otoh the return of people claiming that Wiccan and Hulkling were ‘reduced’ to nothing but ‘gay’ with no other characteristics in Vol. 2 may actually give me the motivation to do a break down of their arc - particularly Teddy’s arc - in V2 and how in character & in continuity and in depth it was… à la that America Chavez series of posts I did a few months ago.
(And also I mean more femme guys in comics wouldn’t be the end of the world - not that B&T were remotely overtly femme but it’s not uncommon to get more comfortable in your skin between 14/15 and 18/19 so who cares if they were)
cause ffs if you really think their arc was about being gay characters instead of about relationship dynamics and communication and what happens when the two boys in a relationship are:
(1) a child prodigy who was absolutely certain he had his life planned out until his dream career blew up in his face & literally killed some of his friends & who feels personally responsible for and guilty about absolutely everything that goes wrong & now is depressed, unmoored and unsure about what to do with his life now that he doesn’t have the Avengers as specific role models and
(2) a stoic, selfless to a fault (and yes it is a fault) boy who has literally lost everything but his boyfriend and instead of communicating his needs and/or pain, basically sublimates all his angst into his relationship. (Which is why we love him. And which is why he is Samwise Gamgee. But also why he is susceptible to Loki’s malevolent scheming. Which isn’t about mind control it’s a ~metaphor~ for losing yourself in a relationship and how Teddy in the absence of his mother and in the absence of superhero-ing doesn’t have a defining role that isn’t Billy’s boyfriend.)
If Billy and Teddy were a perfect superhero boyfriend couple, who are they when they are not superheroes and who are they independently of each other? Teddy’s anxieties & plot focus on the latter and Billy’s anxieties & plot focus on the former. Ultimately they end the series both boyfriends and tentatively once again superheroes but this is not nothing, people.
Plus they’re still enthusiastically nerdy and flirty and cute.
I will turn this into a properly laid out structured explanation / point by point argument with panels and screenshots and stuff later this week, I swear.