ETERNALS Confirmed to Feature Openly Gay Family Man

Eternals cast at D23 Expo
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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that Eternals will feature an openly gay character - but he hasn't specified which character it will be.

"He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is," Feige explained to Good Morning America in an interview following the studio's Saturday presentation at Disney's D23 Expo last weekend.

Feige didn't disclose anything else about the character portrayed as gay - though his comments likely narrow the field to Ikaris, Kingo, Phastos, Gilgamesh, Druig, and Dane Whitman. It has long been rumored that Eternals would feature a gay character.

What's also interesting to note is that Feige's comments about the character in question being married with a family may suggest that, if he is an Eternal, he'll have some kind of mortal identity - a la the plot of Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.'s 2006 Eternals comic book series in which the Eternals have forgotten their cosmic identities and are living as mortals among us.

Newsarama has previously suggested casting 12-year-old actress Lia McHugh as Sprite also suggests the outline of Gaiman's storyline may be in play. 

Eternals is due out in theaters November 6, 2020.

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