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Forget Thor! These cosplaying superheroes are bringing down real love and thunder

 

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Everyone’s talking about Thor, his bare butt, and the gay parts of his latest film. But forget about him! Instead, take a gander at the cosplaying, superheroic hunks of @trappedheroes, the thirst-trapping Instagram account filled with musclemen in skin-tight spandex outfits.

While the account simply reposts shots of hunky cosplayers showing off their finest spandex, it’s a good reminder of the many reasons that gay guys love superheroes — the muscles and flashy outfits are just part of it.

Numerous academics have said that comic book superheroes are a modern form of mythical storytelling. They allow us to imagine ourselves as humans who embody our best virtues. Contemporary superheroes, which often are often portrayed as having emotionally complex backstories, allow us to explore our darker psychological aspects as well as the contradictions of using power to heal a corrupt world.

But apart from the egghead academic theories, superheroes are just hot. Not only do they have hyper-masculine and athletic bodies, but the outfits are also meant to be theatrically eye-catching and to show off the heroes’ eye-popping physiques. For those of us with lycra fetishes, they’re a dream come true.

Then, when you consider that most of these heroes fight equally hunky villains, and are sometimes knocked out, tied up, and taken advantage of, their exploits can sometimes play into other fantasies too.

It makes sense that gay men would lust after gay superheroes and cosplayers, especially considering how rarely mainstream movies and TV depict gay male superheroes cruising and hooking up. A bit of sexy cosplay lets gay men fantasize about explicitly queer superhero fantasies while we wait for the entertainment world to catch up with our imaginations.

 

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