Marvel Comics' first openly gay superhero Northstar is set to walk down the aisle with his longtime boyfriend in a wedding to be unveiled in Astonishing X-Men #51.
In the issue -- hitting newsstands June 20 -- the Canadian hero Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu.
Northstar revealed he was gay in the pages of Alpha Flight No. 106 in 1992, one of Marvel Entertainment's first characters to do so. Then in 2002, gay characters Apollo and Midnighter were married in the pages of The Authority, published by DC's Wildstorm imprint.
The upcoming wedding reflects Marvel's desire to feature same-sex issues in its contemporary universe and follows a surge in publicity of the gay marriage issue, which recently got an official endorsement from President Barack Obama. "The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window. So we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality," said Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief.
Author Marjorie Liu, who is writing Astonishing X-Men, said the wedding will take place in New York City, where gay marriage is legal. But given that Northstar is on the X-Men team, it remains to be seen if the event will be trouble-free. "As for the ceremony ... well, what wedding ever goes off without a hitch?" Liu added..
The news comes on the heels of DC Comics' announcement that one of its major characters will come out of the closet in a June storyline.