Every Trans Character In Marvel (& How Likely They Are To Join The MCU)

Every Trans Character In Marvel (& How Likely They Are To Join The MCU)

Marvel in general, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has provided many characters of the LGBTQ+ community. In the MCU, Marvel has already introduced Phastos, America Chavez, and Loki but they have yet to bring any of Marvel’s transgender characters to the big screen.

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Since the comics have been accepting all branches of the LGBTQ+ community, the movies should be doing the same. Especially since there are several transgender characters out there. For this list, only characters that are clearly listed as transgender will be featured, so gender-fluid characters such as Mystique will not count.

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Rothstein Sisters

Split image of the Rothstein Sisters in Spider-Man Get Kraven

Not only are these two meant to be representations of the Weinstein brothers, but the two are also castrated and they come out as transgender as a result. It’s not a good look for transgender representation, especially since it demonizes the community.

People who are transgender already deal with enough stigma due to films such as Psycho and Dressed To Kill. This would only add to that stigma because the Rothsteins are foul and disgusting sisters that do nothing but stain an already less-than-stellar Spider-Man story.

Leonara Eng

Leonara Eng using his powers in The New Mutants #20

The most Leonara of the newest version of the New Mutants could be used as is a cameo in the background or a minor side character but she likely won’t be the main character in any way. Especially since The New Mutants was such a flop both critically and financially that it likely won’t get a reboot anytime soon.

She’s an aggressively shy character and as a result, she comes off as rude but that’s not her intent. The writer of The New Mutants run herself confirmed that Leonara is transgender.

Tong

Tong coming out as a girl to her brothers in Marvel comics

This young Moloid is a different interpretation of a transwoman. Tong and other Moloids technically are genderless but after Ben Grimm AKA The Thing rescued Tong and her siblings, she rediscovered herself. After putting on a small pink dress, she decided that she was indeed a girl.

Her siblings accepted her with open arms, making for a sweet story about a young transgirl. Could this story be used in the MCU? Perhaps since anything is possible at this point after stories like Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and Loki but it likely would not be for a long time.

Trace

Split image of Jake Young in and out of the Trace armor in Avengers Solo #4

Jake Young is a young transman who needed money so he volunteered for a project. Due to the hormone replacement therapies he had been on, the super-soldier formula granted him incendiary powers. As interesting as this character may sound, he is hardly even featured in the comics.

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Currently, Jake Young has had a total of five comic book appearances including his debut in 2011. It could make for an interesting character in a film but he is so unknown that just like Tong, it’s highly unlikely.

Jessie Drake

Jessie Drake and Black Cat walking away from an explosion in Marvel comics

The first openly transgender Marvel character, Jessie Drake is revealed to be transgender when she is saved by Typhoid Mary. She went under her wing but also under the wing of Spider-Man’s old fling Black Cat. Jessie also has the ability to unconsciously imitate the physical features of those around her.

Her transgender nature isn’t a result of her powers, however. She became a transwoman on her own accord and prefers to keep the company of other women, enhancing her feminine traits even more. Jessie is another character who only appeared for a few issues before vanishing, making it less likely that she would get an MCU debut.

Brilliance

Justine AKA Brilliance introducing herself to the Wasp in The Unstoppable Wasp #10

There have only been hints towards it in the comics but the villain of Wasp known as Brilliance is a character confirmed to be transgender by the creator. She’s an agent of AIM who fought off both the Wasp and Mockingbird but later saw the error of her ways.

At this point, a character as simple yet effective as Brilliance could easily be introduced into the MCU. She could be the villain in future Ant-Man And The Wasp sequels or Young Avengers.

Hydra Queen

Hydra Queen pouring herself another glass of wine in Captain America #15

The only reason that Hydra Queen will likely not be used in the MCU is that it seems like the movies and shows are done with Hydra. However, that doesn’t mean they will never return. Queen Hydra could make for a different leader figure for Hydra, seeing how she was a formidable villain for Captain America.

The Queen and a group of soldiers were lost in the Land Of Nowhere. Now it was said that all of the soldiers were men when they were lost and that the Queen “found out who she was” while trapped in Nowhere. It’s never confirmed directly that she is transgender but merely hinted at.

Courier

Gambit flirting with Jacob Gavin Jr. AKA Courier in her womanly form in Gambit #24

Typically, shapeshifters would not count as transgender but a case can be made for Courier. Jacob Gavin Jr. was a shapeshifting mutant but due to an event with Gambit, he lost his ability to shapeshift whilst in a woman’s form. As a result, Courier was to forever be a woman.

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Jacob grew accustomed to his new form and even formed an attraction to Gambit. So while it’s not the same as transitioning, it is still a male becoming a woman both physically and emotionally. With the X-Men being introduced into the MCU, there is the potential for any mutant to be introduced including Courier.

Koi Boi

Koi Boi speaking with a fish in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics

In the silly but very entertaining world of Squirrel Girl is Koi Boi, a young transman named Ken Shiga. He is an aquatic superhero who happens to be a fanboy of the anti-hero Namor The Sub-Mariner.  It’s never explicitly stated but the creator did confirm that he is indeed transgender.

It’s not often that transmen are used in comics so Koi Boi presents a good bit of representation that even most forms of media don’t often provide. There are rumors that Namor will be introduced in the future so Koi Boi is not completely off the table.

Sera

Sera was born as an Anchorite, a male wingless race of angels. However, Sera would befriend the Asgardian warrior Angela which resulted in Sera being able to change herself into the woman she wanted to be.  The two even married, create not only an openly trans superhero but also a lesbian.

The MCU has been very open to embracing the women of Thor’s mythology with Valkyrie becoming the new ruler of Asgard and now the reveal of Jane Foster as the Mighty Thor. It’s not much of a stretch to believe that Angela and Sera could be introduced in the future.

Charlene McGowan

Charlene McGowan holding a Captain America mug in Immortal Hulk comics

Charlene is a scientist and ally to Hulk and other gamma-related heroes. She is a bit newer but she did come out officially as a transwoman in 2020. Not too much else is known about her origins as a transwoman but it came as a nice surprise.

With Disney now fully able to take advantage of the Hulk property, Charlene can be introduced in projects such as She-Hulk or the planned World War Hulk film.

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