In the first few episodes of Marvels Young Avenger’s, speculation arose around Hulking and Wiccan’s relationship. Flirting was obvious and the hints were there. In terms of the fandom the couple were already canon gay. Then in issue #12 their relationship was revealed.
Following this relation both sides of the debate joined in. Many were for the inclusion of an LGBT relationship while many were not. The comic showed the tender relationship between the two and important event’s such as Wiccan coming out to his family.
Although Hulkling and Wiccan were not Marvel’s first gay characters, they are the most prominent. Young Avengers have been heralded as groundbreaking in terms of youth culture and tackling important issues. After the events of the Children’s Crusade Wiccan fell into a deep depression. Seeing this depression Hulking proposed and the couple shared there first in comic kiss.
This kiss is groundbreaking in the Marvel comic industry as it finally shows an openly gay relationship without stereotypes. Historically when gay characters were included in comic books they were often marginalised and invisible. Further more, up until recently many comics had an adult advisory sticker on issues that featured LGBT individuals.
After this they both briefly retired from being superheroes and began to live with each other.