Rex Ridley is, well, I’ll just quote his self-introduction from his first appearance: “I’m Rex Ridley, A.K.A. GOOD ARSON, and I’m a dude and I LIGHT STUFF ON FIRE WITH MY MIND!!“. He is a transmasc mutant from Marvel comics, seen wearing a binder in his first appearance.
Pronouns/gender: he/him, transmasc
Superpower: Rex has pyrokinesis, the ability to create and control fire telepathically
Quotes: “I don’t know if my mom is mad about trans stuff or because I burned down the apartment.”
Media Appearances: Seven appearances in Marvel comics
The quote above shows that, before Rex’s first appearance, he (presumably accidentally) burned down his mom’s apartment. Rex then joined Super Trans, and was a member of the team until and after it’s disbanding. (more detail included here: https://trans-media.org/super-trans/).
Sophie (last name unknown), who prefers to go by Soph, is a transfem member of Super Trans with shapeshifting abilities.
Pronouns/gender: she/her, transfem
Media Appearances: Seven appearances in Marvel comics
Superpower: Soph can shapeshift to look identical to anyone, attaining any superpowers they might have as well.
Soph was originally a member of the trans support group Super Trans. When the Sinister Syndicate broke into the Matt Baker house during one of their early meetings, she helped fend them off, using her powers to take the appearance of D-Man, who she saved along with Spider-Man by working with the other teens. Soph was a member of Super Trans until it’s eventual disbandment, and fought alongside her teammates once again when Sentin-Ally crashed their first group reunion.
After this battle, Pity Girl called their team the X-Men in a viral video, getting attention the actual X-Men and Mojo, a powerful creature from another dimension known for abducting Mutants and casting them involuntarily in insane and dangerous reality TV shows, exactly what he did to the members of Super Trans. While the pilot episode was being filmed, Soph was suddenly killed by Mojo for shock value. However, Mojo Jr. was able to get her back to the writer’s room, where he was able to make her shapeshift into Wolverine, taking advantage of Wolverine’s advanced healing powers to bring her back from the brink of death.
The members of Super Trans were eventually rescued by the X-Men, after being trapped in slowed time for decades, during which thousands of episodes were recorded.
Nora is a transfem mutant in Marvel comics with the power to incapacitate her opponents by telling them her sad stories. She may have an uncomfortable relationship with her grandfather, based on some dialogue from her during a battle (“I cried, knowing I would never see my grandpa again because I didn’t like visiting him that much”).
Pronouns/gender: she/her, transfem
Superpower: Nora can lull anyone into a hypnotized state by telling them her sad personal stories.
Nora was a member of Super Trans during it’s entire duration, from it’s first meeting to it’s last. She was there when they fought the Sinister Syndicate alongside Spider-Man and D-Man, and was there when the group defeated Sentin-Ally. After that second fight, Nora called the team the X-Men, which captured the attention of both the real X-Men and a creature named Mojo ((more detail included here: https://trans-media.org/super-trans/).
Super Trans was a support group from Marvel comics for transgender mutant youth. The group would eventually become a hero team known as the Next Mutants, and included characters such as Shela Sexton, Morgan Red, and Good Arson. The choice to make this group all Mutants is perfect within the consistent themes of Marvel’s Mutant-related content, as Mutants were and are a stand-in for any oppressed group, ostracized and oppressed for who they are.
Also known as: The Next Mutants, The Morally Superior X-Men
Media Appearances: Seven Marvel comic series
Team History (SPOILERS!!)
Super Trans began as a support group for young, trans Mutants, run by D-Man at the Matt Baker House in Queens, New York. In an early meeting, they rescued Spider-Man when he was driven there by the Sinister Syndicate, an all-female iteration of the classic supervillain team, the Sinister Six.
Super Trans was later disbanded, due to the bigoty-driven controversy surrounding Mutants. However, the group’s members stayed in touch, and would later reunite. Their first meet-up was crashed by Sentin-Ally, a straight, cisgender ally obsessed with joining their team, who they quickly defeated. After the battle, Pity Girl made the mistake of calling their team the X-Men, which both caught the attention of the actual X-Men, and got them kidnapped by Mojo, a powerful creature from another dimension known for abducting Mutants and casting them involuntarily in insane and dangerous reality TV shows, exactly what he did to the members of Super Trans. They were trapped in slowed time for decades, during which thousands of episodes documenting their harsh struggles were recorded. They were eventually rescued with help from the X-Men and Mojo’s grandson, Mojo Jr., and adopted their current name, the Next Mutants.
