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Marvel Gives The View Exclusive Announcement On Big Marriage News For Gay Character Northstar! [VIDEO]


Marvel Comics has decided to take their characters in a new direction, one that hasn’t been explored in their pages before. Today, the publisher announced that their character Northstar would be proposing to his long-time boyfriend Kyle in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #50. And ABC’s The View had the exclusive. Hit the jump to watch video of the big reveal! 

Watch as host Whoopi Goldberg gives the news in The View’s “Hot Topic” segment and see how Barbara WaltersJoy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck reacted.

Behar’s lame attempt at a joke aside, I wish the ladies had gotten more time to talk about this momentous move. Northstar, aka Jean-Paul Beaubier, was the first Marvel character to be revealed as gay but not the first in comics altogether. The first is most often credited to Extrano from DC Comics back in the 80s. Coincidentally enough, DC is planning to reveal one of their previously existing male, iconic characters as gay in a story this June. You may also remember Archie Comics getting the jump on this particular issue with the marriage of their gay character Kevin Keller to his significant other last year.

In a press release Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief, said, “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.”

Marjorie Liu is writing the story which officially hits stores tomorrow but that you might be able to find a few comic shops selling early today. Then, in issue #51, the wedding is supposed to take place. But seeing as how this is comics, and the X-Men, you just know there’s going to be a few bumps in the road. “The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds,” said Liu. “This is the quintessential Marvel story, one that blends the modern world with the fantasy of super heroes in order to tell an exciting story that begins with a wedding—and continues in ways you can’t imagine.”

The press release says, “On June 20th, don’t miss the wedding of Northstar and Kyle in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #51! This unforgettable issue features covers by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic, along with a special “Create Your Own Wedding” blank variant cover! Select comic book retailers nationwide will host wedding parties at their stores to celebrate this joyous occasion, with special items exclusively available at participating stores!”

So what are your thoughts on the news? I think the bigger story here is that this was announced on The View. I’m constantly saying the publishers need to reach outside their demographic to reach new readers and this was a huge step in that direction.

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  • http://twitter.com/angle_man Jason

    there’s no video

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carey-Cawthorne/1295384953 Carey Cawthorne

    Yay Northstar! I really loved that character while I was still reading X-Men comics. And yay for Marvel for evolving. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/Travis.K.Fischer Travis Kyle Fischer

    “Exclusive announcement” in this case being something everybody knew months ago. :p

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Try reloading, it’s showing up for me.

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    I thought Northstar died.

    Oh, wait. Marvel. No one stays dead, except Bucky Uncle Ben.

  • Anonymous

    “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.”

    In the top picture, everyone looks white…hmmmmmmmm!

  • http://profiles.google.com/gnomer.denois Jill Oliver

     In the top picture you can only see 4 people. Having not read all the comics, just looking, I wouldn’t assume all 4 were white, as two could possibly be of an Asian ethnicity.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Not to mention 4 characters on one cover aren’t indicative of anything.

  • Anonymous

    Cool story, but it just highlights the fact that, like DC, Marvel has a distinct shortage of prominent LGBT heroes. Pretty much the only one most fans could name is Northstar (although there are a few others), so it’s inevitable that he’s the one to get the marriage storyline. I mean, I’m glad they’re doing it, but I’d like it more if they actually had some more non-straight heroes to begin with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608895031 Emily Fleming

     Armour (the teenaged girl at the end there) is Japanese.

  • http://twitter.com/Riviare Kimberly

    Valid point, but as silly as it is, big companies still feel the need to take baby steps.

    This is still a very good step in the right direction, and I sure hope everyone who feels the same as me goes out and buys a lot of copies of this, to show them that we want more of this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jacy.vergara Jacy Vergara

    Awesome news! But painful to hear coming from them! LOL “Comic strips” “Magazines”… ha!

    Love the wraparound cover, homage to X-Men #30!!

  • Terence Ng

    Three are Caucasian (French Canadian, Canadian, American Creole) and one is Asian (Vietnamese).

  • Terence Ng

    It’s Karma. Armor is no longer on the Astonishing roster.

  • Terence Ng

    At least for Marvel, they do. In the most recent generation of superheroes, we have Wiccan, Hulkling, Karolina Dean, Anole, Graymalkin, Bling!, Julie Powers, Xavin, and Striker, most of which were introduced early in their runs as being LGBT.

