What Deadpool 2 gets right and wrong about Hollywood’s first LGBTQ Marvel heroes

What Deadpool 2 gets right and wrong about Hollywood’s first LGBTQ Marvel heroes:

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Something felt different about Deadpool 2 the day Céline Dion dropped her music video for “Ashes.” It was (arguably) the most ambitious crossover of all time when the foulmouthed merc sashayed around the Canadian queen of pop. More seriously, it felt like Ryan Reynolds and his team behind the sequel were attempting to acknowledge a long-festering issue. Deadpool is one of the relatively few LGBTQ superheroes we have in comic books. He’s flirted with Spider-Man half a dozen times on the page and found his eye wandering up the supple thighs of Punisher, Thor, and his buddy Cable (played in Deadpool 2 by Josh Brolin). But his panuality, as some critics were quick to note, had never actually been addressed on screen — pointing to a much larger problem about the erasure of queer characters from comic book-based blockbusters. Then came Deadpool by way of Yanis Marshall. The openly gay choreographer has become a viral sensation for his YouTube videos in which he and other men fiercely dance to the diva discography of Beyoncé, Rihanna, and fellow icons — in heels no less. His presence underneath the red suit in “Ashes” felt like a declaration of Deadpool’s “fluid” (as Reynolds would say) identity. Deadpool 2 channeled the spirit of this video to make its own statement by introducing the first openly LGBTQ heroes in a Marvel film, and it’s not Shatterstar, as some headlines suggested. The move is both a groundbreaking moment that raises the bar for inclusion in Hollywood, but also speaks to certain problems that still linger in the industry. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), the mutant with “the coolest name ever,” according to Deadpool, reemerges in Deadpool 2 after her scene-stealing shade in the first film. She has an announcement to make: “This is my girlfriend,” she tells Wade Wilson at the X-Mansion, motioning towards Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna). She doesn’t beat around the bush the way so many other characters in studio films have in the past. With the same ease as Negasonic flips Deadpool the bird, she comes out of the closet to the world and makes cinematic history. The words here matter. Wonder Woman literally grew up on an island solely populated by women, but in her big-screen debut there’s never an explicit mention of any same- relationship. Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok is supposed to be biual, confirmed by Tessa Thompson, but director Taika Waititi revealed he had to cut out a scene that would’ve made that clear to the audience. The X-Men comics, meanwhile, have long been seen as an allegory for LGBTQ oppression: Just like in the queer community, mutants must “come out” as mutants to the general public and are often met with fear and violence as a result. It’s only now that we finally have two characters who can make that clear to a superhero movie audience. Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Negasonic and Yukio, however, don’t satisfy the Vito Russo Test. Like the Bechdel Test, which examines female representa
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