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

    This June 26, 2019 photo released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, 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. Barack, who plays the first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe, says there needs to be more express representation of his experience. Superhero movies "always felt like a trans story because it's talking about identity," said Barack at last month’s premiere of "Spider-Man: Far From Home," in which he plays a classmate of Peter Parker's. His gender identity is not addressed in the movie. (Stewart Cook/Sony Pictures via AP)
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    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.

    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.’’

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

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    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