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Spider-Man star says there should be a trans superhero in a Marvel movie

Spider-Man star says there should be a trans superhero in a Marvel movie

Jacob Batalon as Ned in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jacob Batalon won over many hearts this summer as Peter Parker’s best friend Ned in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Now, he’s doing it again.

Recently, he echoed the thoughts of co-star Laura Harrier (Liz) in supporting a trans version of Peter Parker or another superhero.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Batalon was all aboard.

‘I think it’s a very important message that we understand that it’s OK. That [a trans superhero] shouldn’t be a problem,’ he commented at New York Comic-Con.

LGBTQ characters are nothing new to the Marvel universe.

Loki is canonically bisexual in the comics, an identity that actor Tim Hiddleston supports. Even fans got vibes between Loki and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster in the recent Thor: Ragnarok.

There are also several other canonically queer characters in the Marvel comics. However, representation on screen lags behind.

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok is bisexual, but it’s not explicit in the movie. That’s a problem. Representation needs to be clear.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn told the Guardian that several Marvel characters could be queer, but it does no good to fans seeking representation if it’s completely unknown.

So how does Batalon fall down on this? He’ll write it himself.

‘That should be a thing. Personally, I would write a movie about it. Definitely. Definitely. That’s a good thing,’ he ultimately told HuffPost.

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