Queer Geek News Roundup: April 23, 2017

  • Openly gay actor and DJ Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones' Hodor) is considering entering politics to campaign for gay marriage in Northern Ireland, still the only part of the UK without marriage equality.

  • Millennials like me fondly remember the educational computer game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, its sequels, and its TV adaptations, as well as its titular, fabulously crimson-coutured antagonist, who stole artifacts and landmarks from around the world (as well as throughout history and the solar system. Now, Netflix has announced a new animated series for a 2019 premiere, with actress Gina Rodriguez now voicing Carmen. Here's hoping the show successfully rekindles those nostalgic memories, along with influencing myriad cosplayers.

  • Marvel released the character lineup for the upcoming New Warriors show, including openly lesbian character Debrii.

  • Early footage from 2018's Black Panther was screened to members of the press this week, and it seemed to imply a same-sex romance between two of the Dora Milaje (the Black Panther's female bodyguards), mirroring a recent storyline in the Black Panther comics. Marvel representatives subsequently denied that the relationship between those two characters would be anything but platonic, sparking myriad queer fan complaints.

  • Fox has revealed release dates for its upcoming Marvel films, including Deadpool 2, New Mutants, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Dark Phoenix, presumably featuring Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner reprising her X-Men: Apocalypse role as Jean Grey, will adapt the much-beloved storyline from the 1980s, and hopefully will fare better than the last big-screen attempt.