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X-Men couple set for first same-sex superhero wedding

Marvel's historic 'Astonishing X-Men' #51 issue is launched on June 20th. Photo: Marvel

Marvel comic book crime fighters X-Men have put down their weapons and picked up wedding rings for the first same-sex marriage in the superhero world, set for June.

Marvel said Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, a Canadian with piercing blue eyes and silver-streaked black hair who can move and fly at superhuman speeds, will propose to his longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in the issue, "Astonishing X-Men #50," due on sale on May 23.

"The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality," Marvel editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso said in a statement.

"We've been working on this story for over a year to ensure Northstar and Kyle's wedding reflects Marvel's 'world outside your window' tradition."

Northstar, left, is pictured proposing to boyfriend Kyle Jinadu. Credit: Marvel

The pair will marry in the following issue of "Astonishing X-Men #51," on sale on June 20th, and some comic book retailers will be hosting wedding parties on that day, Marvel said.

Northstar and Kyle have been a couple since 2009, but Marvel is not promising the pair will live happily ever after.

In fact, Marvel asks in its wedding announcement: "Will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth or are there hidden dangers around the corner?"

Marvel's news comes after rival DC Comics promised that one of their characters will soon be reintroduced as gay.

The trend follows President Obama's historic declaration of support for same-sex marriage in America.