Same-sex marriage is still a controversial subject in the real world but for comic characters it became almost passe this week, when one of Marvel comics's X-Men, the Canadian mutant Northstar (AKA Jean-Paul Beaubier), proposed to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu.
It's the second same-sex marriage in the comic world; in 2002, Apollo and The Midnighter tied the knot in the DC Comics series The Authority.
But this is the first time a significant comic line has shown two men getting hitched, with the ceremony featured on the cover, pictured.
Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, described as a "Canadian with piercing blue eyes and silver-streaked black hair who can move and fly at superhuman speeds," proposed to his longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in the issue, 'Astonishing X-Men #50. The pair will marry in the next issue, Astonishing X-Men #51, on sale June 20, and some comic book retailers will be hosting wedding parties on that day, Marvel said.
''The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality,'' said Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, who has somehow managed to forget that while two guys falling in love might indeed be something the average reader could see outside their window, the possibility that one of them could fly is not.
But don't expect love to run smoothly.
The comic warned: ''Will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth, or are there hidden dangers around the corner?''
We predict a villain will emerge. The Reverend Fred Spider-Man perhaps.