Marvel’s political agendas continue unfazed, as now, in the 22nd issue of Immortal Hulk, which CBR’s fawning over, Bruce Banner, or his big green alter ego, or both, voice his favor of transgender ideology. The article begins with some predictable sugarcoating:
Gender and sexuality are are being addressed more frequently, not only in superhero comics, but also in their adaptations. The Young Justice animated series, for example, recently followed up on the comic book portrayal of Aqualad as gay, while Halo has been portrayed as gender fluid and bisexual. Then, of course, Batwoman will headline her own live-action television this fall.
As for transgender characters, there’s DC’s Alysia Yeoh (a friend of Barbara Gordon), Coagula from Doom Patrol, Ken Shiga from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl at Marvel, as well as various indie characters such as Braga, the transgender Orc from Rat Queens. The point is, it’s a much more progressive and diverse time we live in, with trans creators also working with the Big Two. And while it’s a bit unexpected, it turns out someone who’s vocal about transgender rights is the Hulk.
From what the panel above seems to depict, it’s Bruce Banner sporting the Hulk personality (or one of them anyway, recalling there were times in the past when multiple personality disorder was established as one of the problems Bruce suffered from, channeled into his Hulk shape). Fascinatingly enough, the reporter he’s talking to is named Jacqueline McGee, presumably an allusion to the Jack McGee character on the 1977-82 TV series played by Jack Colvin. Which suggests they intentionally “gender swapped” rather than think up a name that wouldn’t sound like an attempt to be controversial.
Joe tells her he’s on the fence, but he respects her a lot. He actually spent quite a bit of daytime reading articles online, especially her opinion pieces, to get a better sense of her character, which led to his positive judgment. The piece that turned his head was her story on transgender rights, and Joe admits it won him over because he connects with it, as it revolves around the overall concept of “the other.”
He calls the trans rights piece “real good,” and lauds her slant of people wanting to be themselves, because, after all, that’s what these Hulk personas want. The parallel doesn’t exactly hold up, but you can see where Joe is coming from, and he balks at the comments responding to Jacqueline’s article saying, “You sure know how to piss off the puny humans.”
I take it as that line serves as an allusion to right-wingers and others objecting to the foisting of all this propaganda into everyone’s lives. That the writer (Al Ewing) would say being the gender you’re not is “being yourself” is just hugely dismaying, and is little more than lecturing the audience.
I have to wonder, have any store retailers complained how this kind of political/ideological pandering has the potential to cost them customers as much as Marvel’s attacks on conservatives in the past several years did? I have no idea, but if they keep this up, it’s bound to precipitate Marvel’s eventual demise as much as DC’s own ideological pandering will theirs.
Originally published here.