Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ to feature first gay superhero… And he’s a Bear!

Gay superhero to the rescue… And he’s a Bear too!

The Eternals, which is set to hit theaters in November, is set to be Marvel Studios’ first film to feature a gay superhero. The cast will include legendary screen sirens Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, as well as Kit Harington, Richard Madden and Gemma Chan. 

But it’s the beary handsome Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, If Beale Street Could Talk) who will undoubtedly be the topic of many conversations. Henry will be starring as hyper-intelligent inventor Phastos, who is the first gay superhero in the MCU. Phastos is not only openly gay, but he is also married to a man in the film… AND HE’S A BEAR! We never really get to see many superoheroes being represented as people of size on screen, so this is refreshing to say the least!

One could hope that Phastos and his man will get a little gay sex scene action, or even a hot, wet shower scene in the film. But given the film’s PG-13 rating, there will most likely be no hot Bear shower action. Or will there be?

Out Magazine’s Mey Rude has discovered that the film’s PG-13 rating has to do with some “brief sexuality” in the film, but is not sure exactly what that means. They explore some possible options in the article, including a love scene or even just a kiss from the film’s gay characters, but nothing has been revealed yet. However, it doesn’t seem likely, since the MCU has recently come under fire for erasing their queer characters’ sexualities; It’s a Sin creator Russell T. Davies has called out the MCU’s “feeble gestures” toward queer representation

I guess we’ll have to wait until November to see what this “brief sexuality” will be. Until then, let’s just rejoice that Phastos is a Bear! How often is it that we get a Bear as a superhero?! More on that later, but for now just enjoy The Eternals trailer below!

The Eternals hits theaters on November 5.

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.