It took about two years, but Soldier: 76 has been revealed as the second LGBTQ+ character in Overwatch by Blizzard. Of course, certain players aren’t happy about a fictional character coming out.
The reveal was made through a new short story titled ‘Bastet’ (which you can download), confirming Soldier: 76 (Jack Morrison) is gay. He is now the second queer character in the Overwatch lore after Tracer.
As far as the story is concerned, former sniper Ana comes across a wounded Soldier: 76 in the streets of Cairo. She takes him back to her hideout. Considering it is the first time they have met since the explosion which rocked the Overwatch headquarters in Switzerland, they didn’t know the other was alive. Ana sees a picture of Morrison with a dark-haired man named Vincent.
“Vincent… I haven’t thought about him in years,” Ana said. “Still keeping a candle lit for him?”
Jack shook his head. “Nothing like that.”
“You’ve never looked in on him? You must have been curious. All the surveillance power in the world. I bet Gabe would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked,” Ana said.
Jack glared at her.
“Okay, touchy subject.”
Jack laughed. “He got married. They’re very happy. I’m happy for him.”
“Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him.” Jack sighed. “We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him… That’s the sacrifice I made.”
“Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?” Ana said, unconsciously running her thumb over where her wedding ring used to be.
For those who are angry about Morrison’s reveal coming out of nowhere, the same comic book had a panel of Soldier: 76 looking at a photograph which is mentioned in the new story.
As far as my opinion goes, such a reveal serves all the haters right because they need to learn not to assume any character’s sexuality to be straight if they aren’t outed upon introduction.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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