Marvel announces it’s introducing TWO new transgender superheroes in upcoming Pride-edition comic
Marvel is bringing two new transgender characters to its universe with the upcoming debut of Escapade, aka Shela Sexton, and her crime-fighting partner Morgan Red.
In announcing the new heroes, Marvel said in a statement that the pair’s first adventure will be a “high-flying but intensely personal mission” into the mutant nation of Krakoa in a special Pride comic.
A press release says that the duo “traverse the Marvel Universe as professional thieves, stealing from criminal and corrupt organizations” until an event changes Escapade’s life forever.
The concept was created by transgender writer Charlie Jane Anders, who said marvel website that Escapade is a “cool weirdo” with a “deep loyalty to his friends”.
The artwork was created by the British team Ro Stein and Ted Brandt.
Anders began his transition in 2001.
Escapade, shown here, is not a metaphor for being transgender, according to the creator.
Escapade’s crime-fighting partner, Morgan Red, grew up with our main hero and the writer says the pair supported each other during their transitions.
The artwork was created by British duo Ro Stein and Ted Brandt.
Anders says that she is a big fan of the Marvel Universe and that she sings the Spider-Man theme song in the shower.
Anders says, “I wanted to make it super clear that being a mutant is not a metaphor for being trans, and vice versa.”
In the story, Escapade and Red have been friends since childhood and were there for each other through the transition. Anders says, “I feel like we’re all nothing without our relationships.”
Escapade’s superpower is that she can turn into a person who is close enough to her.
While the literature on the comic’s release does not mention a superpower for Red, he is described as “tech-savvy” with “a utility belt containing an arsenal of stolen tools and gadgets”.
A superpower for Red is not mentioned in Marvel literature surrounding the comic, but Red is described as a technological wizard.
According to the creator: If you are the Mayor of New York and she approaches you, she can become Mayor of New York for a while.
It’s not all fun and games, as Anders says Escapade’s power comes with “potential pitfalls, and there are a lot of ways it can go wrong.”
Anders described the fact that both of his characters are transgender as a key part of the story.
He adds: “It was very important to me to have a whole transmutant community in this comic, not just Shela and Morgan, but others. I wanted it to be very clear that being a mutant is not a metaphor for being trans and vice versa.
The writer believes that her creation has experienced rejection in her life for being transgender.
Anders says: ‘She wants to be there for everyone who has been left behind, and she wants to help people feel like they can belong and be seen and loved. That was something that I really hope everyone who reads this comic, especially trans youth, knows about it.”
The pair’s other companion is a genetically modified tortoise that they saved from a laboratory.
Anders told the Marvel website that she is a devoted fan of the Marvel Universe, adding that she sings the theme song to the original Spider-Man cartoon theme in the shower.
In an interview with speed Of Light Magazine, Anders said that his favorite writers were Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut.
Now, Anders wants his creations to “inspire trans and non-binary people around the world to believe that they, too, can fight justice with the power of creativity and chosen family.”
According to an interview with Hill, Anders said he began his transition from male to female in 2001.
She speaks of that time period as profound, as it was also the year she decided to become a novelist.
Anders has written extensively on trans issues for numerous publications. In 2017, she wrote a short story about a dystopian world imagined for trans people under the presidency of Donald Trump.
Anders’ first novel, “Choir Boy,” was published in 2005.
While Anders’ TedTalk: ‘Go ahead, dream of the future’, was viewed 700,000 times on YouTube within a week of being uploaded, according to its official website.
In 2017, Anders wrote a short story titled “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” about a dystopian future for transgender people under the Trump administration.
anders said Shondaland at the time of Trump’s inauguration: ‘I was really having a hard time sleeping. He was terrified.
Escapade and Red’s debut will premiere on June 22 in the first edition of ‘Marvel’s Voices: Pride’.
The issue will feature eight stories in the Marvel Universe that are a “queer-focused anthology brought together by an incredible lineup of writers and artists from all walks of life.”