Superhero Buzz: 'Deadpool 2' Adds More Comic Characters; 'Power Rangers' Features a Gay Superhero

Superhero Buzz: 'Deadpool 2' Adds More Comic Characters; 'Power Rangers' Features a Gay Superhero

Mar 20, 2017

Today's superhero news involves Marvel, DC and Saban characters and some minor controversy. Here's the latest:

 

Deadpool 2

So far we know that the "Merc with a Mouth" will be joined by Cable and Domino in his sequel, with the latter being played by Zazie Beetz (we should have Cable casting news very soon), as well as the returning Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). But there will also be other canon Marvel characters from the X-Men universe we haven't seen or heard about. Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese offer this vague tease to Latino Review:

Yeah, Cable and Domino grabbed the headlines on Deadpool. But there are definitely some more obscure characters that people know or that real diehards know that will be in there just by virtue of we need a new villain, and we need some new good guys to compliment [Deadpool], but it is growing. Of course, it will be all about the lunacy that is Deadpool himself.

Could Deadpool 2 be introducing more X-Force characters in the lead up to that titular team's own movie? "Obscure" doesn't really mean popular characters. This sounds more like fan-service filler, though Negasonic Teenage Warhead was fairly obscure before the first Deadpool, which turned her into a star. As for the villain tease, they might as well complete the New Mutants #98 trifecta and introduce Gideon to the big screen. 

 

Power Rangers 

Following the "exclusively gay moment" of Beauty and the Beast over the weekend, this Friday we get another LGBT character in a major blockbuster release with Power Rangers. Apparently there's some hint that Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) is having girlfriend problems. But it's not definite that she identifies completely as a lesbian. At least not yet. Director Dean Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter

For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.

Also featured: a superhero on the autism spectrum, too. This still sounds pretty groundbreaking for the genre. See how the character's sexuality is addressed for yourself in theaters starting March 24.

 

Wonder Woman

Hopefully the LGBT element won't prove too controversial for Power Rangers, but these days you never know what people are going to complain about. Case in point, fans are arguing now about whether or not Wonder Woman should have armpit hair. It's not so much a feminist issue, as you might think, so much as a question of logic. Given the superhero is from an isolated island made up of women not bothered by society, Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, wouldn't be shaving. Head over to Cinema Blend to see some of the social media debate and vote in their poll with your own thoughts.

 

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