Now that ‘X-Men’ character Iceman has come out, Shawn Ashmore wants to play him again.
Shawn Ashmore, the actor who portrayed Iceman in the X Men film series, wants to return to the franchise now that the character has come out of the closet.
In fact, he thinks Bobby Drake’s recent coming out story is the best possible thing that could’ve happened to the character:
“Obviously the comics and movies are separate. I wonder what the transition would be because we’ve sort of established Bobby as having a love interest in Rogue and having a love interest in sort of Kitty Pryde, but I think it’d be really interesting.”
“I think it’d probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films.”
“If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc.”
Of course, he’s skeptical that Hollywood producers would dare make such a bold decision.
“I’d definitely be open to that, but again, I’m not sure if they want to take the character in that direction,” he said. “I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it’d be very interesting.”
Back in April, GayRVA’s Tyler Hammel wrote about Iceman’s coming out, and how the longtime hero came out to his fellow X-Men in a new run of the series:
In the pages of the issue Jean Grey of the X-Men reads Drake’s mind and confronts him about his objectification of their female teacher, taking him aside and saying “Bobby…you’re gay.”
Drake initially denies the claim before ceding that he may be bisexual, and eventually agreeing with Grey that he is “full gay”
Drake addresses the comment and his confusion asking, “How can my older self not be [gay] but I am?” and then continuing, “Because maybe he couldn’t handle being a mutant and gay in a society that has issues with both? And one is easier to ‘put away’ than the other?”
Drake has dated female characters in the past, most recently fellow X-Man Kitty Pryde, however there had long been a popular theory that the character was gay.
The X-Men have famously been a pro-gay comic, featuring one of the first openly gay character from a major publisher, Northstar, in 1992.
The X-Men’s struggle for acceptance as mutants is also famously a metaphor for the struggles of the LGBTQ community, as well as other discriminated groups.
Bryan Singer, who directed several of the X-Men films even included a scene of Bobby Drake “coming out” as a mutant in X2, paralleling what many LGBTQ’s experience coming out.
It remains to be seen what effect the outing of a teenage version of the character has on the older version, but it presents a potentially problematic stance if Marvel decides to keep him “straight.”
With current writer Brian Michael Bendis departing soon as Marvel’s mega event, Secret Wars launches in May, it may be a while until we get an answer.
The X-Men’s struggle for acceptance as mutants is also famously a metaphor for the struggles of the LGBTQ community as well as other discriminated groups.April 21, 2015
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