Nope. I'd spend way too much money on just about any other DCU character they could think to include, this is just disappointing.
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@G-Man: No apologies necessary! I didn't mean to come off rude. Honestly, I could probably stand to be a little less obsessive about anything at all involving Wiccan / Young Avengers. <3
@AgeofHurricane: She has, but for the most part in very slight ways. She's been the type of character whose growth is visible. I don't necessarily want her to hate that it's happening, but at the very least, Marvel could stand to give us a look inside the characters' minds. Let us see what these characters think of something that has for so long been a taboo in comics. And many of the characters, including Idie, would likely still hold onto some resentment or unease I would think.
Oh, I also want to point out something, I'm pretty sure not ALL of those characters in that variant cover would attend a homosexual wedding. I don't think Wolverine just accepts it, he's probably as disgusted with homosexual behavior as any other biker or rough neck....then again though....he is Canadian.
Uh, yeah. Let's not forget Idie, who still refers to herself as a sinner and as one of the damned because she's a mutant. She's hyper-religious and has constantly been reminding the students at the Jean Grey School that they're all inappropriate sinners. If they write her in and don't have her object to the whole thing, ugh.
I don't know about Logan though. He's been around a good long while and seen plenty. Northstar's pretty badass, and I think Wolverine would judge him on that more so than being gay. Besides, he hardly fits most biker stereotypes... (remember the whole also-a-samurai thing?)
So, as an openly gay comic book fan (one of far too few), I find myself only half-heartedly into this. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for equal representation in the 616, and I love seeing this happen, but how about we have characters actually kissing on-panel before we get to gay marriage? I loved the entire run of Heinberg's Avengers: The Children's Crusade, and in issue #9, when Wiccan and Hulkling first kiss on-panel it was a great moment for fans. What was more, there were allusions to the two getting hitched at some point in the future. But these are characters who have been together literally since their creation (well, for the most part for Billy with that whole reincarnation thing). Since Young Avengers #1, (which came out in 2005 for those of you counting), the two have been a couple (though it wasn't explicitly stated until Young Avengers Presents sometime later).
Kyle, the one marrying Northstar, his first appearance was less than three years ago. I get that for a playboy like Northstar (because seriously, he has always been portrayed that way), this is a long relationship, but Northstar's "long-term boyfriend" is by no means a long-term anything. He's a character who was introduced to try and dissuade readers from seeing Northstar as a stereotypical gay man hooking up with other gay men for the fun of it. While I understand the urge to give their relationship some credence, this is just sloppy. Look at the great love stories of Marvel. Look at how long they've taken to unfold. Reed and Sue, Peter and MJ, Scott and Jean. The last two there didn't get married until the 90's! Throwing characters into marriages isn't giving them more humanity, it's tokenism and it's cheap.
While that's it for my rant, I must also add that despite the bad taste the story leaves in my mouth, I'll be buying it. Because comic book publishers still need to get the hint that they have gay fans who love that they are receiving representation in comics. Because until I don't have to cheer every time I see two guys kissing on-panel, I will. It's news until it starts being the norm. Hopefully that day's coming.
How about Hulkling? He's Captain Marvel's son, and now, thanks to the events of Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9, he's officially an Avenger. In fact, in Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1, we see Teddy in an alternate future wearing the exact same costume as the cover to Secret Avengers #27. The fact that Noh-Varr and Ms. Marvel are both there could support it!
Of course, this is all just me hoping. :P
O_O That Captain Marvel is Hulkling from the future. We saw him (drawn by the same artist, in fact) in Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1. I've got to say, I'm ecstatic we're finally seeing something indicating that the Young Avengers won't simply be forgotten after Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
I'm fairly certain that Voodoo's death was fake. His entry says that his implied death was later revealed incorrect.
That being said, the YA are clearly in Marvel's sights right now to some extent as evidenced in part by their advertising the conclusion to Children's Crusade throughout their lines, and the fact that it will lead into the A vs. X event. Doctor Strange is, similarly, in the public eye right now with the reintroduction of The Defenders. And, possibly most important of all, we know that Marvel hasn't completely forgotten about Wiccan thanks to his recent appearances here and here. (The first is Dr. Strange's ending sequence after finishing Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3) Moreover, Marvel's 2012 calendar shows the above image of Wiccan lighting a menorah at the beginning of Hanukkah.
Now, all of this is clearly not enough to show that he will be the next Sorcerer Supreme by any means. However, if you read Avengers: Children's Crusade: Young Avengers, it is heavily implied herein that Heinberg has hopes of making his character an important one. Sadly, the rest of Marvel might not go for this awesome idea. At any rate, the idea of having Wiccan being trained by the good doctor is a great one, and all we can do for now, really, is wait for the finale of Children's Crusade and hope and pray that Wiccan (and Hulkling) will make it out unscathed!