“Guardians of the Galaxy was such a fantastic movie!”
"There were a lot of issues with GotG that should be addressed and Marvel should work on improving with future movies."
Look, no-one said I was or wasn’t writing Coulson in Secret Avengers as gay. One beautiful thing about fiction is that we fill it with our own meanings. For example: was Coulson really created and written straight, instead of, let’s say, bisexual? How do you even do that unless you explicitly identify him as straight and choose to believe the character is telling the truth? You see my point? In case you don’t: fiction is infinitely malleable. There is no certainty, and there is no certainty in the universe, except perhaps change.
I sense a certain dose of entitlement in your request — which, by the way, says a lot about you and nothing about the fiction you consume. I don’t react to entitlement well, but I am transforming my initial reaction into something positive here, and perhaps you’ll use that as a guiding light for yourself, too. Perhaps the question you want to ask yourself is, “Why am I so hung up on my perception of a fictional character’s theoretically heterosexual identity, and does me being hung up on it have anything to do with my possible uncertainty regarding my own sexual identity?”
It might. It might not. U-decide.
I’m a few issues behind on Secret Avengers due to my LCS being shorted #6 for literally a month, but I have loved how Ales Kot is writing Coulson—a character that means a lot to me. I love that he’s the badass SHIELD agent we know, and a master snarksman, and that his morals (like SHIELD’s) aren’t exactly black and white.
But more than that, I love that we see things like his struggles with PTSD. (Which makes sense, considering the things he’s done and how he’s gotten there.)
And I love the exploration of his relationship with Nick Fury Jr, his best friend, the man he followed into the battlefields in Afghanistan and is following now again with SHIELD. Issue #2, with Fury and Coulson floating in space, was and is one of my favorite comic book experiences. The way their relationship is portrayed is impacting and refreshing.
And it meant a LOT to me that their relationship, or at least their respective feelings for each other, was open to interpretation. I do hope that someday Ales chooses to explore it further—having an interracial, non-heterosexual relationship between two higher profile characters would be wonderful. Though I also understand why people wouldn’t want that. (For the record, I understand, but I think you’re crazy.)
But for now, I have to applaud Ales Kot for this answer, which invalidates no one’s feelings or interpretations. (And is also the perfect response considering that the character in question works for a secret government agency and probably would lie to you about it even if you asked.)
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