Just one day after the announcement made by DC Comics that one of their major characters would be coming out of the closet next month, Marvel Comics has upped the ante and announced that their first openly gay character, Northstar, will finally tie the knot with his longtime boyfriend.
Marvel said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar) will marry his boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu, in “Astonishing X-Men” No. 51, which is due out on June 20.
The New York based comic giant made headlines back in 1992, when they first revealed that the superhero was gay, and Northstar became the first openly gay comic character. Now, twenty years later, they will make headlines again with the first comic book same-sex marriage.
“When gay marriage became legal in New York State, it raised obvious questions since most of our heroes reside in New York State. Northstar is the first openly gay character in comics and he’s been in a longterm relationship with his partner Kyle so the big question was – how would this change his relationship?,” says Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso in a report by Rolling Stone. “Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world. We’ve been doing that for decades, and this is just the latest expression of that.”
Northstar, an X-Man, has found himself often fighting against bigotry, since he is a mutant and mutants are the most feared of the minority groups in the Marvel Universe. Rolling Stone reports that Astonishing X-Men writer Marjorie Liu thought of the relationship between the two men as a way to write an inspiring story about characters who feel like outsiders even among outsiders. “Here are two people, trying to live their lives – mutant and gay, black and gay – empowered in their own ways, but also fringe-dwellers,” says Liu in the Rolling Stone report. “And they’re making it happen. They’re living life on their own terms. It doesn’t matter that it’s a superhero comic, the message is: You can do the same thing.”
“As a writer — and a romance novelist, no less — I’ve always found it a bit odd when characters in comic books remain in relationship limbo for years at a time,” Liu said as reported by Business Week. “Certainly, that happens in real life — some relationships just never grow — but the wonderful thing about stories is that they tend to move readers and characters forward,” Liu said, adding that Northstar pops the question in issue No. 50, which is due out on Wednesday.
“And, in this case, it was time to do the same to Northstar and Kyle, who have one of those rare comic book romances that actually works.”
You can find out the details of DC Comic’s announcement that a major character would reintroduced as gay HERE.