One of the leading media franchises which are wholly American-based is none other than MCU.
MCU which together stands for Marvel Cinematic Universe constructs the superhero series which in return is produced by Marvel Studios. The characters which are said to be in limelight by the MCU are taken from American Comic Books which is published by Marvel Comics. Talking about the very first film which was produced by MCU, it was Ironman, in the year 2008. Later on, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Ant-Man came into existence with crossovers.
Not only limited to these, but phases of MCU films also had some other masterpieces such as Captain America: Civil war and Spider-Man: Far From Home. These movies together were named “The Infinity Saga” and were a blockbuster for kids, youths, as well as the whole public. Steadily, MCU widened its arena with a series namely Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC. Thereafter leading it ahead with other television platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and local cable television.
Not only limited and stuck to this, but Marvel Studios also started to produce their personal television series for it to stream on Disney+. WandaVision was the curated name that aired in Disney+ in the year 2021 which happened to be the beginning of phase 4 of Marvel Studios.
This whole franchise of MCU was a bigger hit than expected and was the receiver of such good reviews from the earlier time only. The way it was spreading its wings on different platforms while adapting content from comic books, inspired loads of television franchises to work upon themselves and the content they try to put out. From smart marketing campaigns to also engaging in short films namely Marvel One-Shots, there is no stopping by, and which is quietly visible.
About The Creator Of Marvel Cinematic Universe
The creator of Marvel Cinematic Universe is The Walt Disney Company, while the CEO of the same is Kevin Feige. Born on June 2, in the year 1973, Kevin Feige is a producer who works on American films and television as well. Since 2007, both the Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s producer is Kevin Feige only. The films produced by him till now have a whopping sum total of around $26.8 billion which made him one of the highest and finest grossing producers to date, with movies like Avengers: Endgame on his palate. Black Panther was one Feige produced films that received Academy Award for Best Picture, making it the first Marvel Cinematic Universe’s picture to be blessed with an Academy Award.
Earlier, it was the time of X-Men, when Feige was appointed as an associate producer by Donner, looking at his skills and knowledge in this particular field. And later hired as second-in-command with Avi Arad, he was on a fantastic spree as Marvel Studios is concerned. Later in the year 2019, Kevin Feige took the hot seat of the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, finally and as well deserved candidate.
Here we will be discussing Phastos. Who exactly was Phastos and what are the things to be known of MCU’s first gay hero?
Who is Phastos?
Phastos, is a gay character, whose first appearance was said to be in volume 2 of The Eternals, a series that was released in the month of October in the year 1985. Phastos was the creation of the artist Sal Buscema and writer Peter Gillis. Phastos’s history revolves around the third and fourth generation of Eternal who opted to not leave the planet earth and remain on its soil so that he can look out for the person or say item, which he is looking for intensively. As long as Eternal is concerned, Phastos lived under the name of Philip Stoss, till his real identity didn’t get revealed to the one and all. The powers and abilities in Phastos were immense. He was super fast, tough, and had the power to regenerate. He could show away “cosmic energy” through his eyes and hands in the form of a light beam. Not only limited to this, but he also had the capacity of firing bolts from a hammer which he specially carried with him.
6 Things to Know About MCU’s First Gay Hero, Phastos
1. Brian Tyree was no unknown
Brian Tyree Henry who played the character of Phastos in the Eternals was shown playing another character namely Alfred Miles in Atlanta, and in others like Windows and Joker as well.
2. Doing rounds around Marvel Comics since the 80s
Phastos was not considered a part of the Eternal series. It is when Peter B. Gillis and Sal Buscema created the character in 1985. Mostly mistaken by the name of Greek God Hephaestus, Brian entered the MCU world.
3. A beautiful loving family
Phastos has a pretty loving family. He has a husband named Ben, who together raised a child who was by then named Jack.
4. Haaz Sleiman
Phastos’ loving husband was portrayed and played by Haaz Sleiman who is a GLAAD media award winner.
5. Will there be a kiss sequence?
A question that was considered arose was whether there will be a kiss sequence between Phastos and his husband Ben. As long as Out Magazine is concerned, it is said to be a yes, where there will be an on-screen kiss between the two, and which will be a bigger scene for sure for MCU and its fans.
6. Phastos was not a real member of the Eternals.
Yes, Phastos was there in the pages of “Marvel Comics”, but he was not considered earlier as the main character concerning the originality. Later he was added.
An outstanding engineer, inventor, and technologist, the character Phastos was portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry in the MCU film Eternals. The depiction of Phastos in this MCU film was of a gay character, which was the first superhero depicted that way with regard to his fictional husband Ben. According to the storyline, Phastos and Ben raised a son, Jack. Though the main motto of Phastos to be sent to the planet earth was related to the societal development of earth and to protect it from Deviants, which is a story revolving around 5,000 BC.