    In addition, we have Karma, Northstar, Victoria Hand, Mystique, Destiny, Rictor, Shatterstar, Hercules, Moondragon, Phat, Phylla-Vel, and Vivisector, who are older characters who were introduced or later revealed to identify as LGBT.

    I don’t think the current trend is so much to “turn” established straight characters LGBT, but instead to focus on introducing new characters or previously ambiguous or asexual ones as LGBT.

  • Terence Ng

    Awww, so sad Schism happened. You’d think Emma would SO be there for Jean-Paul’s wedding…

    Still, love the nods to various LGBT characters there and Northstar’s history as a teacher. Anole supporting his favorite teacher and giving Rockslide the look. Graymalkin, Bling and Karma… :) Even Hellion’s there.

    Still, I gotta lol at how artists never know where to put Storm except for flying around in the background. You know, kids, she does like to stand on the ground and walk sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    Joy Behar’s Batman line deserved all the uncomfortable silence it got.  And look how ANGRY she gets about the joke fizzling and getting COMPLETELY IGNORED by the rest of the crew.

  • Anonymous

     Well, I stand corrected! I have to admit I’m not a regular comic reader, and there are several characters there I haven’t heard of. It’s nice to know there are more than I thought.

    That said, if I’m anything to go by, most of those names don’t mean much to casual fans who only see the movies and buy comics now and then. I’d still like to see them out one of their more prominent characters, as DC are apparently planning to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelica.brenner Angelica Brenner

    Very cool – both the marriage and the method of announcing it! (Well, the unusual venue for announcing it, at least. I’m more of an “Ellen” person.)

    Maybe someday Marvel and/or DC will try some more conventional promotion on daytime talk shows. Sending a writer to talk about an upcoming storyline, perhaps? Actors show up to promote action/adventure movies all the time, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch genre-wise.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kitfoxtrot Christopher LaHaise

    Wait.  Hercules?

  • Terence Ng

    Yeah. It was a bit of a one-off, but at his funeral, when various female characters reflect on Herc’s sexual prowess, it’s implied that he also slept with Northstar. So Herc is bi, I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wazzuk3000 Jeff Aidan Moore

    Northstar slept with Hercules!

  • TKS

    It’s the first same-sex marriage within the Marvel universe, but, in a way, it’s not the company’s first gay marriage.The Scarlet Witch’s marriage to The Vision was an allegory for gay marriage.  Leading up to the wedding some characters (Including her brother, Quicksilver) questioned the legitimacy of the marriage, because The Vision is a synthazoid (robot with a human personality.)  In the end, I think it was The Wasp (could be mistaken) who said “love is love.”This was in 1975. Way to catch up, Earth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608895031 Emily Fleming

     *facepalm* Of course it is. I plead lack of sleep and brains, along with a backlog of Astonishing to read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699650737 Lauren Detherage

    Is anyone else annoyed at how Marvel’s publicizing this? If they were doing this to further the story or character they should have just done it and not made a big deal of it. But instead, they did it, and then went to every media outlet they could and said “look how good we are for having a gay marriage!” Yeah no.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    They are a business, why wouldn’t they make a big deal out of it to try and sell books? I think people forget that a lot.

  • Terence Ng

    No worries. They’ve been drawing Karma like a teenager for ages…despite her being introduced as an older adult than her New Mutant peers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGPKSBUXJSIFIGY4NHYRSG27DM Shania

    I saw at least 8 black people. err…7 and a half, really.

  • Frodo Baggins

    For fuck’s sake, Iceman, can’t you just sit in a chair like everyone else?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LXEMOH4ZYPV22M7OQXH5FZGK4E greg

    are there any LGBT villains? 

  • Anonymous

    A few. For example, the X-Men villain Mystique has long been described as bisexual (which makes sense for a shapeshifter). The reason I specifed ‘heroes’ above is that LGBT villains aren’t so good as role models for young readers, and if written badly can end up encouraging prejudice rather than weakening it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401321416 Matt Blankenship

    The only thing Astonishing to me, is it being a notewothy event in 2012.  Marvel and the rest of the industry should have  been on board long ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoxerBlake Blake Cross

    Embarassing

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoxerBlake Blake Cross

    I won’t buy a Marvel comic again.  Or pay to watch a movie.  Download all the way! Good luck on the gay thing.  Very unnecessary.  If you want to appeal to the whiny libs, go nuts.  They aren’t the biggest supporters.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kitfoxtrot Christopher LaHaise

    Ah. Interesting. Unusual, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. Thanks for the information.

  • Lucas Lowman

    and Gwen Stacy, and Ben Reilly