After being pushed out of 2020 thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans got a glimpse of its cosmic-meets-mythology ensemble piece “Eternals” Monday with the release of the film’s first teaser trailer.
The trailer gives fans their first look at the star-studded cast in their heroic best, including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani. But “Eternals” is significant within the MCU’s cultural landscape as it will be the first film to feature an out LGBTQ superhero in the team’s technological expert and master inventor Phastos, portrayed by “Atlanta” and “Godzilla vs. Kong” star Brian Tyree Henry. The teaser gives audiences their first look at Phastos in action as he manipulates cosmic energy.
The film will also reportedly feature Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman as Phastos’ husband, setting up the first explicit representation of an LGBTQ romantic relationship in the 20-plus film franchise’s history. The decision follows an increased focus on making the MCU more diverse in recent years, most notably in “Black Panther”, “Captain Marvel” and the forthcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”.