One of the nicest surprises when Deadpool 2 came out a few months ago was how it introduced the first two LGBTQ superheroes in movie history—and then didn’t make a big deal about it. Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Shioli Kutsuna’s Yukio being in a relationship was treated as organic, chill, and nothing for even Ryan Reynolds’ eternally petulant Wade Wilson to make jokes about. It was remarkable in how unremarkable it all was. And at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut, it also came up when one fan who identifies as bisexual praised Hildebrand’s take on it at the panel… and asked Ryan Reynolds if he wants to overtly explore Deadpool’s pansexuality. To which Reynolds said yes.
In the comics, the Merc with a Mouth has long been written as a man of eclectic and wide-ranging tastes. The movies have hinted at this—with Wade and his fiancée Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) partaking in “pegging” from time to time, and Wade having a refined knowledge of musical theater, and Barbra Streisand and Cher’s careers—however, it has not been explicitly shown in the film series. Nevertheless, Deadpool 2 is the first superhero movie to embrace LGBTQ superheroes, so surely the next step is just around the corner?
Says Reynolds, “I certainly think this universe… needs to represent and reflect the real world in very real ways. The great thing about Deapdool is we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do, and that’s probably one of them. It’s something I’d certainly love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe, because we’re building it out still and it’s something that we have a lot of tools in the shed that we get to play with.”
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Reynolds and Hildebrand further elaborated on the choice of showcasing Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio’s relationship as a natural element in the film.
“We had that conversation early on about bringing that up on the screen, and I wanted to talk to Brianne about it,” Reynolds said. “I just loved how that all sort of transpired.”
For her part, Hildebrand also noted she had a lot of trust in Reynolds and the Deadpool writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were also on the Hall H stage, in handling this subject matter in a sensitive and intelligent way. They also took her note to heart: don’t make a big deal out of it.
“Yeah, Ryan sent me an email and he was like, ‘We’re thinking of giving Negasonic a girlfriend. What do you think?’” Hildebrand recalled. “And I was ecstatic about it, I thought it was amazing. And not that I didn’t trust these amazing writers, and also Ryan, because obviously they know what they’re doing, but my request was just that it just be the way it is. It not be made a big deal, it just be she has a girlfriend now, and now they’re kicking ass.”
That they did, and they have at least one more scene too in Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut, which we detailed right here.