Marvel Studios is releasing their follow-up solo Spider-Man film to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thanks to eagle-eyed fans, it looks like the sequel, sub-titled Far From Home, also features the first openly transgender actors in a Marvel film.
The Advocate first reported the newest members of the Marvel family.
According to their story, the two actors are Zach Barack and Tyler Luke Cunningham. Barack will be playing a friend of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), while Cunningham has been cast as a featured extra.
Fans began speculating about this casting when behind-the-scenes photos from the movie’s filming came out.
not only that, but we have two trans actors playing students as well, one of which is a black man. ffh is going to be a diverse masterpiece https://t.co/4vSayiODb3
— jules (@webshootrs) September 30, 2018
While relatively small in scope, this is a major move for Marvel.
With recent films, Marvel Studios has made a number of decisions upsetting LGBTI fans.
On the comic side of things, X-Man Bobby Drake recently went back into the closet after a widely celebrated coming out scene.
There has always been support for representation in the Spider-Man world. In Homecoming, Zendaya plays MJ and it looks like in Far From Home she’ll become a love interest for Peter, while another actor from Homecoming said there should be a trans superhero.
Marvel execs have handed out platitudes before regarding representation, but this is a good sign.
Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out on 5 July.