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New Eternals Trailer Shows LGBTQ+ Representation

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BY October 5, 2021

A new Eternals trailer shows LGBTQ+ representation and fans are so excited to meet the MCU’s first openly gay family. Jack Kirby created the Eternals comics in the 1970s (and we wrote about the history of the Eternals on our blog), but basically, they’re the creation of divine beings, the Celestials. The Celestials created early humanoids as a way to kickstart human evolution, thus creating the Eternals (the gorgeous, good-hearted ones) and the Deviants (the ugly, evil ones). The former was tasked with protecting Earth (and later, humankind) from the wicked plans of the Deviants. As we’ve been learning more about the Eternals, fans have been excited to see that some of them are representative of typically marginalized groups. Makkari (played by Lauren Ridloff) will be Marvel’s first deaf superhero and Kingo (played by Kumail Nanjiani) is a big Bollywood star of South Asian descent; however, in this new teaser trailer, we got a first glimpse of Phastos’s family.

Phastos, who is played by Brian Tyree Henry, is the go-to inventor of the Eternals. He has genius-level intellect and is a master engineer, creating technologically advanced objects to move both humanity and the Eternals forward. He’s also married to his husband (as of now unnamed), played by Haaz Sleiman and they have a son together. The trailer doesn’t focus on the fact that Phastos is gay; rather it presents his family as something that just is. It’s refreshing to hear Phastos’s son excitedly tells him, “Dad! I saw him on TV with the cape shooting laser beams!” (talking about Ikaris), rather than Phastos’s relationship being awkwardly and explicitly pointed out.

With representation on everyone’s minds nowadays, I’m stoked to see Marvel adding more diversity to their movies and series. Superheroes are for everyone, not just white men.

Check out the Eternals trailer shows LGBTQ+ representation below:

Eternals premieres November 5, 2021 in theaters everywhere.

Are you as excited to see this LGBTQ+ representation in this Eternals trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Marvel


Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at

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