You know how the X-Men movies have always used being mutant as a parallel for gay rights issues? Well, now one of the original X-Men is gay! That should make it easier going forward!
In the new All-New X-Men run, teenage versions of five of the original X-Men -- Beast, Angel, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey -- are transported to present day to fight alongside the older versions of themselves.
In issue #40, out tomorrow, Jean Grey calls out Iceman A.K.A. Bobby Drake when he makes sexist comments about their instructor, Magik, then outs him as gay in private. Which he denies...until Jean reminds him she’s a psychic.
Iceman isn’t the first out X-Men -- there’s Shatterstar and Benjamin Deeds and Northstar, who ironically once had an unrequited crush on Iceman -- but he’s definitely the most famous.
In the All-New X-Men story, Iceman’s older counterpart is actually straight (To which teen Iceman guesses, “Maybe he couldn’t handle being a mutant and gay in a society that had issues with both?”) and in past Marvel comics, he's often seen dating women, including romances with Kitty Pryde and Mystique.
In the X-Men movies too -- Iceman appears in every film in the original trilogy, as well as Days of Future Past -- Bobby (Shawn Ashmore) is assumed to be straight, shown in relationships with both Shadowcat (Ellen Page) and Rogue (Anna Paquin).
But true comic book fans know there have always been rumors that Iceman might be gay. Now, writer Brian Michael Bendis just made it official. Though Bendis is not pleased fans found out like this.
i swear on my dogs, i wanted the issue to come out and just be. no press. no sensational headlines. no leaks. oh, well.— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) April 21, 2015
While he’s already fielding controversy about Iceman’s coming out:
More people are sending him love and gratitude for being inclusive:
Mazel tov, Iceman. Now someone get this mutant a cute boyfriend ASAP.
Speaking of comics, watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast play a classic game of Chris vs. Chris: