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Would There Ever be a Queer Superhero in a Marvel Film? Studios President Says Maybe

Compared to DC Comics, Marvel are a little behind when it comes to represent queer characters in their comics.

However, speaking at an Ant-Man press day, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave a vague promise to when a LGBTI character will appear in a superhero film.

He said he ‘would think’ a LGBTI character will appear ‘in the next decade or sooner’.

Well in the drawing board going up to 2019 it remains to be seen. The comics always make the path that we get to have the fun of saying, ” Yeah let’s choose this way or let’s choose this way’, and I think there are a lot of cool things happening in the comics now that – it’s usually a five to 10-year cycle between when something happens in the comics and when we can do it in the movie, sometimes a little less, but Civil War is certainly about the ten-year mark. Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time.

So we always look at stuff that’s happening in the comics and go, “Where could we do that?” Sometimes it’s sooner, but there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen in the next decade or sooner.”

While the X-Men films are largely seen as a parable to the LGBTI community, this was dropped when Bryan Singer stopped directing them. Marvel has yet to screen a blockbuster led by a female superhero.

Also read: Gay Women In Comics, and There are Plenty

However, for inspiration, they could look at Mystique – a bisexual X-Men villain, or the recent outing of Iceman in the comics.

The Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling are also a popular same-sex couple with the fans.

Tilda Swinton is in Talks to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ (Fingers Crossed)

Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which Scott Derrickson is directing and Kevin Feige is producing.

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The actress is up for the role of the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic guide who mentors Dr. Strange (Cumberbatch), a former surgeon who is unable to continue his work after a bad car accident, in the art of magic. The character was originally male in the comic books.

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Doctor Strange is expected to start shooting in the U.K. in November, with a scheduled released date to be November 2016.

Marvel’s Miss America Comes Out as Gay

A-Force is easily one of the most significant marvel comics to come at in recent years. The series seems a direct response to criticisms that the Marvel Universe still isn’t diverse enough and that there aren’t enough female-centric superhero comics.


So now we have a book that’s almost entirely female-driven. The cast is comprised of the biggest and brightest of Marvel’s heroines, while the script is a joint effort between Angela: Asgard’s Assassin writer Marguerite Bennett and Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson.

In the new issue of A-Force Miss America (akaAmerica Chavez) will outs herself as being bi or lesbian….

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A-Force raised some eyebrows when it was announced because of its all-female cast and its supposed “feminist agenda” (because surely any comic that focuses on female characters must have ill intent).

The comic doesn’t make a point of actively excluding male characters in favour of females. Nor does it play on the old trope that a society ruled by women is inherently superior to a man’s world.



The comic makes it clear that Arcadia is a paradise because all of its inhabitants – male and female, young and old – worked together to make it happen. It just so happens that most of the costumed super-people in this realm are women.

Original X-Men Member Comes Out

A leaked comic has confirmed that one of the original five X-Men, will come out as gay.

Due to be released this week, All-New X-Men #40, confirms that Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, is gay

The comic series centres around the five young original X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey) who time travel to the present day and fight alongside new members of the team.

In the new issue, Iceman makes a comment about their female professor’s “incredible hotness”, and gets pulled aside by psychic Jean Grey.

She questions why he says things like that – and reveals the she knows he is gay.

They discuss the fact that they have met Iceman’s older self, who is not gay, and Bobby suggests:

Maybe he couldn’t handle being a mutant and gay in a society that had issues with both? And one is easier to ‘put away’ than the other?”

He points out that his older self dated character Kitty Pryde, who was played by Ellen Page in two of the live-action X-Men films, and Jean reminds him:

And now she no longer lives on planet Earth.”

The X-Men franchise has often dealt with issues of discrimination and oppression, with many similarities to LGBT rights struggles.

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Marvel Announces The First All-Female Avengers Team

The Marvel Universe is looking to make some changes. The Avengers are coming to an end and in their place, another team will take its place; one that is entirely comprised of female heroes.


Marvel calls the team A-Force, and it’s made up of powerful and diverse women spanning the entirety of the Marvel Universe.

In a recent statement, co-writer G. Willow Wilson said

“She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites, will take charge. We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies.”

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It’s not Marvel’s first all-female team, or even the only one they have right now. X-Men, also written by G. Willow Wilson, with art by Roland Boschi, focuses on a core cast of women.