You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Entertainment

Marvel's First Big-Screen Queer Couple Will Be Eternals' Haaz Sleiman and Brian Tyree Henry

Gizmodo logo Gizmodo 2020-02-13 Charles Pulliam-Moore

Haaz Sleiman wearing a suit and tie posing for a photo: Haaz Sleiman at the Killing Jesus world premiere; Brian Tyree Henry at the 70th Emmy Awards. © Photo: Brad Barket, Frazer Harrison (Getty) Haaz Sleiman at the Killing Jesus world premiere; Brian Tyree Henry at the 70th Emmy Awards.

Last summer, Marvel head Kevin Feige cleared up some confusion about when audiences could expect to see the studio’s first queer superhero fighting to save the world on the big screen. After initial reports that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie would explore her canonical bisexuality in Thor: Love & Thunder, Feige explained that the MCU’s first gay hero would technically arrive in Eternals.

In a new interview with Logo, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan star Haaz Sleiman revealed that he’s actually slated to play the man married to Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos—one of the titular Eternals—and in the film, the pair will parent a child together.

Runaways' Queer Representation Is Still Making Marvel's Movies Look Dated as Hell

Sleiman explained that in addition to depicting what married life is like for the couple, Eternals also features a moment where Phastos and his husband kiss. The kiss, Sleiman said, takes place during a moving scene that left everyone on set crying, which he saw as a testament to how important the film’s approach to queer representation will be.

“For me it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” he said. “Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point. We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.”

Given Marvel’s previous reluctance to barely acknowledge the existence of queer people in its films, Sleiman’s revelation is rather significant—especially considering that, historically, the majority of queer characters have been and continue to be portrayed by white actors. What isn’t all that surprising is that Phastos is going to have a relatively traditional nuclear family, because, hey, this is a Disney production after all.

Eternals hits theaters November 6.

Who Are the Eternals, the Cosmic Superheroes Who Could Be the Future of the MCU?

For more, make sure you’re following us on our Instagram @io9dotcom.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Gizmodo

AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon