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All-New X-Men #40 isn't due to hit shelves until Wednesday, but pirated scans have already unearthed the book's biggest revelation: Iceman is gay. Well, young Iceman is gay

See, the All-New X-Men comic stars the X-Men from the past after being brought into the present. Once they see how bad their future selves have messed up the planet, they vow to stay and help until the world is fixed, or at least until the stories grow stale and everyone moves onto another project. 

The reveal comes after young Iceman catcalls Colossus' sister Magik (which is a terrible idea for several reasons), and young Jean Grey takes him aside:

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Jean Grey would know, because she's psychic. It's undeniable: Iceman prefers the company of men. 

If you're a little confused, that's okay -- young Bobby is too:

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Maybe this comes as a shock to you, but as Bleeding Cool notes, comics fans have long speculated about Iceman's sexuality. Sure, Bobby Drake has had girlfriends before, like Kitty Pryde and Mystique, but those relationships never last long. Heck, one of his flings was with Cloud, who happens to be both a man and a woman.

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Put yourself in Iceman's shoes: You're a mutant in the 1960s, already ostracized by a society that fears and hates you. On top of that, you realize you're gay and only one more hole-punch away from getting a free sandwich at the Oppressed Minority Sub Shop. In a similar position, lots of people have chosen to suppress their true selves in order to avoid the ire and judgment of their community. If anything, we should be celebrating the fact that we live in an age where this is totally cool. 

(edit: To be clear, the above conclusion is the one that Iceman comes to himself)

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The writer of the issue already responded to the leak on Twitter:

It's nice to want things, but this is the internet, dude. 

 

That said, you can cry "Iceman isn't gay!!" all you want, but the fact is, it's there on the page. It happened. If it doesn't make any sense to you, maybe you should find something else to read that doesn't include superhumans who can read minds and shoot lasers out of their eyes.