X-Men star Shawn Ashmore wants to play Iceman as a gay character.
Despite previous iterations of the character having love interest in both Rogue and Kitty Pryde, the actor says he believes playing Iceman as gay would provide a positive message to LGBTI people.
In April, the ice-wielding mutant was outed as gay in an issue of the All New X-Men comics by psychic Jean Grey.
‘I’m always interested in X-Men, it’s always been such a huge part of my career and life to be honest,’ he told Bang Showbiz.
‘What I think is interesting is that the X-Men have always been about diversity, it’s the key message of the film. For the X-Men, what makes us different is what makes us great, so if Iceman or Bobby came out in a film I think it would stay very much on point and on message about what films are about.’
He added that, as the films did establish relationships with women, it ‘would have to be handled well to have that shift in his sexuality work for viewers. I think it could be really interesting’.
Former Marvel president Stan Lee was first informed of Iceman’s sexuality in November 2015.
He said: ‘I don’t care what happens as long as they tell good stories. And they do.’