Marvel Casts Its First Openly Transgender Actor For ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
Marvel has introduced its first transgender actor Zach Barack for its upcoming film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,‘ due in theaters on July 2.
While speaking on his new and first major role, the 23-year-old candidly shares, “I’m kind of losing my mind a little bit, but I’m acting like I’m not. I don’t know that it fully has [sunk in]…I don’t quite have the capacity to explain how meaningful it is to me.”
In addition Barack adds, “I’m not by any means an expert on comics, but I read them growing up, you know, and they were important. And there’s something very inherently trans about those stories, especially ones where identity and hidden identity is part of them. For example, Peter Parker’s journey [in Spider-Man: Homecoming] is a lot about balancing being a teenager and having this other part of your life. And that is just so trans, it’s something that I absolutely think I’ve felt on a daily basis sometimes – especially being a transmasculine person because sometimes there’s a pressure to be a different way than I feel naturally inclined to do because I want to fit in, and I have to actively fight that instinct.”
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I was 17 the first time I consciously saw a trans person on tv. It was the first time I had hope that I could both be myself and do what I love. It was the first time I didn’t feel alone and, I cannot stress this enough, it kept me alive. Before that, I’d only seen “Boy’s Don’t Cry”, a movie about a trans boy being brutally murdered. For most of my life, I had little evidence that trans people existed, and I certainly did not see examples of professional success. There were so many times I thought about ending my life because I was so unhappy in my body. I was so angry at the world and myself. I never thought in my life I’d get to be visible in my own right- let alone cast In a Marvel movie. The support and love I’ve gotten from trans kids reminded me how important this is for all of us. We need this and we need more. Today, we keep in mind all of the people who can’t be visibly trans or have no choice in their visibility. Today we keep in mind the trans people, namely trans women of color, who are not safe and who are being attacked and killed. It is not always easy or glamorous, but trans people are beautiful and a real gift to this world. Happy trans day of visibility, I love you all so so much. Enjoy these pics of me with the new friends that have been brought into my life thanks to being trans 🙂 #transdayofvisibility #tdov #transisbeautiful PC: @tonyrevolori @remyhii @justgiveawhistle