Marvel’s first black openly gay character Deborah Fields – aka Debrii – has been confirmed to join the roster in their latest upcoming show New Warriors.
The half hour show will have Debrii star alongside other superheroes such as Squirrel Girl, Night Thrasher, Microbe, Speedball and Mister Immortal.
She is, however, not the first LGBT+ character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as that honour goes to gender swapped corporate lawyer Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss in Jessica Jones.
An official description of the character says: “Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super ‘heroics’.”
Speaking to USA Today, executive producer Kevin Biegel added: “It’s not all about ‘Hey, I relate to the show because I want to have a squirrel,’ but ‘Hey this is the story about someone who’s out as a lesbian and maybe it’s not that easy,’.”
The character was fairly minor when first introduced in the comics, and so it’s hoped that the show will help put her into the spotlight to help diversify the MCU’s growing roster.
But that’s not all, if Debrii is well received with fans, then perhaps that may pave the way for more LGBT+ characters to appear in future live-action shows.
We may soon see characters such as such as Ice Man, Northstar and Karma making their televised debut.
Marvel’s New Warriors will debut on Freeform in 2018.
Words Jonathan Shaw