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Marvel’s first openly trans actor Zach Barack calls for more portrayals

From left: Actors Angourie Rice, Zach Barack, and Remy Hii at the world premiere of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on June 26, 2019. Barack is the first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe.
From left: Actors Angourie Rice, Zach Barack, and Remy Hii at the world premiere of "Spider-Man: Far From Home" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on June 26, 2019. Barack is the first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe. Stewart Cook/Sony Pictures via AP/Sony Pictures via AP

The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience.

Zach Barack plays a classmate of Peter Parker’s in ‘‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’’ His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role.

Barack said for him, superhero movies ‘‘always felt like a trans story because it’s talking about identity.’’

Barack says there needs to be more roles for trans people in all sorts of movies.

The 23-year-old Chicago-area native also appeared in the TV series ‘‘L.A.’s Finest.’’

The new Spider-Man movie is now playing in theaters. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is directed by Jon Watts. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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