Black Panther Actor Addresses Why The Film Left Out A Gay Romance

Its Black Panther’s opening weekend in most countries around the globe, and most are overjoyed to finally see the film.

Black Panther is being seen as a pop-culture event that’s a must watch for even the most casual moviegoer. On top of that, critics, and fans who’ve seen the movie within its first two days of release, agree that the film is just. that. good.

But, sadly the film has one note going against it, and that’s the lack of LGBTQ representation.

Of course, this isn’t a scream for representation where there originally wasn’t any. Within T’Challa’s inner circle are the Dora Milaje (his royal guards). Two prominent members of which are a lesbian couple.

Specifically, the character Ayo, played by Florence Kasumba in the movie, is in a lesbian relationship in the comic Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

Then last April, Vanity Fair reported that there was a deleted scene of Ayo flirting with Okoye, played by Danai Gurira. Shortly after, a Marvel representative quelled any talk about that by saying that the two were non-romantic.

Now that the film is out, we can unfortunately share the slight-spoiler that there is no romantic interaction between the two in Black Panther’s breakout film.

In addition, Vulture was able to speak to Kasumba and get her perspective on why her character’s sexuality wasn’t touched on.

The thing is, if the makers would have wanted everyone to see the scene, it would have been in the movie. The final result that we’ve seen, there were a few scenes that have been cut. Different scenes, also. They didn’t make it into the movie for certain reasons, and at that point, I have to say: What their reason is, I can’t tell you, because nobody told me about whether it’s in or not.

But at this point, I personally think people have no idea who T’Challa is, who are the Wakandans, what is Wakanda, where is Wakanda, what is their culture. There are so many important things that had to be told in these two hours. So the focus was on what is so important for T’Challa. What happens after the last movie that we saw. I know all the other scenes that we have also filmed that are not in the movie. People have their reasons why not.

Vulture also asked Kasumba if she would have liked to see her character’s sexuality explored in a future installment.

I’d love to, at some point. Not now, because it’s too soon. At this point, the focus is somewhere else. I started reading World of Wakandatowards the end of filming and I loved reading the comics. I loved reading about, Okay, how do the Doras become Doras? … That’s the whole reason why we had a boot camp [to train for the movie]: In order to be physically able to move as a unit. That was more important. That’s what I’m saying, right? Who is in love with whom and whatever — that was not important in this movie.

Whether or not Black Panther gains a sequel depends on how well the first film does in its opening weekend. Though, with the rabid hype and hysteria circling around the film, we aren’t so worried.

Marvel Wants Fans To Create Comics (But Not Gay Ones)

Marvel Comics is trying out a new way of creating content, but fans/artists are not liking the restrictions being placed on them. Some even say the rules are discriminatory.

Marvel Comics is currently going through finding work and artists for their new feature called “Create Your Own.” The idea is that fans will be able ot create their own comic strips using Marvel characters and then Marvel will pick from the liter to publish as a special feature.

The problem is the rules of what fans and artists can’t include is discouragingly long.

On that long list of prohibited themes, plots, and characters, includes notes like not adding “death,” “bad language,” “noises related to external bodily functions,” “bare midriffs,” “vitamins,” “double entendres,” “aliens,” and “politics, including alternative lifestyle advocacies.”

As you can imagine, many people are not ok with this. And as you’ve probably guessed, many shared their distaste for the limitations on Twitter.

Comic book critic Matt Santorini is one of those angry voices. Santorini not only pointed out the discrimination in the wording of the last rule, but also the fact that Marvel Comics has been extremely aggressive in this year.

Despite several being upset with these rules, Marvel Comics has yet to comment on the controversy.

h/t: The Verge

Meet The Gay Superhero Joining The Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers are getting a gay teammate, and we’re excited to see him.

The comic book company announced their upcoming plans for their most popular superhero team (besides the X-Men of course) next year.

Those plans have revealed a teammate named Miguel Santos, or more appropriately, “Living Lightning.”

And who is Living Lighting? He got his name after looking into an evil group called the Legion of Living Lighting. During that, he gained the power to control lightning and turn into it himself.

Lightning has already been a member of the team before in the 1990’s Avengers West Coast.

Now, the hero will simply be rejoining them during the “No Surrender” storyline that will take place between Avengers issues #675 and #690.

“We [were looking] for an entry-level character, a person who makes sense coming into the world of the Avengers and, to some degree, being the viewpoint of the reader,” editor Tom Breevort talked to Comic Book Resources about the upcoming “No Surrender” storyline.

“He’s suddenly been thrown into the deep end as one of the key players in trying to keep the world safe and deal with these massive crises that the Avengers deal with,” Breevort adds. “He gets to see that from a ground level and very human perspective… This isn’t a level that Miguel is used to or comfortable with having to work on.”

And if you’re wondering why we’re talking about Living Lightning here, it’s because Miguel Santos is gay.

While Santos originally dated women, one issue of the satirical series Great Lakes Avengers sees the character come out, and then comic book writers decided to keep it. This made him the first gay Avenger.

“He’s gay. Get over it,” said GLA writer Dan Slott, “Previous girlfriends? Beards. Or relationships that just didn’t work—because Miguel hadn’t come to terms yet with who he really is. Miguel is a gay superhero and a wonderful role model.”

Now the question is, how many centuries will we wait before we see him go to the big screen.

h/t: NewNowNext

X-Men's Iceman Had His First Gay Kiss

Iceman had his first gay kiss (again!).

The comic book hero has had interesting year or two.

The X-Men member has had to come out twice now and now even gets his first gay kiss twice too.

You see, there’s currently two canon iterations of the character right now. One that we’ve all known and loved for years and a younger version of him that’s done some time traveling into our time.

It was the younger version that came out first and then subsequently got his first gay kiss.

Then, having his younger version come out caused the closeted Iceman of our time to finally face his sexuality. Afterwards, he’s been adjusting to that, coming out to his parents, doing a little dating, and now he’s gotten to kiss a guy himself.

You can either buy the comic to read the entire scene, or you can check out some of the fated scene down below.


Latest Issue of Iceman Has The Gay Hero Coming Out To His Parents

Credit: Marvel Comics

The latest issue in the Iceman standalone series, Iceman #5, is out today, and it contains a momentous scene in the character’s life.

The character of Iceman has been drastically changed in the past two years to be gay. This has been a divisive act by Marvel comics that has split the fans.

Some fans celebrate the change as progressive and having been hinted at before, while others feel that the character having dating problems with women doesn’t automatically mean that he’s gay. (And a fraction of that group feel bi would have been a more suitable change).

That said, the change is here to stay and in fact it is evolving even more so.

Iceman #5 just came out today and within the comic Bobby Drake comes out to his parents… to bad results.

If you want to check out the full issue and see what happens next, click here to buy Iceman #5 for $3.99.

Thor Ragnorak Will Show First Gay Character in Marvel Movies

via Entertainment Weekly

Thor Ragnorak is the next Marvel movie to come around the corner and it looks like it’ll include a gay hero.

Gay characters have existed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the tv shows. For instance, Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones and Iron Fist was a multi-layered lesbian character and lawyer who assisted the heroes in their legal battles.

That said, because Kevin Feige doesn’t want to deal with Ike Perlmutter (the head of Marvel comics and TV), any real connection between the tv shows and movies are lost.

So, this new character that’ll show up in Thor Ragnorak will be the first real gay character in the movies.

But who is the character? He’s a rock alien named Korg that kind of looks like The Thing from the Fantastic Four except maybe with a little more rock....

Credit: Marvel Comics

You see, Thor Ragnorak is intertwining its own story with that of “Planet Hulk.” Thor Ragnorak sees the Norse God as a captive on a planet and forced to fight others (like Hulk) in an intergalactic colosseum. “Planet Hulk” was a storyline in the mid-2000s in which Hulk was a captive on a planet and forced to fight others... Get the drift?

During the “Planet Hulk” storyline, Hulk befriended a group of alien warriors known as the Warbound. Within that group were the rock-like Korg and a one-armed alien named Hiroim. It was later revealed that the two were a couple.

It has also been revealed that Korg is in Thor Ragnorak and will be an ally to Thor. Korg will be performed by Taika Waititi, the director, himself through motion capture.

Thor Ragnorak / Credit: Marvel

The question is? Will the character’s sexuality be mentioned or even shown through his romance with fellow teammate Hiroim?

We’ll see October 25 when Thor Ragnorak releases.

h/t: NewNowNext