Deadpool: The Pansexual Superhero of the Queer Universe

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Deadpool: The Pansexual Superhero of the Queer Universe

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hen I watched Deadpool 2 on Friday, I was greeted by a sight I didn’t think was possible in a superhero film: the portrayal of the first-ever lesbian power couple. X-Man Negasonic Teenage Warhead introduces everyone to Yukio, her girlfriend, and nobody bats an eye. In fact, Deadpool seemed to find them rather adorable, and so did I. The filmmakers went the extra intersectional step in making their relationship mixed-race; a pasty white emo girl paired with a sprightly pink-haired Otaku.

This open declaration of alternative sexualities is the positivity that we’ve been searching for in superhero films, the representation of queer folk who grow up on these stories but have always felt excluded from them.

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