Deadpool is a superhero known for breaking walls, specifically the fourth one, but in the upcoming sequel to his first big screen foray, the merc with a mouth is helping break down other barriers. While notedly pansexual, Deadpool isn’t the key figure in this particular piece of forward-thinking superheroic representation: It’s two of his teammates.
SPOILER WARNING: Beyond this point are character details for Deadpool 2. Don’t read ahead if you want to be surprised!
Over the course of Deadpool 2, we see Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) in a relationship with her new teammate and fellow super-mutant, Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna). And it’s not an implication, but an out-and-proud declaration.
They clearly say that they’re girlfriends, which is a groundbreaking moment of queer representation in a mainstream superhero movie. This has led GLAAD’s president to pen a statement applauding the film’s relationship and unequivocal visibility.
Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO and president of the advocacy organization, said that “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. 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.”
After a string of Marvel and DC films that featured characters whose comics define their sexuality as bisexual or gay (including Wonder Woman, Valkyrie, and Black Panther’s Ayo and Aneka), but did not include that sexuality in their on-screen personalities, Deadpool 2 represents a case of comic diversity hitting the big screen with equal force.
Yukio, who also appeared in The Wolverine (as played by Rila Fukushima), has never been explicitly confirmed as being a lesbian in the comics, but her influence on turning Storm into a mohawk-sporting punk is one of the relationships most celebrated by the queer comic community. Now, there's even more reason to celebrate.
Deadpool 2 opens wide May 18.