Be still our beating hearts.

We’ve made no secret of our love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe here at GAY TIMES, and we’ll always have a soft spot for Spider-Man, so imagine our delight when it turned out we’re getting a franchise wedding!

“Forget the Biebers… We’re getting married,” wrote Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as he posed with his arm around Spider-Man himself, British actor Tom Holland, in an Instagram photo.

Okay, so maybe it’s just a joke… but we can still hope for a same-sex Marvel power couple, right?

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has faced criticism in the past for its lack of diversity, they’ve promised several LGBTQ characters will appear in the studio’s fast-approaching fourth phase of movies.

First, it was announced that the third Thor sequel, Love and Thunder, will chronicle Valkyrie’s (Tessa Thompson) search for “her queen”, and then it was revealed that The Eternals will feature a gay man who’s married “and got a family”.

Now, it’s been reported that the Captain Marvel sequel will introduce a fan-favourite gay character. According to We Got This Covered, Hulkling – a Kree/Skrull hybrid who possesses shapeshifting abilities and super strength – will make his debut.

In the comics, Hulkling is part of, what is often referred to as “Marvel’s most prominent gay couple” with Wiccan, who has the ability to warp reality, as well as teleportation, astral projection and telekinesis.