Marvel introduces first trans woman franchise in Disney Plus Ironheart series

The MCU is said to be on the hunt for a ‘Black, Latina or Afro-Latina transgender actress’ for the upcoming Disney Plus series. This will be the first time a transgender actress has joined the franchise – two years after Zach Barack made history as the first transgender actor to star in comic books.

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The landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe becomes more diverse, as the American media corporation prepares to introduce a transgender woman into the franchise in the upcoming Disney Plus series Ironheart.

It was first reported in 2019 that Marvel Studios was looking for “a transgender actress of any ethnicity between the ages of 20 and 30” for an entirely new role.

The following year, the movie giants revealed their plans to tell the story of an all-new superhero.

“Coming soon on Disney Plus, Dominique Thorne is genius inventor Riri Williams in Ironheart, an original series about the creator of the most advanced armor since Iron Man,” a tweet from the studio’s account in September December 2020 said.

Actress Dominique Thorne is set to make her big debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before starring in the latest spin-off.

The Story of Superhero Ironheart Will Be Told In New Disney Plus Series


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Lyric Ross and Anthony Ramos are two other stars attached to the upcoming project but so far, little is known about this new six-part series.

POC culture now reports that there was a recent casting call for an upcoming Disney+ series, specifically looking for a Black, Latina or Afro-Latina transgender actress between the ages of 18 and 22 for the show New Disney Plus.

According to the announced casting information, “the character will be intelligent, confident and has a unique sense of humor and sense of humour.”

Dominique Thorne has been cast in the upcoming series



The upcoming addition to the MCU also seems to have “no regrets about the things that excite her”.

If the report is true, this will be the first time a transgender woman has appeared in the MCU.

Actor Zach Barack made history in Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019, as the first openly cross-worlder to appear in the series.

Upon hearing that Marvel was casting their first transgender female, fans praised the series for continuing to diversify their cast and characters.

The character of Ironheart was created in 2016 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato



“What a surprise to introduce a transgender character in an upcoming TV series!?! we stan surprised,” one movie fan claimed on Twitter, with another adding: “We I definitely need more GNC, non-binary, and convertible characters in both the Marvel and DC universes.”

Marvel has worked hard to create more diverse characters in recent years – with more LGBTQ+ representation on screen.

Last year, Chloe Zhao’s Eternals introduced the first gay superhero in an MCU movie – with Brian Tyree Henry taking on the role of Eternal and inventor Phastos.

Eternals was a hit with Marvel fans last year


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Lauren Ridloff also starred in the feature film – making history as the first deaf actor to ever play a superhero in a studio feature film.

“It feels like a lifetime of waiting”, the actress told Variety last yearthrough the use of American Sign Language interpreters.

“I really haven’t seen anyone like me on screen.”

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