In addition to being one of the first X-Men and one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe, Bobby Drake is also gay. Over 50-plus years of Iceman engaging in heroics with his trademark witty banter, Iceman has dated his fair share of women, making his character’s revelation
all the more poignant.
In a recent run of Uncanny X-Men, teenaged versions of the original X-Men find themselves in present day due to some comic book-y time displacement. It is there that Jean Grey inadvertently reads teenaged Bobby Drake’s mind, discovering that he is, in fact, gay.
This realization causes the younger Iceman to confront his older self, who up until this point, has been living as a straight man. This leads the older Iceman to realize that he has remained in the closet due to being terrified of having to deal with being both a mutant and gay. Coming to terms with his sexuality, the younger Iceman proceeds to ask his older self if he thinks Angel is hot, to which the older Iceman responds with a smile and a yes.