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The Eternals Actor Reveals MCU's First Married Gay Couple

'The Eternals' Actor Reveals MCU's First Married Gay Couple

'The Eternals' Actor Reveals MCU's First Married Gay Couple

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It’s no secret that we’re beyond ready for any and all LGBTQ representation Marvel is finally, finally ready to throw at us. And now, we’ve gotten just a tiny peek into what we can expect from the MCU’s first gay superhero.

We weren’t totally sure which actors and characters were going to be taking up the mantle of Marvel’s first big-screen gay hero and his husband, but the cat seems to be out of the bag.

“I just shot a Marvel film with the first openly gay superhero, The Eternals,” Haaz Sleiman, who himself is gay, told NewNowNext. “I’m married to the gay superhero Phastos, played by Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, and we represent a gay family and have a child.”

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We knew that The Eternals would bring a queer family into the MCU, and while LGBTQ fans and allies are thrilled for this long-awaited foray into queer representation, it’s hard not to be skeptical as to whether the movie would treat these characters the same as they treat their hetero pairings.

But Sleiman is giving us hope that these two are truly just going to be like any other MCU couple.

When NewNowNext asked if there would be a “gay kiss” in the film, his response was an enthusiastic “yes.”

“Oh, yeah, absolutely, and it’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set,” Sleiman revealed. “For me it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be.”

“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.”

So there you have it. Two married men kissing in an MCU film. Hopefully it lasts more than .02 seconds.

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