Iceman & Pyro Mix Fire And Ice In New “X-Men: Gold” Comic Book

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Growing up, I was truly a super-hero comic book fanatic. They were my escape.

Little did I know the allegories being taught and the messages being sent by heroic figures in those pages and pages of fantasy.

Fast forward to today, where a member of the X-Men, Bobby Drake (“Iceman”) is now openly gay and in a new issue, has a one-night stand with fire-powered super-mutant Simon Lasker, also known as “Pyro.”

I guess opposites really do attract.

In X-Men: Gold #32, Pyro is revealed exiting the bathroom announcing that the shower is free before adding, “Or, I could go back in if you want company.”

Drake hems and haws as he tries to tell Pyro, “I thought we agreed last night was a onetime thing.”

Pyro offers a cheeky, “Actually, if I’m counting right, last night was a three-time thing…”

Unfortunately, the super-heroes are then interrupted by a noise.

Iceman formally came out in 2015, during a time-travel episode that took him to the future to meet his older self.

In that story line, its the newly-out younger Bobby Drake that addresses the issue with his future, still-closeted self.

I know, I know, that time travel thing gets complicated.

In any case, here’s hoping Iceman works things out for something more permanent with Pryo.

Time will tell.

Issue No. 32 of X-Men: Gold hits stands July 18.

Like other comic book fans, several Twitter users were shook by the development:

Hugh Jackman’s LOGAN Is A Beast At Box Office – $85.3 Million

Logan, touted as the final Hugh Jackman/”Wolervine” movie was a beast at the box office this weekend raking in an estimated $85.3 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, setting the record for the biggest-ever R-rated opening weekend at the box office in March.

The previous record-holder, 300, opened at $70.8 million back in 2007.

Scoring a super-heroic 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences and critics gushed over the seriousness and long-awaited violence that suited the comic character.

Synopsis: Set in the future of 2024, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men when a corporation lead by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world leaving it to destruction, with Logan’s healing abilities slowly fading away and Xavier’s Alzheimer’s forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.

New Trailer: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Excuse me while I geek out a bit.

Squee!!!

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Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

In Theaters – May 27, 2016


First Trailer For “X-Men: Apocalypse”

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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Opens May 27, 2016.

X-Men’s Movie “Iceman” Congratulates Comic Book “Iceman” On Coming Out

Shawn Ashmore, the actor who plays the X-Men’s “Iceman” in the film series, tweeted his congrats to his comic book counterpart on being openly gay:

X-Men’s Iceman Comes Out As “Full-Gay”

Leaked pages from All-New X-Men #40 before its official release on Wednesday show a new storyline development when Jean Grey outs a young Bobby Drake:

The comic series centers around the five young original X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey) who time travel to the present day and fight alongside new members of the team.

In the leaked pages, Iceman, who fans have long-speculated to be gay, is outed by pyshic Jean Grey.

The redhead calls him aside and asks him why he told a female professor she is ‘hot’ when he is gay.

The icy mutant denies it, but she reminds him that she can read his mind.

He wonders how he can be gay when is older self is straight, but Jean assures him that he’s ‘full gay.’

Iceman then asks if she thinks their teammate Angel is gay.

When she says no, Ice Man responds, ‘He’s too pretty anyhow.’

X-Men director Bryan Singer responds to molestation charges

Bryan Singer, director for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” has announced he will not take part in any media events for the upcoming release so that the recent lawsuit filed against him for allegedly molesting a 17 year old boy 15 years ago do not become a bigger distraction from the film.

From Variety:

“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false.

“I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career.

“So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film.

“However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”

X-Men director Bryan Singer accused of drugging and molesting 17 year old

According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and molesting a 17 year old boy in the late 90s:

The plaintiff is Michael F. Egan III, a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teen to further his acting career. Egan, who is 31 today and describes himself as heterosexual, filed the suit without a pseudonym and his name appears in a press release issued by his counsel. He alleges that Singer and others threatened to make or break his Hollywood aspirations depending on whether he kept them happy.

Egan has contacted police authorities, his lawyer’s media director told THR. An LAPD spokesperson said he had not seen a complaint but would look further, and messages left with the Honolulu Police Dept. were not returned.

The lawsuit reads:

Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.

Singer’s lawyer Marty Singer denied the charges:

“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit…It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks.”

(via Towleroad)