People are thrilled about Deadpool 2’s groundbreaking queer superhero couple

Deadpool 2 is getting a lot of praise for finally bringing LGBT superheros on the big screen.

The superhero sequel, which is out this week, brings back moody teenage mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and introduces her girlfriend, the badass mutant Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna).

The inclusion of queer superheroes in the film, even in a supporting role, has earned praise from fans and LGBT activists – who have long criticised DC and Marvel for perceived ‘straightwashing’ of characters in blockbuster films.

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, said: “20th Century Fox and Marvel have finally given countless moviegoers around the world what they’ve longed to see- LGBTQ superheroes in a relationship who protect the world together.

“Negasonic and Yukio’s storyline is a milestone in a genre that too often renders LGBTQ people invisible, and should send a message to other studios to follow this example of inclusive and smart storytelling.”

Fans also rushed to praise the film.

One wrote: “If anyone could do it, I knew it would be Deadpool <3.”

Others expressed joy at finally seeing themselves represented in the genre.

The two characters hold hands on-screen and explicitly confirm that they are dating, and Deadpool himself remarks that they’re a cute couple.

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