Queer Geek News Roundup: May 21, 2017

  • Following the success of FX's Legion earlier this year, its corporate sibling FOX has premiered a trailer for its own, less trippy X-Men spinoff, The Gifted. The show follows "two normal suburban parents whose lives get thrown into chaos when they discover that their children possess mutant powers."

  • There's finally a trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres this fall after a series of delays and a creative shakeup. We don't get any of the show's promised queer content here (that I noticed), but there's a few more months for CBS to show that off.

  • Here's the trailer for The CW's fifth DC superhero series, Black Lightning.

  • Trans cartoonist Sophie Labelle, creator of the trans-themed webcomic Assigned Male is in hiding after alt-right trolls sent death threats and defaced her website with Nazi imagery. Fortunately, she's since been "overwhelmed" with community support. If any kind souls feel inclined to give Labelle support of the pecuniary variety, check out her Patreon.

  • Intent on building its own shared Marvel universe from the myriad Spider-Man characters to which it owns the film rights, Sony has just announced that Tom Hardy will take on the title role in Venom, scheduled for release in October 2018, with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer directing. It's unclear whether Spidey would actually appear in this (Marvel Studios, producers of the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, aren't involved), which could mean a very different backstory. What is official is that Hardy will be playing the original Venom, Eddie Brock, rather than the superior Flash Thompson version introduced more recently (come at me, fanboys).

  • Last but not least, the internet was abuzz this week over the gay subplot and sex scene on Sunday's American Gods. Check out The Guardian on how the sequence was a game-changer: an explicit, frank and deeply intimate moment between two Muslim men of colour. That one of them is a djinn with fire in his eyes (literally) is almost incidental. Elsewhere, the show's openly gay producer Bryan Fuller discussed the scene's staging... apparently, straight actors and directors need a little coaching on the physical mechanics of anal sex. More importantly, Fuller distills why the scene is so groundbreaking to viewers queer and otherwise:

“We felt like the djinn, in this romantic gesture, wanted to give him a more intimate sexual experience. We wanted it to be incredibly visual and gorgeous. We wanted those things not to be lurid, but to be beautiful and captivating and for heterosexuals to watch the love scene between these two men and not go ‘Ew,’ but go, ‘That’s gorgeous.’”

Here's hoping that queer sexuality continues to be frankly depicted onscreen.