Yahoo (exclamation point!) Movies talked to Joss Whedon at the Iron Man 3 premiere last night (sadly he had no comment on Gwyneth Paltrow's dress) and what comes across as an off-hand remark is something of a huge bomb to comic book fans. Whedon, the writer director of Avengers (duh), says that he has a first draft of the Avengers 2 script complete. The reporters then asked how many scripts he would do and he said, "It's an evolution," and then added as if just an aside, "I've got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They're in the movie."
What? New characters for the Avengers 2? That is amazing! Many comic book sites picked up on the fact that it might be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, both long-time Avengers in the comics. But there are some complications with that idea. The hot-headed speedster and his hex-casting twin are the children of Magneto, which would be a great cross-over with the X-Men movies, but the rights to the X-Men are owned by Fox, so they might not be allowed in an Avengers movie.
So, what other brother/sister teams are there? Meet Northstar and Aurora. Yes, these Canadian superheros were a part of Alpha Flight and are not nearly as well-known as the other two, but they would be an amazing choice for the movie. They're both super-fast, have the power of flight, and when they get together they can produce blinding bursts of light. Even better, Aurora has multiple personalities and a history of mental illness and Northstar was the first comic book character to come out of the closet. A gay superhero would be amazing (and a first in a huge blockbuster) and a woman with mental trouble is always good for plot devices. Sign them up, Joss! What are you waiting for?
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DC Comic bosses have announced Alan Scott - the original Green Lantern, who first debuted in 1940 - will be reintroduced in an upcoming issue as homosexual.
The new twist, to be revealed when the issue hits shelves on Wednesday (06Jun12), came about after DC writers decided to reboot their superheroes last year (11) and wrote out Scott's openly gay adult son Obsidian.
Series writer James Robinson says, "I was sort of putting the team together and I realised one of the only downsides to relaunching the Justice Society as young, vibrant heroes again was that Alan Scott's son was no longer going to exist in the reboot. I thought what a shame and then it occurred to me, why not just make Alan Scott gay?"
Green Lantern's 'outing' follows Marvel's decision to feature a storyline in which superhero Northstar proposes to his longtime partner, Kyle Jinadu.
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Stan Lee's X-Men comics have been brought into the 21st century - the latest issue of the Marvel publication features its first same-sex wedding proposal.
Astonishing X-Men #50, which hit store shelves on Wednesday (23May12), features a storyline revolving around superhero Northstar asking his longtime partner, Kyle Jinadu, to marry him.
The gay couple will make its relationship official by exchanging vows in the next issue of the X-Men series, due on sale next month (Jun12).
Whatever your stance, there's a dramatic and undeniable shift in tolerance towards the acceptance of the LGBT community in America. Pop culture is a clear signal of the change, while also pushing it to occur. TV, movies, music — they're all arenas where it's commonplace to see people of any sexual orientation just being people. Like many lifestyles and ideologies before it, the treatment and casual portrayal of gay and lesbian life in pop culture has helped to dispel abnormality in the big picture.
The one faction of entertainment that may be limping behind the pack is the world of comics. Because of its machismo depictions and largely male demographic, mainstream comics have rarely depicted openly gay characters, leaving the exploration of alternative lifestyles to independent and fringe books. But the world of superheroism is about to take a Superman-sized leap forward with the announcement that DC Comics will reveal one of its known characters to be gay. Bleeding Cool was on hand at 2012 Kapow Convention in the UK, where the comic juggernaut declared the plans, stating their company policy had "evolved."
Gay characters in mainstream comics aren't completely unheard of: in 1992, Marvel revealed its character Northstar, part of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, to be gay. Over time, the character took heat for never actually displaying affection, which some considered a cop out, but in 2011, Northstar was illustrated kissing his boyfriend Kyle. DC has also dabbled in the hot-topic issue, previously revealing their character Batwoman as a lesbian in 2006. Apparently their policies to not feature gay characters were restricted to men?
The company was mum on which character would come out of the closet, but the plan was to reintroduce an existing hero, making them, "one of [their] most prominent gay characters." Marvel's jumping on the bandwagon too: on the May 22nd episode of The View, the company will reportedly make the big announcement that Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle will tie the knot. In a world where the President of the United States is under fire from prominent figures for voicing his opinion on gay marriage, that's a pretty big deal.
Now to go one step further. The rise of gay characters in comic books needs to pave the way into the other media in which they're so prominently featured. Superheroes play a major part in the summer movie spectrum (see: The Avengers box office gross), a slice of Hollywood business that's founded on the dollars of the youth demographic. Comic books are becoming increasingly more popular thanks to the wonders of iPad, but blockbusters will always have more eyes. We see gay characters featured on hit TV comedies or as supporting characters in Oscar-winning dramas, but nothing with $200 million worth of special effects roping in every pair of eyes under the sun.
Little changes only help the issue, but superhuman strength is required for a true paradigm shift.
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