X-Men founding member Iceman, aka Bobby Drake, will soon be the star of his own Marvel comic series, the company announced last week.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 17, 2016
Iceman was outed in “All-New X-Men #40” when mind reader Jean Grey confronted him about his sexuality.
It is still unclear whether or not Iceman’s sexual identity will be further explored in “ResurrXion,” as details surrounding the series are still unknown. Although his orientation was a relatively recent revelation, his status as one of the original X-Men and his many appearances throughout television and film make Iceman one of the most famous LGBTQ superheroes today.
Iceman’s creator Stan Lee responded to the character’s coming out last year, saying, “I don’t care what happens as long as they tell good stories.”
And Shawn Ashmore, who plays Iceman in the film adaptations of the X-Men, has said that he’s definitely be open to playing a gay Iceman:
“Obviously the comics and movies are separate. I wonder what the transition would be because we’ve sort of established Bobby as having a love interest in Rogue and having a love interest in sort of Kitty Pryde, but I think it’d be really interesting,” Ashmore said. “I think it’d probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films. If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc. I’d definitely be open to that, but again, I’m not sure if they want to take the character in that direction. I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it’d be very interesting.”
Now, with his own series, the chances of seeing Ashmore do just that got even better, as Iceman takes a stepped-up role in the Marvel universe.