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Marvel’s Promises to Put Gay and Transgender Superheroes on the Screen

Marvel Studios is promising to begin forcing transgender and gay superheroes into its popular action movies heading into its second decade of filmmaking.

It has already taken a small step in that direction in the last Avengers film by having a small scene early in the film depicting a man talking about his boyfriend. And when Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters it will mark the debut of transgender actor Zach Barack, the first openly acknowledged transgender actor to appear in a Marvel Studios film.

Variety took a few minutes to talk to the actor on the red carpet ahead of the film’s Hollywood premiere.

Some transgender activists may be disappointed by Barack’s role because the character is not described as transgender on screen. Indeed, Barack notes that the character is “open for interpretation.”

Still, Barack hopes that participation in the Marvel flick will open the door for transgender characters in the future.

“I also want intersectionality,” Barack said. “I’m also hoping that these characters can exist in a nuanced way….I do want to see myself represented on screen, so I do want to see a trans superhero or a queer superhero. And I want it to be hopefully someone who can draw from their experience in real life in that way – [to show] queer people are getting work too. But at the same time, I’m just happy these stories are being told.”