Northstar, who is apparently one of the X-Men, although you’ve never, ever heard of him, recently asked his boyfriend to marry him. This savvy PR move from Marvel marks the first time a mainstream comic book character has gotten gay-married, although Apollo and Midnighter (who are part of one of DC’s many, many alternate universes and are even more obscure than Northstar) got married back in 2002. While this marriage probably won’t affect our reality too much – other than briefly boosting Astonishing X-Men sales – it might inspire some closeted comics characters to finally reveal what they were hiding (barely) underneath their brightly-colored spandex bodysuits. (The list of currently out superheroes include Batwoman – duh – and some D-listers like Hulkling and Wiccan. Who? Exactly.)
Check out our list of the heroes and villains it’s easiest to picture in rainbow-flag duds here.