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Is An LGBT Superhero Film Far Off?

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Comic book fans had lots to rejoice about yesterday when Marvel Studios announced its upcoming slate of new films. In addition to sequels for the critically and commercially successful Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy films, Marvel is making history with its first film led by a black superhero, Black Panther, and its first anchored by a female, Captain Marvel.

ThorIt’s just the latest move coming out of comic book culture, where publishers have been redefining mainstream heroes as a more diverse bunch. Many of the familiar (straight, white, male) characters — most of which got their start decades ago — are being joined by a growing number of heroes that reflect a richer representation. In addition to the female Captain Marvel, Marvel’s also recently started publishing series focusing on a female Thor, a black Captain America and a wildly successful book based on a Muslim American teenager, Ms. Marvel.

This surge in inclusivity extends to LGBT characters as well. From lesbian crimefighter Batwoman to young mutant Benjamin Deeds, there’s a growing number of queer mainstream characters that could become the next Batman, Wolverine or the Flash, conquering the box office or leading a television series.

“As pop culture goes, it's never been hotter to be a geek,” wrote Jono Jarrett, a founding board member of GeeksOUT, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. “Politically, across the world queer visibility and acceptance are on the rise—or where it's not, it's being challenged like never before.”

With this momentum on and off the page, could it be long before we see an LGBT superhero take the spotlight on the large or small screen?

Learn more about the state of queer characters in comic books today, AFTER THE JUMP

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The Avengers Party And Try To Lift Thor's Hammer In New 'Age Of Ultron' Trailer: VIDEO

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Following Marvel's announcement of nine upcoming films in its superhero franchise, the studio debuted a new trailer last night for the hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As Business Insider notes, this latest reveal from Marvel "shows the Avengers gang together at a party trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, to no avail." The humor on display is trademark Marvel through and through.

Watch as the boys compete to see who can lift Thor's hammer, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed it, check out the original trailer released for the uber superhero sequel HERE.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange In Upcoming Marvel Superhero Film

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It looks like Marvel Studios has found there Sorcerer Supreme in 38-year-old English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Deadline reports:

The news comes after talks with Joaquin Phoenix around the time of Comic-Con went south, and Marvel went back to the drawing board. With names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, this is obviously a coveted role. [...]

Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

A release date for the film hasn't been announced, but you can catch Cumberbatch as gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game out November 14.


Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Set to Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' Is Internet Perfection - WATCH

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By now you're more than likely one of the 40+ million people who has watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that debuted earlier this week. But now you have a reason to watch it again after one fan discovered the trailer syncs up surprisingly well with Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."

From Captain America (Chris Evans) kicking open an entryway while Celine sings "Once more you open the door," to Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) falling down on her knees screaming as Celine belts out "You're here, there's nothing I fear," the mash up is pure internet perfection. 

Check it out below and marvel (get it?) at how well it turned out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Applications', The Tale of a Guy, a Phone, and a Dating App: Part 3

Here's Part 3 of our weekly comic Applications, by Josh Trujillo and Dave Valeza.

Click panes to enlarge. To start from the beginning, click HERE.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Has Finally Arrived: WATCH

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For those of you who somehow missed it, the Avengers: Age of Ultron debut trailer dropped last night, having already racked up over 6 million views on YouTube. 

The superhero blockbuster, which arrives in theaters next May, has Earth's mightiest heroes teaming up once again - this time to face off against the maniacal artificial intelligence known as Ultron (voiced and motion captured by James Spader)

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver).

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