ETERNALS Star Haaz Sleiman Confirms Identity Of MCU's First Gay Hero; Reveals Kiss Made Everyone On Set Cry

There's some big Eternals news today, as actor Haaz Sleiman confirms the identity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first gay superhero and promises an emotional sounding kiss. Read on for details...

We've been hearing reports for a while now about Eternals featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first openly gay superhero, and while it's been said that Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos will fill that void, there's also been speculation that it might be Richard Madden's Ikaris.

Well, thanks to actor Haaz Sleiman, we now know that it is indeed Phastos. The Lebanese-American's credits include the Assassin's Creed video game and TV shows like Jack Ryan and The Good Wife, and while we don't know the name of his character, we do know that he'll be Phastos' husband. 

When NewNowNext caught up with Sleiman, they asked if we can expect a gay kiss in the movie and he confirmed that will indeed be happening. "Oh yeah, absolutely, and it's a beautiful, very moving kiss," he says. "Everyone cried on set. 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,"
he continued. "We forget that because we're always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on the human part."

This is clearly a big step forward for Marvel Studios in terms of diversity, and it definitely sounds like Eternals will do the relationship between Phastos and his husband justice. It will, however, be interesing finding out whether the kiss ends up being cut in certain countries just like the one in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (a decision which received a lot of backlash). 

What are your thoughts on this news? 

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Wonder Woman 1984


Release Date: June 5th, 2020
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen

The plot for Wonder Woman 1984 recently leaked online and, if it's accurate, we may have cause for concern. That first trailer certainly impressed, though, and seeing Gal Gadot back in action as the Amazon Warrior promises to be awesome. It's hard to escape the feeling that Pedro Pascal will steal the show as the villainous Maxwell Lord based on what we've seen! 

The Batman


Release Date: June 25th, 2021
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard

The Batman is putting together an amazing cast and while it's a shame that we have to say goodbye to the likes of Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons, Matt Reeves is certainly pulling out all the stops to ensure we're able to get over it! Set during the Caped Crusader's early days, the reboot looks set to explain what makes him the World's Greatest Detective and will feature a number of villains.

The Suicide Squad


Release Date: August 6th, 2021
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Idris Elba, John Cena

James Gunn is making the leap from the MCU to the DCEU for The Suicide Squad, a movie which will be far more comedic in nature than the divisive 2016 effort. The filmmaker has assembled an all-star roster to fill out Task Force X, while a number of returning favourites will also be back. Plot details are scarce but it's thought that King Shark will play a key role in proceedings. 

Black Adam


Release Date: December 22nd, 2021
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson

It's been rumoured to be in the works for years now but Black Adam finally has a release date and it's going to be nothing short of amazing to see Dwayne Johnson finally suit up as the character. A few rumours have done the rounds about the Justice Society of America somehow coming into play here and it goes without saying that seeing those heroes on scene is an absolute must. 

Shazam! 2


Release Date: April 1st, 2022
Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel

Shazam! was a lot of fun but it didn't set the box office on fire despite making a respectable $365 million worldwide. A sequel is officially moving forward, though, and with it coming so soon after Black Adam, don't be surprised if he crosses paths with Billy Batson here and Mister Mind is put on the backburner. If nothing else, we can probably expect an after-credits scene meeting!

The Flash


Release Date: June 1st, 2022
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup

The Flash has been stuck in development hell for what feels like forever but after Ezra Miller's failed attempt to pen a darker version of the Scarlet Speedster's solo movie with comic book writer Grant Morrison, Andy Muschietti is now in charge. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to what the story will be as everything from Flashpoint to The Rogues have been rumoured in the past.

Aquaman 2


Release Date: December 16th, 2022
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard

It's been a while since we've heard anything about The Trench but Aquaman 2 remains on course for 2022 and Black Manta will more than likely take centre stage as the lead bad guy. Beyond that, we don't know what comes next for this popular member of the Justice League but there's a lot from the first movie that James Wan can touch on here as he expands the world of Atlantis. 

Marvel Studios

Black Widow


Release Date: May 1st, 2020
Director: Cate Shortland
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, David Harbour
Black Widow takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and the first trailer for the movie made it clear that Natasha Romanoff will be teaming up with the likes of Red Guardian and Yelena Belova to take on Taskmaster and more mysterious villains (who are more than likely linked to the Red Room in some way, shape, or form). 



Release Date: November 6th, 2020
Director: Chloe Zhao
Cast: Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Don Lee
Marvel Studios revealed the full cast of Eternals at Comic-Con and later added Kit Harington to the roster at D23. We don't know a lot about the plot, but it's been confirmed that the movie will delve into 7000 years' worth of the MCU's history, while also putting the spotlight on the Celestials. Chances are that this one will set the stage for some huge future stories, including the X-Men reboot!

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier


Release Date: Fall 2020

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell

The first Marvel TV show coming to Disney+ could also be the most significant, as there's a very strong chance it will introduce a new Captain America to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The return of Baron Zemo is also significant as is the introduction of U.S. Agent, and we can probably expect the show to reveal whether Steve Rogers is still alive or if he's passed away from old age. 

