Drag Race Royalty Shea Couleé Joins The MCU
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Drag Race Royalty Shea Couleé Joins The MCU

Molly Raby August 18, 2022

RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Shea Couleé has revealed that she will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the new series Ironheart.

The casting was announced in early August by Deadline.

Now Shea Couleé has taken to social media to talk about her feelings surrounding the show.

‘I’m trying to find the words to express the deep excitement I feel over this project,’ she wrote. ‘Acting was my first love long before Drag. So it only seems fitting to end my Drag Race journey and begin my acting career in the biggest way I could imagine.

‘Stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been like stepping into OZ.’

Who is Shea Couleé?

Couleé has been part of the Drag Race franchise since 2009, when she appeared on season nine, coming in third place.

The queen was then cast on All Stars 5 in 2019, on which she was crowned winner and placed in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

In 2022, the Drag Race cast an all winners season including Shea Couleé.

Since Drag Race, Couleé has been featured in major international publications such as OutEntertainment Weekly and Gay Times.

Most notably, Couleé was part of a feature for Vogue as well as the international fashion magazine Metal.

She also co-directed, wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 film Lipstick City.


Ironheart centres around Riri Williams, played by Dominique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah). Williams is a genius inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man.

Other confirmed cast members are Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) who is speculated to be the villain, Manny Montana (The Mule), Alden Ehrenreich (Supernatural), Zoe Terakes (Wentworth) and Shea Couleé, whose role is as yet unknown.

The show will premiere on Disney+ in late 2023. It is said to consist of six episodes.

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Molly Raby is a freelance journalist who works closely with GRV Media and Freshered. After completing her BA (Hons) in English Language and Creative Writing at Salford University 2022, she began her journey into the world of journalism and copywriting. In addition to writing for Freshered, Molly also wrote for The Gold and Green Crowd, interviewing jockeys, horse trainers and others within racing industry. Molly has a passion for film and TV as well as a keen interest in sports.