I never knew about this little group before researching for this site, but I’m so glad I do now!! Seeing a group of young explicitly trans superheroes is so empowering – Sylvie : )
In the Marvel Comics universe, Morgan Red is Shela Sexton‘s best friend, and, like Shela, is transgender! Morgan is a transmasc mutant with exceptional computer skills, and works freelance as a game designer. Morgan has the fun ability to turn anything organic into chocolate!
Pronouns/gender: he/they, transmasc
Media Appearances: 6 appearances in Marvel Comics, supporting character
Superpower: Morgan has a unique power, called Transchocolification, which allows him to turn any organic material into chocolate, up to eight ounces at a time. This usually manifests as milk chocolate, though the type and qualities of the chocolate depends on the original material.
Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Morgan became best friends with Shela Sexton when they were in fifth grade. After the two moved into an apartment together, they both joined Super Trans, a support group for young transgender mutants.
Morgan was kidnapped by the U-Men, a group of humans obsessed with becoming mutants through any means necessary, along with Shela, Leo Eng, Wolfsbane, and Cerebella, during a rally in New York’s Washington Square Park. While fleeing the U-Men’s headquarters, Morgan used his powers to turn their stash of Kick, a drug that gives mutants a temporary high and power boost, into chocolate mousse.
He later moved to Astoria in Queens, New York, where Raine Sinclair, Wolfsbane, offered him a home in Krakoa, the sentient island that thousands of mutants at that time called home, an offer he declined. Instead, Morgan and Raine went shopping, but actually ended up finding a dragon in a lab located in the sewer system.
Shela is a Mutant from Marvel Comics with the power to switch physical places or situations with someone. She’s a very obscure character, only ever appearing in about seven Marvel series out of Marvel’s thousands of series, but it’s very cool to see a story focusing on a trans character in the Marvel universe!
Type of Media: Marvel comics, supporting character & main protagonist
Superpower/gear: Shela has the ability to trade places, possessions, or powers with anyone in a seven foot radius. This switch can last for several hours. She also has repulsors in her gloves and boots that allow her to fly, goggles equipped with a heads-up display, glitter bombs that can damage technology, and dice that can disrupt gravity.
Shela’s mutant power was first manifested when she accidentally switched places with her school’s principal in the 9th grade. Though her parents supported her when she told them that she’s a mutant, they kicked her out of the house when she came out as trans.
At age 18, Shela moved in with her transmasc friend Morgan Red, who’d been her best friend since the 5th grade, and Morgan’s genetically engineered flying turtle (advfhffhfhfdchh Marvel Comics are so fun). They joined a support group called Super Trans, a support group specifically for transgender mutants, which also included Aphelion, Good Arson, Pity Girl, and other young transgender mutants (some of which might get posts on this site someday?).
Shela eventually began using her powers to steal from corrupt politicians, with Morgan as her man in the chair. Shela at one point ran into Emma Frost and Destiny, who showed her a vision of a future where she accidentally causes Morgan’s death. Emma offered to help train Shela, but she refused. Shela soon learned of something called an the Onyx Needle, which could possibly prevent this grim future. Shela tried to find the Needle with telling Morgan, trying to avoid telling him about the vision, but was eventually forced to when this began to damage their friendship. Soon after, Shela agreed to train with Emma Frost.
Shela, along with Morgan and several other mutants, was later kidnapped by the U-Men, a group of humans obsessed with becoming mutants through genetic modification and surgery. Shela fell off the roof of the U-Men’s complex, but chose not to switch physical spaces with Morgan, ready to accept death if it meant her friend could go on. However, this wasn’t her time, as Leo Eng was able to use his telekinesis to stop her midair, allowing Wolfsbane to catch her. Shela and Morgan were now both safe, proving Destiny’s vision wrong.