For years people have been begging for a superhero movie based around a female character; and not to make short of that because I think it's definitely past due to see Wonderwoman, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and many others, but when are going to get an openly gay superhero coming to the big screen?
A few of these I bet most of us comic fans known about, and most are minor characters, but apparently in alternate universes several beloved characters have appeared as LGBT. Doctor Strange, Elektra, Jarvis, Mr. Fantastic, Beast, Wonderman, and even Wolverine in the alternate universe's X-Treme X-Men comics where he hooks up with Hercules!
It's not just about having a gay character, it's about making them relevant to the franchise, and deep, rich characters that people would enjoy. Here's my list of prominent gay and lesbian characters from the Marvel Comics that I'd love to see adapted to film.
1. Northstar - X-Men
Jean-Paul has the distinction of being Marvel's first openly gay character, and one of the first homosexual characters appearing in American comics. He originally appeared alongside Wolverine as part of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, he later joined the X-Men and became a prominent teacher at the Institute. His powers include: flight, super speed, and durability.
One of the most exciting stories that Northstar was involved in was in the two parter Wolverine solo miniseries: 'Enemy of the State' and it's sequel 'Wolverine: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' where Wolverine was murdered by Hydra then reanimated and brainwashed into becoming their assassin. In the mini series he attacked the Fantastic Four, was hunted down by Elektra, and ended up at the Xavier Institute trying to force one of the psychics into murdering the President of the United States. The X-Men and Avengers intervened and defeated Wolverine but not before he killed his teammate Northstar, who was then reanimated and brainwashed to work for Hydra. Wolverine's brainwashing ended soon after and he set out to find his former teammate and defeat Hydra. This would be an awesome story to see come to play in Wolverine 3! The film rights are over at Marvel for Hydra, but we could easily replace that with a team of mutants. If we could depict the relationship between Wolverine and Jean-Paul, show the rich friendship and backstory, then see Wolverine brainwashed into killing him it could be pretty amazing writing.
2. Hulkling & Wiccan - Avengers
Both Wiccan and Hulkling were members of the Young Avengers which was formed when the regular Avengers had disbanded. They were attempting to mimic the looks and codenames of original Avengers. Wiccan taking a look similar to Thor (even originally calling himself Asgardian), and Hulkling taking a name that obviously comes from the Hulk, even though neither character had any connections to Thor or Hulk.
The two have been held in high praise as Marvel's most prominent LGBT couple, and are currently engaged to be married. Their relationship has never been a secret.
Wiccan's parentage is confusing; he was an adopted child never knowing he was "special" until his mutant powers started to surface. It turns out that he, and his teammate Speed, were "created" by the Scarlet Witch as infants for her and her husband Vision since they couldn't physically create children naturally. Dr. Strange intervened and helped Wanda better control her powers and that included "erasing" the two children from existence since they weren't real. It was unknown to them, and the rest of the Avengers, that the children had survived and been put up for adoption.
Wiccan's powers are very similar to his mother's, he possess the same magic and flight ability that she does, but also possess the abilities of telekenesis, pyrotechnics, astral projection, teleportation, and rapid healing.
Hulkling was conceived from the love of two aliens at war: the Kree and the Skrulls. The baby was marked for execution as an abomination but was rescued and taken to Earth to be raised in secret. With his Skrull heritage, Teddy is able to shapeshift and take many forms, which is also why he can mimic appearing as the Hulk when the Young Avengers originally were formed.
Both Young Avengers would make really fun additions to the MCU, they could easily come into play in a Young Avengers movie in Phase 4 or 5 down the line. The YA had some very compelling stories and great diversity, and both Wiccan Hulkling have deep history with the Kree, Dr. Strange, Scarlet Witch and others that would make them great additions to the MCU!
3. Colossus - X-Men
In the Ultimate comic line, Marvel explored a well fleshed out alternate reality which was dubbed the Ultimate Universe. Occasionally on the big screen we get to see mixed versions of this universe and the regular Marvel comic universe. This is one of those cases that it would be interesting to base Colossus' character more on Ultimate Colossus.
We've seen him in two different X-Men movies, X-Men: The Last Stand and Days of Future Past. In both his character wasn't a focus, he was just in the battle scenes and in the background. If we continue playing with the X-Men universe after next year's Apocalypse and Deadpool and then Wolverine 3, it would be fun to see more of what their future has changed into and focusing on both timelines. I think Colossus is a character we fans would really like to see more of, and if we pull in Northstar we could explore the romantic relationship between the two like they did in the Ultimate X-Men comic.
4. Iceman - X-Men
Iceman is another one of those characters who was explored as gay but not from the main Marvel Universe. A while back the original X-Men (Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Iceman) were pulled into the future to meet their adult selves and they've stayed. It was later explained that they didn't come from the past but an alternate reality, and in this reality Bobby Drake is gay. He's only recently come out, and it was by force because of psychic Jean Grey. She told him she knew and that in this future no one cared anymore that he could talk about it, but he still wasn't ready to tell his teammates.
Iceman has been in several X-Men movies always portrayed by Shawn Ashmore. He's another character who I could see coming back for future X-Men movies if we set them in the future timeline. Ashmore has said that he'd never have too much on his plate to not come back if he was asked to. He has said that he very much enjoys the relationship he has not only with his cast mates but with his character. However, it's unlikely we'd see him as gay because the relationship between Iceman and Rogue has been a constant source of plot in the films.
5. Moondragon & Phyla-Vell - Guardians of the Galaxy
Moondragon's backstory is pretty intense, and even though she is openly bi-sexual and has been romantically linked to heroes like Thor and Daredevil she has been most recently romantic with Phyla-Vell.
