Zoe Terakes discusses what it means to be the first trans actor in the MCU

Zoe Terakes shares his experience working in the Marvel Studios as a trans actor.

Terakes was revealed to be a member of Ironheart and would play a significant role in the project. Terakes was eager to discuss what it means to them to be a part of the Marvel family, but as is custom, Marvel Studios is managing the show with the utmost confidentiality.

In an interview with Collider, the actor says, “I think as trans people, growing up I didn’t get to see myself anywhere, so I didn’t really know that I existed. And especially not in a superhero show or movie. And so I think I just feel deeply grateful and moved that little trans kids and trans teens have something to look at and to know they exist and to know that they can have superpowers and that that’s where we belong.”

While discussing how he felt when he was young, the actor further said, “We don’t just belong in trauma stories on the fringes dying in things, you know? We belong there with the big guys. So yeah, it meant a lot to me.”


Despite not having the finest track record when it comes to diversity, Marvel Studios has worked hard to improve that through Phase 4 and beyond. For example, Phastos is the first openly gay superhero in the MCU, and Makkari, the first deaf superhero, were both introduced in Chloé Zhao’s Eternals.

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Anoosha Khan
Anoosha Khan

Anoosha Khan is a film critic and entertainment editor based in the UK. She has been reporting about celebs and movies for WatchinUK for the past year.

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