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Saturday, August 2 • 3:00pm - 3:40pm
The Human Marvel: Complex Heroes of the Marvelverse

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The Marvel Comics Universe has exploded onto movie screens in recent years with the Avengers blockbuster and affiliated movies. Comics have been around pretty much as long as fandom has, so why the recent explosion in popularity? Marvel brings a unique and relatable humanity to their heroes, with depictions of disability, characters of varying sexualities, women that are not sidekicks, and dynamic motives/personalities. In this panel, we will discuss the mechanics behind what makes the Marvel-verse so appealing, tackling questions like why Loki is simultaneously irresistible and abhorrent, why Bucky Barnes is so vital to the Captain America movieverse, and how Iron Man turns the billionaire playboy trope on its head. We will also look into what we want to see moving forward and discuss recent progress in representation with Young Avengers and the new Miss Marvel.

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Rory Lynne

RoryLynne has been slythering to Leaky since 2012 and this is her first year presenting. She’s a proud gay snake, who, outside of Harry Potter, enjoys musical theatre, dancing, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, Sleepy Hollow and other fandoms. She's also breaking into the world of cosplay, so if you see Poison Ivy wandering around, feel free to say hi!
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Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
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Natalia Sluzky

Natalia "Pansy" Sluzky has been attending LeakyCon since 2011. After quickly falling in love with the convention, she became a volunteer and has been a Costume Contest judge twice. This is her first year getting involved with being on panels. She is usually found running around in her Pansy costume and this year will be adding Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff to the mix. Be sure to come say "Hi!"


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 A