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings


Release Date: February 12th, 2021
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina
For years, fans have been anxiously waiting for The Mandarin to make his presence felt in the MCU. Well, that's going to happen in Shang-Chi's first big screen outing as we get to meet the villain and learn more about the Ten Rings. Iron Man may be dead and gone, but it's hard to believe there won't by any references to Tony Stark's connection to that bad guy and his organisation. 



Release Date: Spring 2021

Cast: Tom Hiddleston

We don't have many details at all about Loki, but it has mostly been confirmed that it will revolve around the 2012 version of the God of Mischief following his escape from Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Endgame. Concept art has shown the villain in the 1970s, so there's a good chance he's found a way to use the Tesseract to travel through time and potentially alter his fate. 



Release Date: Spring 2021

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park, Teyonah Parris

The concept art released for WandaVision has shown the Scarlet Witch and a very human looking Vision living in what appears to be a 1950s style sitcom setting and a recent still confirmed that. Chances are her reality altering powers will come into play here and that she starts losing control after bringing back the man/android she loves. Wiccan and Speed are also rumoured to appear. 

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness


Release Date: May 7th, 2021
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen
No, that photo of the Scarlet Witch isn't a mistake! Following the release of WandaVision on Disney+, the character will be making an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That could mean her powers are about to become a problem, and with Scott Derrickson promising that this is the MCU's first "horror" movie, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for this one. 

What If?


Release Date: Summer 2021

Cast: Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Dominic Cooper, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Karen Gillan, Jeff Goldblum, Sean Gunn, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Djimon Hounsou, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Neal McDonough, Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Michael Rooker, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Sebastian Stan, Chris Sullivan, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Jeffrey Wright

Marvel Studios' first animated series will be narrated by The Watcher and will feature very different takes on most Marvel Studios movies. For example, we'll find out what would have happened if Peggy Carter had taken the Super Soldier Serum, and footage shown on Disney+ teased everything from T'Challa becoming Star-Lord to The Winter Soldier squaring off with Marvel Zombies. 

Untitled Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures Spider-Man Movie


Release Date: July 16th, 2021

Cast: Tom Holland

We didn't think this would happen, but Disney and Sony Pictures have made up, and the wall-crawler will be getting a third solo outing in the MCU. Jon Watts is in final talks to return to direct and he's previously said that Kraven the Hunter is a villain he would like to use in a future movie. Time will tell whether that happens and what direction he takes the hero in after that cliffhanger. 



Release Date: Fall 2021

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld

Jeremy Renner reprises the role of Hawkeye for his own Disney+ TV series, and it's been widely reported that Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) will play Kate Bishop. Based on what little we know, the show will revolve around Clint training his replacement, while also delving into the aftermath of the time he spent as Ronin following the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Thor: Love And Thunder


Release Date: November 5th, 2021
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson
Arguably Marvel Studios' most exciting Phase 4 movie, Thor: Love and Thunder will see Natalie Portman return to the MCU to play the new God of Thunder. Throw in the fact that Taika Waititi is back at the helm and this has all the makings of being one of the best Marvel movies to date. The big mystery right now, though, is who Valkyrie will end up choosing as her new Queen! 

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: February 18th, 2022

Black Panther II


Release Date: May 6th, 2022

Cast: Chadwick Boseman

Bob Iger recently revealed that director Ryan Coogler has only just started working on the story for this sequel, so it's clear the casting process probably won't start until next year. Rumour has it that Michael B. Jordan could return as the villainous Erik Killmonger but we probably shouldn't believe anything we hear for the time being as it's still very early days. 

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: July 29th, 2022

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: February 17th, 2023

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: May 5th, 2023

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: July 28th, 2023

Untitled Marvel Studios Movie


Release Date: November 3rd, 2023

Sony Pictures



Release Date: July 31st, 2020

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Cast: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson

A trailer for Morbius surely can't that far away now because this SUMC (Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters) movie is rapidly approaching. With Tom Holland's Spider-Man seemingly able to cross between worlds now, all eyes will be on this one to see if that actually happens but with Jared Leto's time as The Joker at an end, it will be fun seeing whether he makes Morbius his own.

Venom 2


Release Date: October 2nd, 2020

Director: Andy Serkis

Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris

With Andy Serkis now at the helm of the Venom franchise, fans are far more optimistic about what will happen when Eddie Brock crosses paths with Carnage. Casting additions are quickly starting to be made to the project and with Shriek set to factor into proceedings, it's clear that the director has looked back at some of their earliest clashes for inspiration on what to do here. 

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2


Release Date: 8th April, 2022

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos

Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

Considered one of the greatest superhero movies of all-time by many fans, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse changed the game last Christmas. Now, there's a lot of excitement surrounding this follow-up and it's widely believed that it will focus on Miles Morales' budding relationship with Spider-Gwen, all while introducing some of the female heroes who will swing into their own spinoff.
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