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Joe Locke Dishes On His Camp Marvel Role & Why The Gays Will Love It

Joe Locke Dishes On His Camp Marvel Role & Why The Gays Will Love It

Joe Locke, Kathryn Hahn
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The Heartstopper star is set to play a mysterious role in Agatha: Coven of Chaos.

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As the anticipation for Agatha: Coven of Chaos grows, Joe Locke opened up a tiny bit and teased why this series is going to be another one for the gays.

Because Marvel likes to keep things very tight-lipped, we still only know very little about the upcoming series. What we do know, however, comes from gay icon Patti LuPone, who was dropping spoilers right and left during her appearance on The View. At the time it felt like she was going rogue and Locke confirmed that, yep, she was spilling all the tea.

“She didn’t have any filter because she’s Patti LuPone,” Locke told Entertainment Weekly, who recalled it sent the production into a bit of a panic. “She’s incredible and I love her so much, but I remember we were all on set watching the interview and we were like, ‘No! Patti, stop talking! Stop talking!’ It was like a ripple effect. Everyone was like, ‘Have you seen Patti’s interview?!’”

So here’s what we know thanks to the Broadway star. Agatha: Coven of Chaos will center around a circle of witches including Kathryn Hahn as the titular Agatha, along with Aubrey Plaza, LuPone’s Sicilian sorceress Lilia Calderu, and Locke. Locke has been referred to— mysteriously — as a familiar, but fans are convinced he’s set to play a grown version of Billy Maximoff, a.k.a. Wiccan, the son of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.

Whatever his role ends up being, Locke shared that he is determined to make his dream of playing either the first queer Disney prince or Marvel superhero into reality (Wiccan is canonically gay in the comics). “Putting your energy into something is never gonna harm a situation. With Marvel, I was very determined to get the part,” he said. “I had never been that determined about anything before, which I think meant that I was putting my energy into it. But I also think I’ve just been one of the luckiest people in the world in the last two years.”

While Wiccan wouldn’t be the first gay Marvel superhero in the MCU — that honor goes to Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos in EternalsAgatha: Coven of Chaos would be the perfect place to continue that representation. WandaVision was a camp hit with the gays, and according to Locke, this one is for us, too. “The show is about misunderstood people and people who are alienated by their society for reasons that they can’t control,” he shared. “I think that resonates a lot with the queer community.”

As for that camp we fell in love with when Agatha rolled out her banger “It Was Agatha All Along”? Locke says not to worry. “I think there’ll be some camp,” he teased.

Sounds magical.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.