First Gay Lead In 'X-Men' Finally Kisses Male Character, Makes Marvel History

by Sean Abrams
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He may be the coldest mutant known to man, but Iceman's latest move is heating up the pages of a new "X-Men" issue.

It was just two short years ago that Bobby Drake (the real identity of Iceman) came out as gay in the fictional comic book universe (courtesy of a "younger, time displaced version" of himself).

And now, the acclaimed superhero has finally found himself an equally attractive love interest.

In the star-crossed storyline (reminiscent of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet"), the young Iceman has found himself locking lips with Romeo, a member of the Inhumans — a regular antagonistic group to the X-Men.

As Marvel has planned for the X-Men and Inhumans to go to war in the coming months, Iceman's slow rise to feeling comfortable with his sexuality will surely be shattered once he's forced to go head-to-head with his newfound bae.

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The older, original Iceman will continue to struggle with coming out and become the focus of a new storyline in April.

This marks the very first time Marvel will have a gay man lead in a comic book series, and it's a progressive moment for the LGBTQ+ community, even if it is confined to the pages of a fictional superhero comic.

For those wondering what to make of the on-screen romance already existing between Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) in the "X-Men" movie trilogy, Ashmore has previously expressed interest in reprising the role if it took a turn in the LGBT direction.

"I think it'd probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films," he told IGN.

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Ashmore continued,

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. I'd definitely be open to that, but again, I'm not sure if they want to take the character in that direction. I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it'd be very interesting.

Ashmore hasn't reprised his role since "X-Men: Days of Future Past," where  — SPOILER ALERT  — he got his head crushed in a dystopian wasteland. So fingers crossed they bring him back for a second run.

I mean, for someone meant to be as cold as ice, he's pretty hot AF.

Citations: Iceman finally has his first gay kiss in X-Men – see the glorious full page illustration (Gay Times UK), X-MEN'S SHAWN ASHMORE INTERESTED IN PLAYING ICEMAN AS GAY (IGN)