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“Marvel Avengers Academy” Game Introduces a Gay Union Jack

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“Marvel Avengers Academy” Game Introduces a Gay Union Jack

The “Marvel Avengers Academy” mobile game reimagines Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as students developing their superpowers under the supervision of Nick Fury. In the “British Invasion” limited event now unfolding, players can recruit classic Marvel Comics characters Captain Britain and Union Jack to help stop the Black Knight, who’s under the thrall of the Ebony Blade. While many have assumed the mantle of Union Jack over the character’s forty years, “Avengers Academy” has introduced Brian Falsworth into the game. And just like in the source material, Falsworth is gay.

When Black Widow points out that he’s the first guy at the school who hasn’t hit on her, British super-spy Brian Falsworth responds, “No offense, but you’re not my type.” When Natasha questions whether he likes Enchantress instead, he clarifies, “I’m telling you I’m gay.”

“I feel like a really bad spy now,” Black Widow replies.

The game’s first gay character, Union Jack is also asked by Loki to celebrate their victory, which will apparently include a demonstration of the trickster’s prowess on the dance floor. Union Jack, who’s nicknamed “Flag Man” by the god of mischief, accepts, saying, “Sure, mate … I’ll go dancing with you.”

Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins featured both the original Union Jack Lord James Falsworth and his son Brian in the ’70s comic series “The Invaders.” Brian’s relationship with Roger Aubrey, a fellow Golden Age superhero codenamed The Destroyer, was alluded to during the “Invaders” run as well as during Roger Stern and John Byrne’s ’80s run on “Captain America.” More of their relationship was explored in a pair of “Citizen V and the V-Battalion” limited series in the early ’00s.

Developed by TinyCo, “Marvel Avengers Academy” is available for download from Google Play and iTunes.

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the history of Marvel Comics character Brian Falsworth.

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