New series ‘Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond’ fuels speculation over whether MJ and Felicia Hardy are now members of the LGBTQ+ community


Over the past few years, Marvel and DC Comics seem to have developed an obsession with making their B and C-Tier characters members of the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Bleeding Cool broke the story that Felicia Hardy, the Marvel Universe’s Black Cat, had been rewritten as one of the aforementioned characters.

Source: Black Cat #7, Marvel Comics

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The reveal in Black Cat #7 made no sense, as Felicia Hardy has always been portrayed as in love with Spider-Man, making this rewrite of the character feel more like a virtue signaling Pride Month, which was happening. at the time this particular problem was published.

Source: Black Cat #7, Marvel Comics

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Now, Marvel has announced a new ongoing series Mary Jane and Black Cat by the writer who wrote the issue where Black Cat is seen kissing another woman, Jed MacKay. This announcement fueled speculation that Mary Jane and Felicia were in a lesbian relationship.

Marvel has made its position on Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship known since the One More Day storyline, where Peter Parker made a deal with Marvel’s literal evil character, Mephisto, to erase his marriage and relationship with MJ in exchange for the keeping her elderly aunt alive. a brief period.

Source: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #545 “One More Day, Part Four” (2007), Marvel Comics. Lyrics by Joe Quesada and J. Michael Straczynski, illustrations by Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, Richard Isanove and Dean White.

The story made little sense, with Mephisto manifesting reality-rewriting powers he had never shown before. It was so absurd that writer J. Michael Straczynski even threatened to remove his name from the editorially mandated story.

With Marvel’s disdain for allowing Peter to have a healthy, stable, heterosexual relationship, they’ve steered the character of Mary Jane away from her fickle acting roots into a completely unrecognizable character who, in recent years, is now as much of a action star as Spider-Man.

As established in 2019’s Amazing Mary Jane, MJ went from her soap opera acting roots to playing a female lead in a Spider-Man movie. She also gallivanted with Black Cat in her own Black Cat costume in Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond, a Marvel one-shot last year.

Source: Mary Jane and Black Cat Beyond, Marvel Comics

Marvel and DC superhero fans are bracing for all characters to be named LGBTQ+ at this point, with Superman (Jon Kent) coming out as bisexual in Tom Taylor’s recent run, with Robin revealed as the same in the Batman line, despite still having a stable love interest for Stephanie Brown and other female DC characters.

Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, was also revealed as “queer,” which iconic Green Lantern artist Ethan Van Sciver called nonsense. He said on a YouTube live stream: “Hal Jordan has always been straight, a ladies man. And he’s an alpha male test pilot.

Source: Green Lantern: Rebirth v1 Issue 1 (2004), DC Comics. Lyrics by Geoff Johns, illustrations by Ethan Van Sciver.

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When announcing the Mary Jane & Black Cat series, Shotgun Samurai creator Dachul Okamoto made a bold prediction, tweeting, “Call it out: Mary Jane & Black Cat are going to be gay one for one. ‘other.”

Source: @Donkey_Madness, Twitter

With Marvel’s recent treatment of Black Cat being bisexual, it’s no exaggeration how a comic where Spider-Man’s love interests were turned into star heroines could be described as LGBTQ+ to pander to demographics. awake.

It seems Marvel and DC won’t end up making their characters gay to get attention for their books, but readers are growing tired of both companies’ gimmicks.

Source: Mary Jane & Black Cat Beyond Vol. 1 (2002), Marvel Comics. Words by Jed MacKay. Art by Carlos Villa

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