Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
The world’s first queer superheroes hit the big screen this week in 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2. In the film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by out actress Brianna Hildebrand from First Girl I Loved) is in a relationship with fellow X-Men mutant Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna).
In a first for a wide-release superhero movie, the couple hold hands on screen and Negasonic Teenage Warhead explicitly tells Deadpool that the pair are an item. In another scene, Deadpool tells her that she and Yukio make “a super cute couple.”
Whilst comic books now include LGBT characters, none of them have made it into the film versions. Disney's Marvel comics haven't featured an explicitly LGBT character in any of their 19 film releases. They cut Valkeryie's scene in Thor: Ragnarok which alluded to her bisexuality and ignored the same-sex relationship between Okoye and Ayo in Black Panther.
Shioli Kutsuna (Yukio) and Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer.
"20th Century Fox and Marvel have finally given countless moviegoers around the world what they’ve longed to see - LGBTQ superheroes in a relationship who protect the world together,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis in a press release.
“Negasonic and Yukio’s storyline is a milestone in a genre that too often renders LGBTQ people invisible and should send a message to other studios to follow this example of inclusive and smart storytelling."
Deadpool 2 is out now in the UK and on Thursday in the USA and Australia.