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Deadpool 2 features the first openly LGBTQ+ couple in mainstream superhero movies

Warning: Contains minor spoilers for Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is as irreverent as you might expect, but like the first movie, there’s a lot of heart under its flippant exterior.

The 20th Century Fox movie has also quietly become one of the most diverse and inclusive superhero films we’ve ever seen. The cast includes a mixed-race Domino (played by Zazie Beetz), a delinquent M?ori mutant (Julian Dennison)… and an LGBTQ+ couple.

All eyes were on X-Force member Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), who is gay (or possibly bisexual) in the comics, but it was Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) who is revealed to have a girlfriend – the electricity-powered fellow mutant hero Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna). This isn’t a part of the plot, or even treated as something more noteworthy than anything else going on with the film’s cast. They’re just there.

Admittedly, Yukio is played as a bit of a ‘cute Asian girl’ stereotype who doesn’t do much more than giggle and say hi to Deadpool, but the film still does what no movies in the MCU or DCEU or any other U have had the guts (if this really is a thing that takes ‘guts’) to do.

It’s not like the MCU’s erasing of brief moments vaguely alluding to the queerness of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) or Okoye (Danai Gurira); Yukio is explicitly identified as NTW’s girlfriend. And then the plot moves on because it’s no big deal – or wouldn’t be if more mainstream movies embraced diversity.

Even Deadpool and Colossus’ kind-of-flirtation, which is treated more as a joke, is pretty progressive in terms of what other studios are doing. Can you imagine Disney

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