Marvel Comics Unveils New Transgender Superhero in LGBT Series

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Marvel Comics Unveils New Transgender Superhero in LGBT Series

By Movieguide® Staff

Marvel Comics recently introduced a new character, Escapade, a transgender mutant hero named Shela Sexton.

While Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe included LGBT characters in past movies, Escapade will become the first official comic book hero that is transgender.

According to Screen Geek, Marvel plans to roll out the new character in an upcoming comic book called “Marvel Voices: Pride #1,” and a fresh installation of the “New Mutants” series later in Fall 2022.

ComicBook reported: “Also known as Shela Sexton, Escapade has the ability to instantaneously switch physical locations with another person, or trade any specific physical or abstract attribute such as possessions, organizational status, skills, superhuman powers, and even situations.”

The introduction of Escapade and other LGBT characters in “Marvel Voices” secures future LGBT characters in future Disney MCU blockbusters.

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The most recent example was the comic book character America Chavez, who appeared in the recent DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. In the movie, Chavez has two mothers and wears a pride pin throughout the movie.

A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:

MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS has some fun plot twists, battles and lighthearted, touching moments. It also has a positive moral, redemptive premise. For example, the movie’s hero, Doctor Strange, is trying to protect the teenage girl and stop the evil, selfish villain. There’s also a redemptive finish promoting repentance and extolling the love children have for their mother. However, MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS has a mixed pagan worldview with false religion and evil occult content. It also contains some obscenities, one GD profanity, scary moments, and brief, minor politically correct references to homosexuality.

In creating new characters that promote LGBT ideals, Marvel is missing the mark and catering to a very small minority.

In the past, Marvel comics focused on morally uplifting content that catered to as broad of an audience as possible.

The comics also featured explicit Christian heroes like Nightcrawler. Movieguide® previously reported:

While modern depictions of the team of mutant superheroes have become increasingly violent, such as LOGAN (2017), an episode from X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES about the character named Nightcrawler did not shy away from a personal exploration of faith.

The 1995 episode, found in Season 4, Episode 1, depicts Nightcrawler as a monk.

The episode’s writer, Len Uhley, offered more than simply a church-set piece for the superheroes to fight in and around.

“Don’t tell me about God,” Wolverine angrily remarks in the episode. “What kind of God would let man do this to me?”

“Our ability to understand God’s purpose is limited,” Nightcrawler responds. “But we take comfort in the fact that His love is limitless.”

Moreover, when the monastery is destroyed, Nightcrawler notes that faith is not a building but is found in someone’s heart.

“But it was only stone and mortar, the foundation God has built in our hearts can never be destroyed,” he says.

Nightcrawler then gives Wolverine a Bible and tells him that he underlined specific verses for the hardened superhero to look at later. The episode ends with Wolverine kneeling before God and praying in a church.