+ Richard Madden (aka Ikaris in 'Eternals') is a big supporter of Marvel introducing its first openly LGBT superhero in The Eternals movie.
+ Speaking to ET he commented on the importance of the character's introduction as well as the fact that the diversity on display in Chloé Zhao’s Eternals won’t just be limited to it featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first openly gay major character. Eternals has a stacked cast that includes actors of all different races and backgrounds.
+ While the identity of the LGBT character set to be introduced hasn't been revealed yet, Kevin Feige has teased that "He’s married, he’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is."
+ The list of candidates for the character currently includes Ikaris (Richard Madden), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Gilgamesh (Don Lee) and Druig (Barry Keoghan).
+ Fans speculate that Ikaris will be that character. Richard Madden "allegedly" dating Brandon Flynn has also fueled the speculation since Marvel was looking for LGBT actors to portray LGBT characters in the casting calls for the movie.
+ Richard also commented on how much he's looking forward to working with his GoT castmate Kit Harington again.
In other news...
+ Rio de Janeiro's mayor Marvelo Crivella attempted to censor and ban the 2010 Marvel Comics story Avengers: The Children’s Crusade from the city’s Bienial Do Livro book festival, citing a kiss between gay characters Wiccan and Hulkling depicted in the story as threatening to minors.
+ Crivella ordered Rio de Janeiro police to seize and confiscate all copies of the 264-page volume from the Bienial Do Livro festival organizers.
+ Festival organizers, however, refused to comply, instead voicing their support for the LGBTQ+ community in Brazil and at the festival. In their statement they sad that the book fair "gives a voice to all audiences, without distinction, as a democracy should be. Including, next weekend, the Bienial Do Livro will have three panels to discuss Trans and LGBTQA + literature."
The government of Rio tried to remove the Avengers - Children’s Crusade- from the shelves at the Biennal Book Fair in Rio (because of Wiccan and Hulkling kiss). The organization said - NO and The books were all SOLD OUT early today! https://t.co/78n1I7T29k— 🌟Captain Marvel News🌟 (@CaptMarvelNews) September 6, 2019
+ All the volumes of "Avengers: The Children's Crusade" available at the festival reportedly sold out from all locations after organizers refused to remove it
+ Jim Cheung, who drew the art for the book, commented on this via Instagram.
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