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Marvel Puts Iceman Back In The Closet

The final issue of the X-Men Extermination series puts Iceman back in the closet…
The X-Men are basically a long-running soap opera that gets complicated and very often doesn’t make sense no matter what universe or time stream they’re in. What you can always count on is that when new writers come on a title or when upper management decides on a new editorial change, some readers are going to get very mad because the decision just doesn’t make any sense, especially if you’re a fan of a young time-displaced mutant named Bobby Drake aka Iceman.
In 2015, in the 40th issue of All-New X-Men, the time-displaced Bobby Drake was outed by Jean Grey who discovered this via her telepathic powers. This was important because the older version of Iceman had always been written as straight. After the reveal, Iceman became the first gay lead to headline a Marvel comic book and got rave reviews from the LGBTQ2 community. (Yes, Northstar but he was never a core member of the X-Men.)
However, according to the Gay Times, with the final issue of the X-Men Extermination series, which is a fix-it for the time-displacement, writers Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz have put Iceman back in the closet.
The plot has the younger X-Men going back to their time, erasing all their memories. That means that they have to go back to who they were and go through what the older team did: Jean Grey will become the Phoenix, Beast will become blue and furry, Cyclops will kill Professor X and Iceman will go back in the closet.
Fans are naturally upset and outraged, seeing this as blatant disregard for the readers and Iceman’s character development. Considering this is a series that has time travel, multiple universes, zombies, psychic claws, etc., we’re not sure why Iceman has to go back into the closet.

  • Robbie March 18, 2019

    As a bisexual man, I never agreed with turning Drake gay. It felt phony and like reverse conversion therapy to a character that’s been straight for decades. In the case of Colossus in the Ultimate comics, it made sense since it was an alternate reality that was free to do whatever the writers wanted. I figured that they’d pull some kind of time warp wibbly wobbly trick to fix it, but it feels like a band-aid like when Magneto went crazy murdering people in awful, Hitler-esque ways, only to be revealed that it was “someone else” all along — never mind the behind the scenes drama where the authors and editors were scrambling to patch up the massive waves of hatred they were receiving from that narrative decision.

    • Ben Borndahl September 14, 2020

      Emma outed him in the 90’s during Bryan Hitch’s run. (Uncanny X-Men 314). Bobby was an example of any gay guy that forced himself into the vloset due to societial pressure. He was written that way with various hints for YEARS. He rarely dated girls and if he did it was brief and very one dimensional and superficial. Example Opal. He even took Rogue to his parents as a beard once (again under Bryan Hitch’s run).

  • Caca June 4, 2019

    Thank God he aint gay i dont support

    • John July 8, 2019

      It 3ws stupid to begin 2oth blatant senatuonalism .. screwed up a good character amd tried to force the nonsense down your throat for social amd political and phony sales boost . They couldn’t just create a new character nooo they had to do something stupid to further an agenda. They weren’t smart or clever …The real origiinal Bobby Drake was never gay. Got nothing against people who are or characters who from rhr beginning , but changing long time characters for revisionist history is stupid . They just wanted to use a popular well know character to make a stamemet and being more acceptable . Lets make wolverine gay too . Nonsense ..

  • J September 30, 2019

    Clearly the writer here isn’t into reading the source material. The current timeline Bobby has revealed his homosexuality, nullifying any notion of Marvel attempting to disregard the character development that occurred. Story wise the time displaced team had to go back and memories had to be cleansed in order to avoid altering the current timeline.

  • Ryan April 20, 2020

    So many things wrong with this article. Firstly, Northstar HAS been a regular member of the X-Men. Like, MULTIPLE times. Over the last 16-17 YEARS or so. Secondly, Iceman did NOT end up going back into the closet. Yes, his YOUNGER self went back to his own time with his memory wiped, but the OLDER, modern one had his own revelation (in large part THANKS to his younger self and young Jean) and came to terms with it. So yeah. Fact-checking at multiple levels.

  • Why so much hate? June 7, 2020

    Yikes… lots of homophobic comments on here. But then again its the internet… what else is new lol. I’d make a jab back…. but ya know… I’m not full of hate and dissatisfaction with life.


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