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Haaz Sleiman Is The LGBTQ Hero Marvel Fans Need

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By Aja

Marvel movies have been known throughout the galaxy for their comic relief and mind-blown action scenes. However, the franchise falls a few paces behind rivalry DC Comics films when it comes to sexual equality. In 2022, that'll all change with the release of Marvel's The Eternals, which will feature a diverse cast of actors, including Haaz Sleiman and Brian Tyree Henry. The actors are set to play Marvel's first openly-gay married couple, with Henry as Phastos and Sleiman to play the role of his husband. Arabic actor Sleiman is definitely the queer hero Marvel needs right now!

His Life Growing Up As A Gay Muslim

Haaz Sleiman at "Little America" promotional event
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Haaz Sleiman's background as a gay Muslim man makes him essentially right to play the husband of Phatsos. Life for Sleiman growing up in Lebanon was significantly different than on screen, as he feared his family would abandon him. Due to the patriarchial nature surrounding Muslim culture, Sleiman said that "young men were often taught not to cry. You had to suppress those feelings of femininity." Sleiman later stated that while his siblings mocked him, his father eventually accepted his sexuality. The moment must've been a relief for Sleiman.

Sleiman Reveals He's Gay On Social Media

Haaz Sleiman doing a live interview
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Sleiman took a brave step by coming out to his folks. However, it was an entirely different battle to reveal his sexuality to the world. Before, Sleiman had denied speculations that he was gay. In 2017, however, after educating himself on the number of hate-crimes targetted at LGBTQ people, the actor 'outed' himself on Twitter. Sleiman's reveal was inspirational to many fans. Ending the video with final words to his haters, the actor made sure they knew he wasn't afraid of them. Sleiman's video message is meaningful for sure.

Sleiman's Thoughts On Marvel's First Progressive Gay Couple

Group photo of the cast of Marvel's "The Eternals"
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Now that Haaz Sleiman is out and proud, he's ready to take on the world. The Arabic actor is especially honored to hold the title as Marvel's The Eternals first gay man, alongside Brian Tyree Henry. Sleiman couldn't contain his excitement about the groudbreaking part in an interview, telling reporters that "I’m married to the gay superhero Phastos, played by Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, and we represent a gay family and have a child." Sleiman and his co-star Henry are making history with their roles. More importantly, they're an inspiration to fans who have struggled to 'come out'.

The Scene In "The Eternals" That's A Tear-Jerker

Haaz Sleiman at a special event
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Not only are Sleiman and Henry's characters making history but they know how to deliever a moving performance. Though The Eternals won't hit theaters to November 2020, Sleiman did reveal that a kiss-scene between his character and Henry's made everyone cry on set. During an interview with NewNowNext Sleiman stated that, "For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be." That he did indeed. Turns out Sleiman is great at playing a romantic.

Sleiman's Groundbreaking Work On "Little America"

Haaz Sleiman interviewing with Variety
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Sleiman's work on The Eternals wasn't the first time he played a gay man in a relationship. Throughout much of Sleiman's career he has played the role in tv series like Nurse Jackie and now the Apple+Tv series Little America. In the drama series, Sleiman stars as Rafiq, a Syrian man who tries to flee prescution for being gay. The actor is an idol to many fans, even ethnically diverse ones, who endured the same struggles as he did growing up.

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