The news comes just days after DC Comics announced it was going to turn a major character gay as part of its continued reboot of its range. Now Marvel it seems is to go one better by having a same-sex marriage. The company announced the news on ABC‘s daytime magazine programme The View.
The marriage will take place in next month’s Astonishing X-Men #51. The issue will detail the marriage between Northstar and long-term boyfriend Kyle Jinadu. The gay wedding storyline will start in issue 50 of the comic series which will be released on sale later this week. The wedding issue will then go on sale in June.
“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality. We’ve been working on this story for over a year to ensure Northstar and Kyle’s wedding reflects Marvel’s ‘world outside your window’ tradition.” – Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief
Northstar became the first openly gay superhero in the 1990s though he had been first introduced in the late 1970s. Since then other comic book characters have also been revealed to be gay, bisexual or lesbian – such as Constantine.