Disney Embraces Drag Queens: Marvel Studios 'Ironheart' Casts 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Shea Coulee


The Walt Disney Co. swore to devote itself to radical LGBTQ activism, and the company continues to make good on that ominous promise. Marvel Studios has reportedly cast RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shea Couleé in its upcoming Disney+ series Ironheart — the latest indicator that the studio is making drag culture a prominent component of its entertainment for children.

Shea Couleé — real name, Jaren Kyei Merrell — is a drag performer who appeared in the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finishing in the top four. Deadline reported he will join a cast that already includes Dominique Thorne as the title character, as well as Anthony Ramos and Alden Ehrenreich.

Ironheart, which is expected to debut on Disney+ next year, tells the story of Riri Williams, aka, Ironheart (Thorne), an inventor who like Tony Stark creates a suit of armor to become a superhero. It remains unclear what role Shea Couleé will play and if he will appear in drag or not.

Disney has increasingly embraced drag culture in recent years, putting it front and center in its content for children.

The studio gave drag queen Nina West a starring role in its Disney+ This Is Me: Pride Celebration Spectacular last year.  The special also featured drag queen Jackie Cox as well as “gender-fluid” and “gender non-binary” performers.... (Read more)

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