X-Men character comes out as gay in new comic release

The April 22nd release of “All-New X-Men #40” was supposed to be without fanfare, according to series writer Brian Michael Bendis.

But that's not the way it happened, as Marvel's latest bent toward diversity was revealed the day before the release with a few leaked pages revealing that Iceman, aka Bobby Drake, is gay.

The teen superhero is outed by psychic teammate Jean Gray.

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The storyline is about the young version of the original five X-Men - Ice Man, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Jean Grey.

Which begs the question: If young Bobby Drake was gay, then what about his older self, Iceman, who has not been gay in previous comics?

Stay tuned, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told MTV News.

“We would be foolish not to deal with that,” Alonso said. “That was the second part of my conversation with Brian. Time travel gave us a platform to discover the journeys of the young characters. The obvious question is that once the young Bobby Drake has accepted and embraced who he is, what are the ramifications for his adult counterpart? It’s safe to say that will be dealt with.”