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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Business As Usual
I'd be a lot more entertained by the ongoing controversy over the sexual identities of Hulkling and Asgardian in Young Avengers if it wasn't for one thing. This is a Marvel comic we're talking about. Oh sure, there will be plenty of ambiguous statements regarding what's going on with the characters, some blatantly subtle "hints" in the stories themselves, but I very much doubt we're ever going to see something as simple as either character simply saying "Oh yeah, and I happen to be gay."
See, this way Marvel gets to congratulate themselves for "putting the issue out there" without actually having to follow through. They can milk the "controversy" for all it's worth, and still use the "oh no, they're just very sensitive boys" excuse and give them girl-friends if somebody buys the film rights to Young Avengers.
And if Marvel actually does have the nerve to have the characters come out, let's hope that nobody tells Wolverine.
And before anyone chimes up with "But Allan Heinberg, surely we can trust him to honestly and fairly address this, he put lesbians in The OC!" Yeah, but putting faux-lesbians on your teen angst show to titillate the male audience members is about as "brave" or "groundbreaking" as putting out a sitcom about a family with a dad who's kind of an idiot and a mom who's far too attractive to be married to that slob.
(And, oh yeah...I called the "big shocking revelation" regarding Patriot. I still don't get what the big deal is. I'd have been perfectly happy with Cap. Jr. just being black, without having the whole "black Captain America"/"you will like this character"/Truth spin-off angle shoved down my throat.)