Marvel has given fans a first look at the first ever drag queen superhero who appears in Marvel’s new iceman comic and we are gagged.
The drag queen is a mutant called Shade who is part of the X-Men.
The character was created by openly gay Marvel Comics writer Sina Grace and artist Nathan Stockman. Using her special power, teleportation, Shade shantays centre stage and introduces herself as the master of ceremonies at the first ever Mutant Pride Parade.
The superhero tells everyone present at the Pride event: “‘Ello Manhattan! It’s your emcee, Shade.
“And I got none to throw at Dazzler’s set!” she adds about her fellow mutant’s performance. “Let’s give her another round of applause.”
After Shade introduces the next act, she uses her fan to teleport away with a ‘thwoorp’.
The writer of the Iceman comic, Sina Grace told to The Advocate that following the introduction of gay superhero Iceman in 2015 he wanted to further open audiences eyes to the full spectrum of the queer community.
“I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to being both a mutant and a superhero,” he said.
“There’s a million different queer perspectives and we’re only scratching the surface.”
Drag is continuing to power its way onto the mainstream. We have seen queens in blockbuster films (A Star is Born), on television (RuPaul’s Drag Race), on YouTube (UNHhhh) and on Netflix (Dumplin, Super Drags, Dancing Queen).
Marvel has shown itself to be progressive in terms of its inclusion of minorities in storylines.
When Marvel’s Stan Lee passed away late last year, the queer community, in particular, were quick to comment on the importance of some of Stan Lee’s characters in their lives. And it makes sense that characters who start off as misunderstood and often mistreated individuals, who then become brave and powerful heroes tend to resonate with the journies of LGBT+ people all over the world.
Much like the team of mutants known as the X-Men, queer people are more often than not made to be the outsiders of society, and discriminated against due to a lack of understanding about who we are.
Stan Lee, without even knowing it, created a universe of characters that provided queer people with something to resonate with and look up to and it is clear to see that these values will continue to be upheld in the Marvel universe.
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