It's very likely we could see her in an upcoming movie because Moondragon not only fought Thanos but she taught the Avengers how to defeat him and, after one of the times they defeat Thanos, Moondragon is asked to safeguard the Mind Gem. Even though she's an ally of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers, she's still more of an anti-hero who's more on the lookout of what's in her best interest. She's a high level psychic and a master at martial arts.
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Phyla-Vell fought alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy when they fought Thanos during the 'Annihilation' story line, when she joins the team and again fights Thanos a few years later but is, instead, a casualty of this battle. Her partner Moondragon believes her to be alive and captive somewhere, and not dead, so only time will tell.
These two could easily become part of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Avengers 2 saw a romance between Hulk and Widow and each standalone Marvel film has had a secondary story with a romance, it's only logical that we can expect something to come up in Guardians 2 or 3, and I really don't want it to be Star-Lord and Gamora. Phyla-Vell and Moondragon both have such a rich history with Thanos it would be a shame if they ended up sitting out Infinity Wars. They could easily come up in a Captain Marvel cosmic story too!
6. Mystique & Destiny - X-Men
In the comics, Mystique is openly bisexual (which I guess works when you can shapeshift to either gender!). If you've seen an X-Men movie then you know that the beautiful blue shapeshifter Mystique has played a pivotal role in the X-Men franchise. One of the biggest characters that influenced her comic counterpart however has never appeared: her partner Destiny.
Destiny's powers are ones we still haven't seen in a superhero movie; she's a precog, meaning she can see the future. When she was thirteen and her mutant powers manifested she started having dreams of events and recorded them down into diaries, and wrote for a year before stopping. She later hired Mystique to help her make sense of the diaries, attempting to stop several events from happening, while re-shaping others. The two become romantic in the years they spent with each other and even put back together the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in Magneto's absence. Destiny was eventually killed, but her diaries have been a constant source of story in the X-Men universe, and since they're still in Mystique's possession they've influenced much of her motives. If the X-Men universe goes in a way where we keep getting prequels, but we do see some movies (like Wolverine 3) set in the future, Destiny's diaries could be something to tie all the movies together through her premonitions in the past, reaching into the X-Men's future.
7. Karma - X-Men
Karma is probably an X-Men you haven't heard of and I'm not surprised. Even though her origin goes back to 1980 she's always been a minor character that's either absent or in the background. Her powers are unique though, she has psychic possession so she can possess any mind and take control of that individual. I know psychics in the X-Men universe can do this, but she can take it to more of an extreme by altering any memories or desires that she wishes to, and most important of all: she's capable of long term possession.
There have been several different versions of Karma from different alternate universes but almost all of them have identified as lesbian, whether she's a hero or a villain.
Since Fox has announced production a New Mutants movie, of which Karma was a founding member, we'll very likely be seeing her soon!
8. Spider-Woman - SHIELD/Ultimates
Another example from the Ultimate universe is Jessica Drew - Spider-Woman. In the main comic continuity, Drew was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that had been experimented on by Hydra to be given powers. She took the name of Spider-Woman but was unrelated to Spider-Man in any way. However, in the Ultimate universe she was one of the many clones created based on Peter Parker. This version of Drew eventually joined the Ultimates by invitation of Nick Fury, however in this universe she's expressed interest in women, and in her words: "especially redheads and Jews."
In the main continuity, Drew was extremely popular as one of the New Avengers in the early 2000s but she was actually the Skrull Empress shapeshifter in disguise. With the character's popularity, it's only a matter of time until she becomes part of the larger universe. I keep hoping she'll show up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9. Daken - Dark Avengers/Dark X-Men
Back in the '40s Wolverine was married to a nice Japanese girl, but in an effort to bring Wolverine out of hiding, his pregnant wife was murdered by the Winter Soldier. The baby survived and was raised by a Japanese family where the servants referred to him as "Daken" which translated as "bastard dog."
Eventually, Daken was told that it was his father, Logan, who had murdered his mother because his father didn't want a child. Eager to get revenge, he began training so the could find and murder his father.
Daken's mutation is similar to that of Wolverine's: he has three retractable bone claws (two in the knuckles and one in the wrist) on each hand, and the traditional healing factor, but he also can produce pheromones to confuse those around him, and has often used them to confuse and manipulate straight men he claims to be bisexual.
Probably the most famous story that Daken is involved is when he takes Wolverine's place on Norman Osborn's team of Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men. The team is built up of Osborn, who becomes the Iron Patriot, and other villains who pose as famous Avengers, including Venom as Spiderman, and Bullseye as Hawkeye. Daken also remained on the Dark X-Men team also created by Osborn which had Mystique posing as Xavier, and other villains posing as more heroes.
One of my hopes for 2017's Wolverine 3 is that we'll get to meet Daken. Wolverine is missing a ton of memories because of the gaps between DOFP and his present; it's very possible the events of Daken's life could transpire the way they did in the comics, and with Hugh Jackman quitting as Wolverine we could have Daken pick up the claws and codename Wolverine for future X-Men movies.
Well there you have it! Marvel's prominent LGBT characters. I know there are more, but these are the ones I think could fit best into their respective franchises.
Unfortunately, I think we're still a ways off from having a LGBT superhero lead; I mean, we barely have gay or lesbian characters as leads in romantic comedies, action movies, and mainstream films, but I think we could definitely see some of these as background characters or sidekicks in an ensemble film.
Do you think it's time to see an LGBT character in superhero movies?
Which of these characters would you most like to see?
Did I leave any of your favorite gay or lesbian Marvel characters off the list? Tell me below in the comments and leave any thoughts on how you think these characters could fall into their franchises!
[Poll Image Credits: Marvel Comics]