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Paris Jackson ‘wants to be a Marvel hero – or a supervillain’, and consider us intrigued

Lily Wakefield January 7, 2022
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Paris Jackson attends amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2021. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Queer musician, model and actor Paris Jackson has declared that she “wants to be a Marvel hero – or a supervillain”.

Speaking to Variety Jackson, who stars in the new Hulu coming-of-age movie Sex Appeal, revealed that she’s a lifelong Marvel fan, and would love to join the MCU some day.

“I want to be a superhero or a supervillain,” she said.

“I grew up reading the comics with my brothers. Every time a new Marvel film comes out, we go as a family to watch it… They haven’t let anyone down since 2009.”

Jackson said her favourite characters were Wolverine, Iron Man and Deadpool because “they do what’s right, but they don’t do it by the book”.

“And they have a snarkiness to them, which I love,” she added.

Jackson is also a fan of the DC universe, explaining: “I don’t think it’s either one or the other. I just think that they’re different.

“I don’t think one is like necessarily better than the other. Marvel is what I grew up on. It’s like comparing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They’re very different.”

Paris Jackson publicly came out as queer in 2020, but has been out in her personal life ‘for years’

Paris Jackson, the 23-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, publicly came out as queer in 2020 but revealed that she has been out to friends and family since she was 14.

Jackson opened up to Willow Smith about her sexuality on Red Table Talk in June last year, explaining that religious members of her family had made coming to terms with being queer “really hard”.

She said: “My family is very religious, and a lot of, like, homosexuality is just very taboo, so they don’t like to talk about it.

“It’s not really accepted… There were moments where it was really hard, and, like, you feel alone. You feel kind of excluded.”

But, she said that her younger brother, who was formerly known as Blanket but now goes by Bigi, had been “super supportive”, and added that she didn’t feel the need to label her sexuality.

“Labels in general, not just for sexuality but for everything, I think, are just ways for humans to make sense of the world, to be able to compartmentalise,” she said. “We’re getting past the need for labels. It’s beautiful.”

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