Gay subtext in films from the 60s and 70s, and what that has to do with the new X-Men franchise.

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(All the paragraphs in quotes- unless stated otherwise- are taken from the Wikipedia page History of Homosexuality in American Film. There are *several* sources to pull from regarding homosexual subtext, but I’m not writing a senior thesis here, so I used only this source for this post. It’s well written and well researched. I also pulled from my own knowledge of the subject.)

For those wondering why X-Men First Class presented the relationship between Charles and Erik entirely through innuendo, long drawn out gazes, and blatant subtext:

First Class puts Erik and Charles, and the rest of the mutants, in the real world. They’re affected by World War II and the Cold War, and even take an active role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Hank (Beast), in the story, is the designer of the Lockheed supersonic plane, the SR-71 Blackbird. Charles is a genius scientist specializing in genetics. Erik is…

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~ by hln351 on April 23, 2015.

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