Over the years, numerous Hollywood personalities have come out of the closet, but who would have ever thought that a Marvel superhero would do the same? Male Marvel superheroes have long been depicted in print and film as mighty, fearless, and manly, but in a recent issue of All-New X-Men, one of our favorite superheroes broke that image by admitting a secret that he has long kept.
In All-New X-Men #40 which was just released today, Bobby Drake – popularly known as Iceman – came out with being “full gay.” In one part of the issue, a teenage version of Drake was having a conversation with his fellow mutant Jean Grey.
Drake opened up about his teacher Magik whom he thinks is hot. This surprised Grey because being a telepath, she knew of Drake’s true sexuality. Wondering, she asked Drake why he is saying that another woman is hot when in fact, he isn’t attracted to them in that way.
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After much debate, the young Iceman finally resolved to admitting that maybe he is bisexual. Grey agreed that it might be a possibility but nonetheless, she pointed out that she thinks he is “more – full gay.” Drake then responded, “Yeah… I know.”
This shocking revelation made some Marvel fans uneasy. “It gets awkward when you apply gayness on a character that has presented themselves as straight since 1963,” Josh Siegel wrote in an online geek community site.
However, there are also some that are quite supportive of Iceman’s coming out. One of these is Tristan Cooper who asserted, “You can cry ‘Iceman isn’t gay!!’ all you want, but the fact is, it’s there on the page. It happened. If it doesn’t make any sense to you, maybe you should find something else to read that doesn’t include superhumans who can read minds and shoot lasers out of their eyes.”
Displeased fans should indeed find other comic series to read as the issue’s writer Brian Michael Bendis hinted that there is more to come. “This is just the first little chapter of a much larger story that will be told,” he said.
Bendis also explained why he opted for such a twist. The comic writer said, “There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality.” He emphasized that the X-Men gives readers a “fascinating platform” in which they can carefully observe these “personal journeys.”
In 1963, Iceman appeared in the very first issue of the X-men comic series making him one of the team’s original members.
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