This New York Post journalist says we don’t need a gay Marvel superhero

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New York Post entertainment critic Johnny Oleksinski published an op-ed on 10 May about why he thinks there isn’t a need for a gay Marvel superhero.

What did he say?

‘We the gay people have finally reached the Everest of equality,’ Oleksinski writes. ‘No, I’m not talking about the legalization of gay marriage in 2015, or Mayor Pete Buttigieg becoming the first serious openly gay presidential candidate. And I certainly don’t mean the recent election of Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, Lori Lightfoot. No, all of that was merely an amuse bouche to this windfall of justice.’

‘The big news is that “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo revealed Wednesday that a Marvel superhero or two will soon come out of the closet. Pop the cork! Set off the fireworks! Call up RuPaul for comment! Now the world will learn that a gay hero can lift a car, make a quip and be as emotionally vague as any straight superhero can. That’s real progress!’

To Oleksinski, this announcement was ‘empty pandering for money.’

Representational pandering

‘For some reason, the Disney-owned, multibillion-dollar-earning Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the scrappy banner-carrier of equality and representation. “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” were ballyhooed as if they were human rights victories as much as films, because who needs, I dunno, actual legal and societal achievements when you’ve got pretty lip service from Hollywood?’

‘According to Gallup, we gays make up just 4.5 percent of the American population. Must we be in everything, regardless of quality? And with a gay character, especially, such a move wouldn’t constitute a groundbreaking “Ellen Show” moment anyway — it would be a targeted, social media-appeasing ploy. The kind of shallow gimmickry we see over and over again.’

‘Remember in 2007 when J.K. Rowling announced that Professor Dumbledore had been gay in “Harry Potter” the whole time? Or when Disney promised an “exclusively gay” moment in its remake of “Beauty and the Beast” that amounted to little more than LeFou batting his eyelashes at Gaston at the pub? The most recent bait-and-switch actually came from Marvel.’

‘When “Endgame” was released in March, we were told that it featured the MCU’s first openly gay character. “Huh,” I thought. “Perhaps my glasses prescription isn’t strong enough.” The millions of people around the world who have seen that movie probably also didn’t spot it, because it was the unnamed guy in the “Five Years Later” group therapy session who talks for 30 seconds about going on a date. To whom should we address our “thank you” cards?’

Joe Russo

Oleksinski quotes director Joe Russo about why he believes representation in film is important.

‘Tell ya what — instead of focusing on bowing to the whims of Twitter and Medium.com with a head-scratching cameo, or trying to pry salty tears out of my eyes with a single scene of gay flirting, just focus on making a good movie. We’ll buy a ticket if it’s good,’ Olesinski says in response to Russo.

Real heroes

‘And, while we’re at it, June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Rather than obsessing over whether Carol Danvers or Dr. Strange is gonna come out of the Sling Ring, familiarize yourself with some actual gay superheroes, like Larry Kramer and the founders of ACT UP. What they did is a real marvel.’

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Fans can’t handle DC’s hunky gay superhero in new film Shazam

DJ Cotrona plays adult version of Pedro Pena in Shazam

DC’s new superhero film Shazam features a hunky new gay superhero… probably.

The film follows the story of foster kid Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) as he moves in with a new family. He now has five foster brothers and sisters.

Then a mysterious wizard (Djimon Hounsou) gifts Billy with superhero powers. This allows him to transform into a grown-up version of himself with super powers, just by saying the word ‘Shazam!’ (he can also transform back into the 14-year-old version of himself by saying the word too).

During one scene, as the family of foster kids escape the film’s villain, grown-up Billy transports the family out of a cave and into a strip club.

As the kids are leaving the strip club, Billy’s brother Pedro Peña (played by Jovan Armand) remarks nonchalantly: ‘Not my thing.’

 

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This one line led fans to assume Pedro is Shazam’s gay (or potentially asexual) character.

‘I loved that DC introduced a gay latino superhero in the big screen,’ said one fan on social media.

Another tweeted: ‘Can we discuss the fact that Pedro is gay?!’

Another hint that Pedro is LGBTI came from Shazam director David F Sandberg, responding to a question about LGBTI superheroes.

‘Don’t want to put spoilers [out there] or anything,’ he said before the film’s release. ‘But I think you will see one sooner rather than later.’

Shazam’s gay superhero gets super strength

By the end of the film, Billy realizes he can also gift his super powers to his brothers and sisters.

As a result, Pedro acquires the ability of super strength (and super big muscles to go along with it!) as he transforms into the adult version of himself (played by DJ Cotrona)

And fans are thirsty to see more.

So without further ado, here are DJ Cotrona’s hottest photos

 

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Angelina Jolie in talks to debut as superhero in Marvel’s The Eternals

Angelina Jolie and Sersi in The Eternals comic.

Bisexual actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to star in The Eternals, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Oscar-winning actress might be about to make her debut as superhero in the movie by Chloe Zhao.

Production is also reportedly looking to cast an openly gay actor for one of the main roles.

Whoever books the gig will be the first gay actor to play an LGBTI protagonist in a Marvel’s movie.

The Eternals

The Eternals, off the 1976 comics created by James Kirby, will focus on the group of defenders and their war against The Defiants.

The Hollywood Reporter shed a light on the plot. One aspect of the story involves the romance between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.

It is unclear whom Jolie will play in the movie, set to be released in 2020.

However, fans are speculating about the role Jolie might book. Some maintain she might be in talks for the role of the immortal Sersi, due to the actress’s physical resemblance to the original character.

Photography to begin later this year

Principal photography will begin in September 2019.

Last year, the studio hired Matthew and Ryan Firpo to pen the script.

They then hired award-winning Zhao in September 2018. Zhao was behind the camera of films such as The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

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