I get what you're saying Jason, but one could argue that it was not intentional until the X-Men.
Most superhero stories and Superman/Clark Kent had resigned himself to being happy that Lois Lane had forgotten who he was. He was gone to live alone and asexual. Not a good message for LGBT folks...Richard Donner would not have put anything deliberately as gay allegory nor with the message "stay in the closet."
The message in the X-Man is decidedly "Mutant and Proud" to quote Mystique. And "Mutant Pride" and mutants being genetic (not aliens or fellas from rich families with tragic backgrounds.).
And, in X2, when asked why she does not hide (stay in the closet) she says they should not have to hide which is why she walks around blue when she could blend in.
Most other superheros are "in the closet" citing a need to protect those they love. Um. Ugh.
And Not a good message for LGBT kids...and certainly not a gay allegory. "Stay in the closet to protect the family." How 1950s.
With, as you noted, ideas about cures and comments about mutant teachers and some mutants not wanting to be mutants and struggling to accept themselves for who they are, there is very little of that in most other superhero movies where the message is more like "With great power come great responsibility."
Even in fellow Marvel's "The Avengers," I am not seeing any gay content, other that Loki should come out of the closet.
Thor, Iron Man, Captain America,...all seem absent of gay allegory. Hulk is basically Beast in green so that one is an "okay, yeah" gimme.
Most other superheros, as seen in films on Blu-ray, are perfectly happy to lead duplicitous lives. Bruce Wayne is the real person, not Batman...the opposite of gay folks who are not so duplicitous so much as just being in the closet. The characters in X-men have their code names, but it is not like Clark Kent/Superman.
The X-men, for the most part, on film, do not put on masks to hide their identities the way others do, even if it is pair of thick rimmed glasses.
Um, I'm sorry...how can you not see almost every superhero as an LBGT allegory? They have to hide who they are, remain outsiders in the world, risk being ostracized when they do "come out" and have to have an entire conversation with the people closest to them when the decide to live as who they are.
What other reading is there about that? I mean, X2 was very up front about that and X3 had the entire storyline of making a choice of changing who you are. Clark Kent and Peter Parker want to to keep their other identities secret to protect the people they love. The list can go on and on, but I think we all know that.
Edited by Mark Walker, June 05 2013 - 08:10 PM.