“X-Force” Movie In Works; Will It Feature Gay Heroes?

1400100_f260Kick-Ass 2 filmmaker Jeff Wadlow will write the screenplay for X-Men film spinoff (and comic book series since the ’90s) X-Force, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While no release date for the film has yet been set (it will follow 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past), but something to potentially look forward to is the appearance (and casting!) of X team’s founding same-sex loving members, Rictor and Shatterstar.

X-Force was created by Rob Liefeld and released in 1991, and at first, the two men weren’t overtly gay (Shatterstar was actually asexual in the beginning and Rictor dated women before hooking up with Shatterstar), but the two eventually developed an ambiguous relationship together.

Writer Jeph Loeb further developed the romantic subtext between the two, but it wasn’t until 2009 when writer Peter David sealed the pair’s love for one another. This was also when the two moved on to another X comics series and team, X-Factor. Their embrace was the first male-male kiss between two male superheroes in a mainstream Marvel comic, and eventually earned David a GLAAD award for writing on open relationship between these two power hunks.

Considering the original X-Men flick was launched with most of the characters already developed, and in some cases altered, from their introduction/persona in the Marvel comics, there is the chance that we could see romance between Rictor and Shatterstar (or at the very least the ambiguous exchanges).