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Captain Marvel 2 will add Popular Queer Character
The Gay Times broke an article claiming Captain Marvel 2 would include a popular queer character from the Marvel Comics’ Universe. The report originally came a couple weeks ago from We Got It Covered claiming:
We Got This Covered has heard that another LGBT superhero will be introduced in Captain Marvel 2 in the form of Hulkling. Despite his name, Hulkling isn’t actually a relative of Bruce Banner’s or a victim of gamma radiation but rather, is a heroic teen Skrull. The first Captain Marvel already explored the surprising kindness of the shapeshifting race, so it’d definitely be easy to introduce Hulkling in the sequel.
Furthermore, our sources – the same ones who told us the real Mandarin will be in Shang-Chi, and that Taskmaster will be the villain in Black Widow, both of which are now confirmed – have explained that he’ll have a small role in CM2 but will feature more prominently in Young Avengers, which we’ve previously reported could be coming to Disney Plus relatively soon. The character will be depicted as openly gay as well and, as per the comics, will have a romance with Wiccan, Scarlet Witch’s son who we believe will make his MCU debut in WandaVision.”
As a massive fan of Young Avengers I couldn’t be more thrilled by this news! Particularly in the wake of Young Avengers comics being banned in Brazil for their queer content, it feels extra right to have Billy and Teddy’s romance come to the forefront in the MCU.
On September 9, Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned the ban. The court also made it illegal to ban any LGBT content. Social media users mocked the mayor’s attempted ban by flooding the internet with photoshopped images of the kissing couple in various locations around Rio de Janeiro.
Hulking & Wiccan co-creator Jim Cheung responded with grace and dignity on his Instagram:
Teddy & Billy (2019) . It was with great surprise today, to learn that the mayor of Rio de Janeiro decided to ban the sale of my (and Allan Heinberg’s) book, Avengers:The Children’s Crusade, for alleged inappropriate material. . For those not familiar with the work from 2010, the controversy involves a kiss between two male characters. . Now I don’t know what prompted the mayor to seek out a work that is almost a decade old, and that had already been on sale for many years, but I can say honestly, that there was no hidden motivation or agendas behind the work in promoting any particular lifestyle, nor targeting any unique audience. The scene merely depicts a tender moment between two characters who are in an established relationship. . As an artist, my passion is to tell stories; stories of great heroism, compassion and love, with as authentic and diverse characters as possible. Characters that depict every walk of life and color, whether they be black or white, brown, yellow or green. . The fact that this book, from almost a decade ago, is now being drawn into the spotlight by the mayor perhaps only highlights how out of touch he might be with the current times. The LGBTQ community is here to stay, and I have nothing but love and support for those who continue to struggle for validity and a voice to be heard. . I hope the beautiful people of Brazil, the wonderfully diverse and proud nation, will see through this political ‘noise’ and place their focus on the light, and on ways to unite, rather than help sow the seeds of conflict and division . #TeddyAltman #Hulkling #BillyKaplan #Wiccan #YoungAvengers #AvengersChildrensCrusade #MarvelComics #Marvel #Comics #MCU #pencils #pencildrawing #process #JimCheung #LoveNotHate #LGBTQ
16.1k Likes, 613 Comments – Jim Cheung (@jimcheungart) on Instagram: “Teddy & Billy (2019) . It was with great surprise today, to learn that the mayor of Rio de Janeiro…”
Comic readers will also remember that Teddy (Hulkling), is the son of Mar-Vell (the OC Captain America), and a Skrull. It would simple enough, per the MCU continuity, to make him the son of the female Mar-Vell and a Skrull man – Talos perhaps?
However, a lack of official confirmation always has speculation flying wild and many comic book fans are pulling for America Chavez to join Captain Marvel 2.
We would love to know which Queer character you’re hoping to see join the MCU down in the comments section of this post!
DCTV’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Begins Shooting?
Executive Producer and co-mastermind of the Arrowverse, Marc Guggenheim has teased the beginning of the 5-way DCTV Crossover Event: Crisis on Infinite Earths in a Tweet earlier this week:
Six shows. Five scripts. One epic. #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths
While the image is obviously intentionally candid and shows nothing other than the scripts themselves it makes for not an unimpressive feat to behold.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes won’t start airing until December this year and it does feel a bit early for these episodes to be shooting already. If that is, in fact, the case, I’m left tingling with excitement at the scale this year’s crossover will be tackling. The mid-season events have yet to disappoint, in my opinion, and in the wake of Avengers: Endgame the bar for such things (in the genre world), has definitely been elevated.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will be joined by everyone’s favourite DC Comics’s time traveling cowboy – Jonah Hex! EW broke the news last week that Legends of Tomorrow actor Johnathon Schaech would be reprising his role for the crossover.
Per TVInsider Hex will be joined by a fan-favourite Flash alum straight out of the 1990s:
The CW is confirming exclusively to TV Insider that John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen on the original The Flash series in 1990-91 on CBS, will be appearing in the upcoming five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover, which begins this December on The CW.
In addition to playing the OG Flash, Shipp has also played on The Flash both as Henry Allen and Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2.
However, the announcement does not make it clear which of his many dramatis personae Shipp will be portraying. If I were a betting person I would guess Flash of Earth 2, per what we saw in the teaser last year during Elseworlds.
Crisis on Infinite Earths begins on Sunday, December 8th with Supergirl, then Monday, December 9th is Batwoman, The Flash picks up Tuesday, December 10th to leave us on a cliffhanger until Arrow returns in the new year on Tuesday, January 14th. It all ends with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the same night an hour later.
Some Arrowverse Posters Dropped
Over the past week the DCTV CW Universe has released posters for their four shows debuting in the fall season:
Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are notably absent in the poster-flurry. Both shows have shorter, compounded seasons which means viewers can likely expect later air dates than their counterparts in the universe.
Or it means WB is leaving it until this week to drop the posters. By this time next week we’ll know for sure!
Titans Got Graphics Too!
While not every CW DCTV show has its graphic game fully revealed, DC Universe content seems to be sneaking into the game as well. On Instagram @DCUTitans has been released Raven wallpapers in their stories for fans to snap up and use on their devices.
The wallpapers are part of the Titans season 2 marketing campaign, with the show having returned to the streaming service on September 5th.
Geek Podcast Love
Lastly, comic book superstar (and much celebrated in the Major Spoilers podcast feed!), Gail Simone took the Twitter this week asking for geeky/comics podcast recommendations. We saw The Major Spoilers Podcast – and many other shows in our masterfeed – being recommended to her and just wanted to tip our hats in thanks to all the wonderful listeners who have our backs!
@GailSimone Everything in the @MajorSpoilers podcast feed (including @GHLPodcast) is a great start.