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Marvel Just Revealed Their First Ever Drag Queen Superhero—And We Are Living For It 🙌

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Hope you like seafood, comic fans, cuz Marvel is about to serve you up some fish!


There's a new mutant in the Marvel universe's Iceman spin-off. She can teleport, and she holds a whole other dimension inside the handheld folding fan she carries.

Her name is Shade, and she's a drag queen super hero, henny!

The new character comes from openly queer writer Sina Grace. Some first looks recently showed up on Twitter, and fans have been going wild!


Grace himself also shared some early concept sketches of the character.


Iceman is the only Marvel series to feature a queer main character, Bobby Drake, Iceman's alter ego who is an openly gay man. So it's a fitting home for a character like Shade.

Grace was also the writer of a 2017 Iceman series that centered on Iceman wrestling with his identity. Despite wide acclaim from organizations like GLAAD, the series was canceled after 11 issues because of low sales.

But the something very uncommon happened: trade paperback compilations of the original 11 issues far outsold the original run. So Marvel asked Grace back to pick up the story, whereupon she added Shade to the mix.

In an interview with The Advocate, Grace explained that what inspired the fabulous drag hero was a desire to widen the representation of queer identities in comics.

"I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to being both a mutant and a superhero. There's a million different queer perspectives and we're only scratching the surface."

And so far, fans have responded with a resounding, "Yes queen!", flooding Grace's Twitter with elated reviews:











Even a certain very famous drag queen had to weigh in:

The latest issue is on newsstands now. But with the way drag culture keeps mainstreaming and taking over popular culture, perhaps we'll be seeing Shade on more than just paper in the near future. Category is: World Domination Realness!

Times change, and if you don't change with them you're likely to get left behind. That simple piece of wisdom applies to pretty much everything - up to and including the job market. It seems like a lot of older didn't get that memo, though.

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Reddit user u/GeekyKirby wanted to get something for their boyfriend for his birthday, but he said not to get him anything because it is so close to Christmas, so they decided it was time to get creative.

When asked what they bought him, u/GeekyKirby replied:

I pre-ordered him a game [Kingdom Hearts III], and bought him a shirt and a book he wanted :) ...I also filled up his living room floor with balloons...

It seems minor mischief is a common theme in their relationship:

Thank you. :) At this point, I can't really surprise my boyfriend anymore. And I try lol. Like the time I secretly put googly eyes on everything in his fridge...

Oh, and they made him this Pikachu cake. You know, nbd.

Users were impressed by u/GeekyKirby's piping skills. Also, the hate for fondant icing is real!

Nicely done and without fondant! r/FondantHate - Patiod
Today was a bad day on reddit if you genuinely want fondant to not be a thing. Just kidding. But fuck fondant, for real. - mimomusic
We over at r/fondanthate love your buttercream meme! - cherrylpk
This is one of the best things I've ever seen on Reddit! - backfromthedead
You're a very thoughtful and creative girlfriend! <3 - mediaclone
I'd have a hard time eating this, very cute. - FrontierFrance210
A meme!?!?!? On a cake!?!??!?!?!?!Now i've seen everything! - Indetermination

A few were also a bit envious.

This cake looks AWESOME, great job!
Side note: Here's hoping that 2019 will bless me with some manflesh to do nice things like this for too 🤞🏽- black_heart85
Hehe this gave me a good chuckle this morning. Now wish I had a boyfriend so I could do this to them. - MidnightMadness21

Making something for someone is a great way to show them you love them.

The best birthday present I ever got was from a girl who baked me a cake secretly. So thanks for doing that for him, I know I'd feel great about it. - Levitr0n

Others have found inventive ways to use the meme as well:

Stickers:


Sculpture:

Latte Art:

Refrigerator...art...trolling?


Even An Essay:

The fact that Surprised Pikachu is still around in 2019 really speaks to its universal appeal and ease of use. People will surely keep coming up with inventive ways to use the meme.

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Insider recently went behind the scenes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to discuss the show's impressive, but often overlooked, cinematography.

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If there's one thing Christian Bale is known for, aside from a very gravely Batman voice, it's the physical transformations he undergoes for his roles. The actor is known to yo-yo his weight from role to role, in order to better portray his characters.

Now, however, the actor is considering calling it quits on the dangerous transformations. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the actor described his process with playing Dick Cheney in the new film Vice.

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