender character will show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The only transgender characters in Marvel Comics are when Loki became Lady Loki and when the Skrull Xavin was introduced as part of the Runaways series.
Is there room for transgender representation in the Marvel CInematic Universe?