Deadpool 2 will have a bisexual, polyamorous superhero
Deadpool 2 will feature a bisexual and polyamorous superhero, it has been revealed.
Shatterstar, who has appeared in Marvel comics since 1991, will star alongside Ryan Reynolds’ pansexual Deadpool in the as-yet-untitled sequel to the 2016 smash hit.
His kiss in 2009 with gay superhero Rictor was the first same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel comic.
Speculation over his potential role in the film was sparked after a trailer appeared to show him behind Reynolds and Terry Crews’ characters.
And Stefan Kapičić, who plays Colossus, has confirmed that both Crews and Shatterstar will be in the sequel, according to Inverse.
“That’s not CGI of Terry Crews, that is Terry Crews. You can see it clearly,” he said. “You can see behind him, Shatterstar, a really cool thing for people to geek out.”
In the comics, Shatterstar was initially presented as asexual, before his character was changed to be bi and polyamorous.
The superhero is a time-travelling mutant human from the future, who comes from the alien planet Mojoworld.
He has accelerated healing and the ability to create shockwaves and teleportation portals with his two swords.
You can see him in the sequel on May 18 2018.
You can already see multiple LGBT superheroes on TV, as the medium starts to catch up to comic books.
Black Lightning, on Netflix and The CW, has Anissa Pierce, a black lesbian medical student, teacher and – as it turns out – superhero by the name of Thunder.
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Marvel’s Runaways also has a lesbian superhero, in the shape of Karolina Dean, a main character who slowly realises her sexuality while also figuring out her powers.
However, Marvel has also moved to quash speculation that two warriors in the upcoming film Black Panther will be in a lesbian relationship, sparking outrage and accusations of erasure.
Last year, Thor: Ragnarok included Valkyrie, a bisexual superhero and woman of colour – though fans were ultimately disappointed with the fact that her sexuality wasn’t made clear on screen.
Watch the full trailer for Deadpool 2 here: