June is Pride Month, and the comic book world is celebrating all month long. Among Marvel Comics’ current titles, there are several books featuring prominent LGBTQ+ characters. From Hulkling & Wiccan to Marvel’s second annual Pride anthology, the Marvel universe continues to fill its rosters with well-rounded inclusion.
We all know the big names like Wiccan and Hulkling, Marvel’s reigning intergalactic power couple. But do you know the rest of the publisher’s range of queer heroes? Meet some of these diverse Marvel super heroes below!
Former Alias: Miss America
Powers: Star Portal Creation, Interdimensional Travel, Invulnerability
Affiliations: Billy Kaplan, Tommy Shepherd, Kate Bishop, Noh-Varr, David Alleyne, Hulkling
Major Enemies: Exterminatrix, Executioner, Mother, Tiboro
Fan Fact: America belonged to the Young Avengers, a superhero team composed almost entirely of queer teen heroes.
Alias: Wade Wilson
Powers: Healing Factor, Immortality, Superhuman Endurance
Affiliations: Spider-Man, Cable, Death
Major Enemies: Thanos, Juggernaut, Taskmaster, Comic Writers
Fan Fact: Gambit once paid Deadpool not to fight him, because Remy did not think he could survive a real battle with Wade.
Alias: Kid Loki, Ikol
Powers: Sorcery and Enchantment
Sexuality/Gender Identity: Pansexual and Genderfluid
Affiliations: Thor, Scarlet Witch
Major Enemies: Odin, Mephisto
Fan Fact: Loki has for the most part been considered a Marvel villain, but still assisted heroes over the years. His new form “Ikol” is more of an antihero than an antagonist.
Powers: Hand to Hand Combat, Weaponry
Affiliations: Black Panther, Dora Milaje, Midnight Angels
Major Enemies: The People
Fan Fact: Ayo rescued her lover Aneka from a death sentence handed down by Wakanda’s leaders.
Alias: Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock (formerly Psylocke)
Powers: Telepathy, Psionic Knives and Blasts, Astral Projection
Affiliations: Excalibur, X-Men, Captain Britain Corps, Rachel Summers, Angel
Major Enemies: Merlyn, Matsu’o Tsurayaba, Adversary, Shadow King
Fan Fact: Though she shared a traumatic mind-swapping past with Kwannon, the two women have since found a way to reconcile while living on Krakoa.
Alias: Robert “Bobby” Drake
Powers: Thermokinesis, Cryokinesis, Hydrokinesis
Affiliations: Jean Grey, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Daken
Major Enemies: Juggernaut, Mystique, Emma Frost
Fan Fact: Bobby has been involved with Christian Frost, Emma Frost’s brother.
Alias: The Hunter Queen
Gender Identity/Sexuality: Trans Woman and Woman-loving woman
Affiliations: Angela (pictured above), Yondu, Leah
Major Enemies: Hela, The Hierophants, The Faustian Queen
Fan Fact: In order to free Sera from the Realm of the Dead, Angela challenged Hela. After defeating Hela, Angela became the new Queen of Hel and Sera stayed with her as royal consort.
Alias: Raven Darkholme
Powers: Metamorphosis, Accelerated Healing
Affiliations: Irene Adler (Destiny), Rogue, Wolverine, Nightcrawler,
Major Enemies: Professor X and Magneto
Fan Fact: Mystique aided the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as well as the X-Men. Throughout her life she sided with whoever she thought was doing the most for mutantkind — and whoever would keep her alive.
Alias: General Xavin
Powers: Shapeshifting, Cosmic Element Manipulation
Gender Identity: Nonbinary and Genderfluid
Affiliations: The Runaways, Skrulls
Major Enemies: Commander Chrell, Iron Man
Fan Fact: Xavin was bethrothed to Karolina Dean at birth. Despite loving Karolina deeply, they abandoned Earth in order to protect their beloved.
Former Alias: Sister Grimm
Powers: Limited magical ability / use of the Staff of One
Affiliations: The Runaways
Major Enemies: The Pride
Fan Fact: While stuck in the early twentieth century, Nico is trained (harshly) in the ways of witchcraft by her great-grandmother, the Witchbreaker.