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Time to Go on An ‘Escapade’ With Marvel’s Newest Trans Superhero

While the Marvel queers up its cinematic universe, the franchise is also busy doing something similar with comics. As a part of Marvel’s ongoing Marvel’s Voices series, the media company is introducing new mutant Shela Sexton aka Escapade in their Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 issue on June 22, 2022. 

Co-created by queer cartoonist duo Ro Stein and Ted Brandt and trans science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders, the issue will tell the story of Shela/Escapade. According to Marvel, she is a mutant with the ability to instantaneously switch physical locations with another person or trade any specific physical or abstract attribute such as possessions, organizational status, skills, superhuman powers, and even situations. 

With the talents of her best friend Morgan Red, who is also trans and a mutant, the duo take a “Robin Hood” approach and use their abilities to steal from corrupt businesses and organizations.

Marvel’s announcement was co-signed with a tweet by Anders, the recipient of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Literature and top science fiction awards, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award.

Additionally, INTO reached out to Anders for a statement on the announcement. 

“I’m so overjoyed to be part of a new wave of trans superhero stories, along with Galaxy: the Prettiest Star and so much else,” Anders told INTO via Twitter. “We need trans heroes now more than ever, and my biggest hope is that young trans people get to see themselves not only surviving and being seen, but helping to save the world.” 

A super-powered trans character? Sign us up! Of course the announcement generated plenty of online excitement.

We can’t wait to see how Escapade’s story unfolds.

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