Spider-Man: Far From Home is making history.
The upcoming blockbuster, which is set to debut in cinemas on 5 July, is the first in Marvel Studios’ long list of mega-successful superhero movies to cast openly trans actors – two of them, in fact.
Zach Barack has been cast as a friend of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), while Tyler Luke Cunningham will be a featured extra, as pointed out by The Advocate.
It’s the first feature film for 23-year-old Zach, who wrote on Twitter after the movie trailer came out: “Being able to work with other trans people is a gift. Trans people are a gift. I’m so lucky to be me.”
Meanwhile, British audiences may recognise Tyler from his role in BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl, where he played a trans character called Charlie.
The first Spider-Man movie in the current reboot, 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, featured trans actress Josie Totah in the role of gay male student Seymour, but she was not openly trans at the time.
Sony and Marvel recently released the first official trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The teaser clip sees the return of Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Zendaya as MJ, with the introduction of Jake Gyllenhaal as the iconic Marvel villain slash anti-hero, Mysterio. Samuel L. Jackson also reprises his role as Nick Fury.
The official synopsis for the film reads: “Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighbourhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.
“However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”
Watch the trailer below.