Marvel has stated that they have never been more diverse than now. They also talked about how important the LGBT community is to them. I am going to talk about pretty much every bit of anti lgbt things and also talk about LGBT things they allowed since All New Marvel (2013- November 4th 2015). These will not be in order by date but sort of connected relevance.
Young Avengers wins a GLAAD ( Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ) award. This was the highlight of progress for Marvel. They had managed to publish a book that was loved by the LGBT community and set ground into making many of them become fans of Marvel comics. For many they thought this would just be the beginning, well it was the beginning of something.
Jean Grey outs young Bobby Drake in a way that offended many lgbt members as well as pissing off general fans of the character. This was recently further dealt with months later in X-men issue 600 to confirm both version of Ice Man were indeed gay. While opinions on the characters change were varied the consensus was the outing was wrong. However, that didn’t change that his issue got tons of press coverage, and sold tons of issues. It likely will also increase sales of booth books the Bobby’s are in as well as X-men 600 due to curiosity from fans.
Axel Alonso stated when referring to Angela that they didn’t want to label the characters sexuality. This is a major problem because currently Angela is the only visibly queer lead of a title. While bi, gay, and lesbian characters exist in team books generally speaking their sexuality is a background detail. Wiccian and Hulking will kiss once in all of New Avengers maybe twice if it goes on a long time (but with it’s buzz we’ll see). Ultimates seemed to have a heavy America Chavez focus for the teaser but she isn’t the actual leader nor do we know her status. Obviously recently we got that Bobby Drake is gay and both versions will be on teams.
Hurcules’s canon bisexuality was erased. While in the above statement Marvel claimed to not care about labels he for sure wanted to come out and make sure people understood Hurcule’s doesn’t touch man meat despite rocking a sexy dad bod. Now Hurcule’s bisexuality was most commonly shown in a elseworld story but Hurcule’s of myth was bisexual and in the comics many hints had been dropped about his sexuality. Judging by issue one Hercules is to busy stroking long hard guns to think about stocking long hard other things.
Gambit was intended to be bi in his solo but that was forced out by editors. The writer says it was only one of many possible things but it was something he had pushed for that was not allowed. Showing once again the label straight is fine and labels are for people who Marvel considers other. It could have been Marvel has some friends in the Church of Humanity (X-men reference) they didn’t want to offend.
Loki’s gender fluidity was intended to be a bigger focus in the Agent of Asgard comic instead we simply get a reference until the last days arc where it goes more all out. It is hinted at several times in the series so it may have been as big as Ewing did intend. Still their was questioning from Bleeding Cool and among fans. Then we could speak on Loki’s apparent quick reversion to being a villain being a serial killer in Thors, a traitor in A-force, and now in the upcoming Thor book seems to once again be on the side of “evil”. Now this is covers and solicitations but we can all agree the design is ugly. Also comments by Marvel creators showed a misunderstanding of Loki where they said “They can’t reveal if it’s guy Loki or girl Loki” despite Loki never truly being either as a genderfluid person that is a limiting way to describe Loki.
Speaking of House of M Secret Wars was intended to make several characters queer for the alternate reality because I mean what’s the odds of people being straight in every reality? The excuses for Marvel on this front were to avoid confusion as if comic book readers that could understand Secret Wars couldn’t understand that maybe one version of a character is gay.
Deadpool’s creator made offensive comments about how Deadpools brain works saying he can be any sexuality you want him to be. Tim Miller for the Deadpool movie confirmed Deadpool to be pansexual but Marvel proper is unwilling to make such statements.
Sexuality can be a private thing for many people more so working professionally and afraid to lose work. Marvel has been hiring more LGBT creators. That said the majority are B who are in a straight relationship so if Marvel even knew they were queer is a question. Their books for the most part don’t appear to reflect their queerness at all but they aren’t out yet. I would hope these creators and really all creators were working to push more and more representation but this is Marvel. Most these creators are freelance and easy to remove, they have no say in the larger universe, and really once Marvel owns you what can you do?
So while Marvel attempts to get us to shower them in praise let’s not forget that Marvel has likely done far more than what I listed here and will likely do more. Marvel people if you read this I hope it acts as a semi reality check or something that at least inspires further conversation with editors to ask more questions. Fans of Marvel I hope this inspires you to ask Marvel even if you aren’t part of the community for more. I love Marvel’s universe, I would love to work for them one day but the way Marvel is right now is not the Marvel I want to believe in. Let’s hope Marvel becomes a better place for the community and tell me what you think. For all I know Marvel will release 50 new LGBT lead titles before I even publish this but I think they have sort of run out of slots.
“Why am I here? OMG Tony wHY ARE YOU AN A.I.?!! WAIT Why my uniform has a HYDRA LOGO ON iT??!!”
“…Welcome back, Steve.”
-How to fight your evil (boy)friend… and most importantly, how to bring him back to you Lesson 101
OK one day I discover that I have never drawn A.I. Tony and I somehow want to draw a Hydra Cap fix-it (sorta), and apparently my brain decides to mix the two things together so this is it! (And as now Marvel belongs to Disney, so I decide to make good use of the rule “true love always save the day” :D)
I really had a lot of fun drawing this, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :D
Marvel is trying to charge me 3 more dollars for 16 less pages than DC Rebirth #1? Also being extremely reactionary to their criticisms from Marvel Now through ANAD Marvel with ResurreXion and now Legacy without actually listening to what we’re saying?
No thanks, I’ll stick to Dark Nights: Metal and Doomsday Clock as well as the multitudes of DC in my pull list.
They haven’t learned. They aren’t shifting enough creative teams. They aren’t changing up editorial. Don’t fall for it.
honestly i’m not keeping entirely on track with SE but keeping Tony an AI in this story instead of just finding a way to wake his body up (wherever it may be) is making me more nervous than it probably should.
Read the New Avengers and Uncanny Avengers #1s. Didn’t like either of them. First off, both were steeped in the growing ‘90s nostalgia. Unfortunately, the ‘90s were a terrible time for comics, especially for Marvel. While there was some good stuff here and there in the corners, most of it was utter crap. Being a lifelong Marvel fan, I was chased off to DC to read Starman and hope things got better someday. Once Heroes Reborn finally died an incoherent death, things did.
Uncanny has a bizarre, seemingly random group of heroes cobbled together by Cap Torino, based in an old movie house somewhere in Manhattan because…. it’s cool? You get a few hints at the new status quo along with some carefully selected pre-SW references to attempt to prove that this not actually the reboot it clearly is. Introduce a new mediocre villain and you’re done long before you’ve come close to earning the 399 cents.
New Avengers was even less appealing. This is the one that seems to be living off the meat still on the bones Hickman left behind. Sunspot is running Avengers Idea Mechanics on an island somewhere with another random selection of heroes. There are some good characters here but I don’t see much reason for any of these people to be together other than editorial mandate. Both books felt cartoonish and simple. I won’t be coming back for either issue #2