Clear the skies and the catwalk: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar Shea Couleé is stalking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and making history along the way.
The legendary performer, who recently competed in the final season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” landed a role on the Disney + series “Ironheart” as a series regular, according to several outlets.
The next show will star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, “a brilliant inventor and creator of the most advanced armor since Iron Man,” according to the official synopsis. In the canon of comics, Williams gets a stamp of approval from Tony Stark himself, which gives her the tools and confidence to become his successor and a full-blown superhero.
Any additional details about Couleé’s role are hidden, including whether or not the entertainer will appear in disguise, but she will be the first drag queen performer to join the MCU, which, as we know, has a controlled history when it comes to LGBTQ representation.
“BEYOND excited to stumble out of the Werkroom straight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Couleé tweeted celebrating the casting announcement. “Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of this amazing project! Acting was my first love and I’m thrilled to do it again in such a great way! “
In a separate Instagram post, Couleé said that “joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe was like joining OZ”.
“Ironheart ‘is from top to bottom that it will be an absolutely AMAZING experience for viewers, and I am so honored every day that I can work on set with some of the best and most dedicated artists in the business,” she continued. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me on my journey and I can’t wait to share this exciting new chapter with you all.”
“Ironheart”, which will air on the streamer in fall 2023, will also include “In the Heights” lead Anthony Ramos and “Solo” star Alden Ehrenreich.
Ahead of the six-episode series, the titular character will make his debut in the upcoming blockbuster “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
In the recently released trailer for director Ryan Coogler’s highly anticipated sequel, Williams makes her first appearance literally hammering an iron heart in a powerful homage to Iron Man.
As for Couleé, he has long expressed his interest in joining the MCU, as he was in part the inspiration for the Marvel Comics character Shade, aka Darkveil.
“I would definitely like to be cast as Darkveil in a Marvel movie, the first drag queen to make an appearance in the Marvel Universe,” Couleé told Fast Company in an interview last year. “And she was based on me.”
“I would absolutely like to live,” he added. “I know deep in my heart, if given the opportunity, that Shea Couleé could offer some of the most iconic combat choreography we’ve seen.”
Couleé first appeared in the ninth season of the flagship series “Drag Race”, before taking the crown in “All Stars 5”. She also starred in Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2” show, as well as starring in the Paramount + special “Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch”.