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Marvel to get first transgender superhero

Characters in Avengers: Endgame Image copyright Marvel Studios
Image caption Some people think the trans character will be linked to Tessa Thompson's character Valkyrie (on the winged horse)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to get its first transgender superhero.

"And very soon. In a movie that we're shooting right now," Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said during a Q&A at the New York Film Academy.

Asked by a fan whether there were any plans for more LGBT characters in Marvel's films, "specifically the T, trans characters", Kevin said: "Yes, absolutely. Yes."

This year, The Eternals will introduce Marvel movies' first gay character.

There have been reports since 2019 that Phase 4 of the MCU - the films following the Avengers Infinity saga - would star a trans character.

Marvel has also said it will introduce its first deaf superhero in The Eternals and its first Asian-American superhero, in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

"You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen," Kevin Feige previously said.

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Image caption Black Panther featured a mainly black cast in leading and supporting roles

In July last year, Geeks WorldWide suggested that Marvel was seeking a trans woman for a project being filmed in 2020.

They pointed out that the only existing trans superhero in Marvel Comics is the recently introduced Sera - from a group of all-male angels called the Ancharites - who transitioned to a female identity.

She exists very much in Thor's world - being kept inside a temple in the realm of Heven before meeting Thor's long-lost half-sister Angela, going on a bunch of adventures and eventually becoming her romantic interest.

The next Thor film, Love and Thunder, is scheduled to come out in 2021.

Tessa Thompson's character Valkyrie - who was made the King of New Asgard by Thor in the last Avengers film - revealed what the "first order of business" would be for her in the film.

"As new king, she needs to find her queen," she said.

In the comics Valkyrie identifies as bisexual.

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Image caption The stars of Marvel's next film, The Eternals

Before that film comes out The Eternals - about an ancient race of super-powered beings who gained powers from alien experiments - is being released in November.

It stars Angelina Jolie, Game of Thrones' Richard Madden and Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek and Brian Tyree Henry, among others.

Kevin Feige confirmed that the film would star Marvel's first gay character.

"He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is," he said last year.

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