The secret is out. After much fan speculation over the years, the latest mind-crippling X-Men storyline has finally confirmed what Family Guy viewers knew years ago: Iceman is gay.
Brian Michael Bendis’ current time-warping story of utter confusion (there’s a reason I switched to Ultimate Marvel over a decade ago) sees the young X-Men brought into the present day to see what an utter balls-up the world has become. They then elect to remain here until either they help their future selves make things right, or another writer takes over. But in the meantime, the young Marvel Girl confronts Iceman over his unwanted comments about female team members by telling him that she knows that, you know, he’s actually gay.
Young Bobby then confirms this, then confusingly states that Older Bobby isn’t gay. I’m not really sure how to handle what happens next, as the character seems to surmise that his future self somehow chose to not be gay and a mutant at the same time.
Bendis has since had this to say: “There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality. The X-Men, with the conceit of time travel, give us a fascinating platform in which to examine such personal journeys. This is just the first little chapter of a much larger story that will be told.”
I have the utmost respect for Bendis as a storyteller, having read many of the stories he crafted for Marvel over the last 15 years, so it’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Is Iceman bisexual, or has he been so far in the closet since the 1960s that he should’ve found Narnia by now? Time will tell, and a little extra diversity in comics is never a bad thing.