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Haaz Sleiman Shares Details Of Marvel's First On-Screen Same-Sex Kiss

Haaz Sleiman Shares Details Of Marvel's First On-Screen Same-Sex Kiss

Haaz Sleiman has confirmed that he will be in a 'moving' scene where he will share a kiss with the MCU's first gay superhero in Eternals.

Brian Tyree Henry who will play Phastos in the franchise's upcoming film will be in a same-sex marriage with Haaz Sleiman - who hasn't yet been confirmed for the role.

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In a since-deleted video, the 43-year-old actor told NewNowNext: "We represent a gay family and have a child," adding: "It's a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set."

Brian Tyree Henry will play Phastos. Credit: PA
Brian Tyree Henry will play Phastos. Credit: PA

According to a report from PinkNews, he added: "For me it's very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be."

He went on to commend his 'tremendous' co-star who he said 'brought so much beauty to this part', and continued: "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."

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This comes after We Got This Covered reported that footage played at the Brazilian comic con CCXP showed Phastos 'holding hands with a male partner, with the pair accompanied by two kids'.

This follows Feige telling Good Morning America in August that the film would feature a gay superhero, explaining to the show's presenters: "He's married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is."

Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie will star in The Eternals. Credit: Marvel/PA
Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie will star in The Eternals. Credit: Marvel/PA

If you thought Marvel has been lagging on the ol' representation front in previous phases you'll be pleased to know that it isn't just a same-sex couple expected to grace our screens in the future.

The company is also expected to be introducing their first transgender character. Speaking about diversity at a Q&A event at the New York Film Academy, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told a panel that the company was 'absolutely' planning to introduce LGBT+ characters ('specifically trans character') into the MCU.

When asked when fans could see these developments on the big screen, he replied: "Very soon, in a movie that we're shooting right now."

With Feige remaining tight-lipped on specifics, this revelation has led to much speculation that a trans character could appear in the forthcoming movie Eternals.

Kevin Feige at the Hollywood Film Awards. Credit: PA
Kevin Feige at the Hollywood Film Awards. Credit: PA

Back in July, Geeks WorldWide reported that Marvel was casting a role for 'a transwoman actress of any ethnicity in her 20s to 30s', speculating that this could be for the character Sera.

Eternals is set to be released on 6 November 2020.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, MCU, Marvel

Rebecca Shepherd

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