Marvel's Hercules Comic, A Little More LGBTQI Than You May Have Been Led To Think

When Marvel launched the comic book Hercules, Marvel was initially applauded for publishing a comic with a lead bisexual character.

The problem was that the creators, editor and publisher had forgotten that a previous comic had suggested that Hercules was bisexual, with Northstar as one of his previous lovers.

And Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso came straight out with it saying that he wasn't bisexual. Even though later he would be uncomfortable with saying that Angela was bisexual, because of "labels".

There were articles. Lots of articles.

Well, while the Hercules situation isn't changing regarding his own sexuality, it does now have a major cast member who is trans/gender fluid/intersex, however you might like to define their state of being.

Because while Marvel aren't as happy at representing Hercules' mythical history as a bisexual god, they are less concerned it seems about Tiresius. Classically the blind prophet of Apollo, Tiresius was a man who transformed by the gods into a woman for seven years, and lived with that experience.

And here Tiresius is still around, an immortal seer, albeit it one who seems to have transfixed on punk-era London. From Hercules #2.

Hercules (2015-) 002-016 And we may even get a glimpse at problems with the state of magic in the Marvel Universe right now.

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Of course, there is trouble and Tiresius sees it coming. Which means a little in the Basil Exposition manner in Hercules #3, including the reason Hercules uses male pronouns to describe Tiresius.

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But that may not be an issue. Again, there are a lack of labels. Some may also have issues regarding the character's appearance and immediate hospitalisation.

But for those that have dismissed the comic for abandoning one aspect, they may be missing out on a representation of another.

If nothing else, I thought it deserved… an article.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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