Queer Geek News Roundup: February 4, 2018

  • The first trailer for Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp offers up one of Marvel's premier heroines in action, as well as a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser.

  • Rumored a few months ago, but now official: Despicable Me creator Illumination Entertainment will be making a CG animated film based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise.

  • Queer Harry Potter fans have long complained of a lack of LGBTQ representation in the franchise; J.K. Rowling famously outed beloved character Albus Dumbledore, but only after the last book had already been released and the opportunity to make his sexuality overt had passed. The inclusion of a younger Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, in the upcoming Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald would seem an opportunity to right that wrong, especially since Rowling has previously stated that Dumbledore had a romantic relationship with the villain Grindelwald, to be played by Johnny Depp (casting that has itself been a source of controversy). Fantastic Beasts director David Yates this week dashed such hopes by revealing that the next film would not "explicitly" depict Dumbledore as gay. In the midst of predictable online outrage, Rowling took to Twitter to remind us that there are still more movies in the Fantastic Beasts franchise to come, but it's anybody's guess whether that will actually amount to anything. In 2018, I'm pretty tired of begging for representational table scraps from queerbaiting creators.
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on February 4, 2018

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