Shortly after it was revealed that Marvel comics was revealing that the long-running X-Men character Iceman was gay, the actor who played him on-screen, Shawn Ashmore, welcomed the news. Now he’s been talking to IGN, and suggests he’d be very interested to see how they could bring that to the movie version of the character.
He says: “Obviously the comics and movies are separate. I wonder what the transition would be because we’ve sort of established Bobby as having a love interest in Rogue and having a love interest in sort of Kitty Pryde, but I think it’d be really interesting.
“I think it’d probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films. If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc. I’d definitely be open to that, but again, I’m not sure if they want to take the character in that direction. I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it’d be very interesting.”
His twin brother, Aaron, has already played a long-running gay character in the sci-fi show Warehouse 13, so perhaps Shawn feels like he’s missing out. At the moment it’s not even known whether we’ll see Shawn on screen as Iceman again, as while he was in Days Of Future Past, the currently announced movies either go back into the past, such as the 1980s set X-Men: Apocalypse, or explore other characters, such as Deadpool, Gambit and Wolverine.
The movies have long flirted with gay themes metaphorically (such as Ben Foster’s Angel in X-Men 3) without ever actually having a properly queer character, so it would be good if they can bring one into the mutant screen universe somewhere.