‘Once Upon a Time:’ Mulan Finally Gets an LGBTQ Storyline on ABC’s Drama Series

by Jeremy Spirogis

There’s no Shang within the live-action Mulan and there’s additionally no large romance between Mulan and Chen Honghui. On one other Disney manufacturing, although, this fierce warrior shares her emotions for an additional Disney princess. 

Here’s what we learn about Mulan from Once Upon a Time.

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Mulan, technically, doesn’t have a love curiosity in Disney’s live-action adaptation of her story

A couple of years after the discharge of the animated Mulan, this character appeared in just a few different Disney productions. That consists of the ABC drama sequence, Once Upon a Time, and the live-action adaptation of her story, launched on Disney+ in 2020. 

There had been just a few modifications made by Disney when it got here to the live-action adaptation of Mulan. One of the largest variations was that as a substitute of General Shang as a love curiosity, Mulan had a short-lived fling with one other soldier, Chen Honghui, that doesn’t finish in a dinner invite from Mulan’s grandmother.

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Why is Shang excluded from the live-action adaptation?

Many Disney followers thought of this a missed alternative for LGBTQ illustration within the live-action adaptation since some think about Shang to be bisexual, in response to Insider. (He does fall for Ping lengthy earlier than he is aware of he’s truly Mulan.) However, the explanation for excluding Shang didn’t need to do together with his sexuality. 

“I think particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable, and we didn’t think it was appropriate,” producer Jason Reed mentioned throughout an interview with Collider.

The selection for Mulan to finish up with no match however along with her honor is promising, though some followers wished extra for this character. In one ABC manufacturing, Once Upon a Time, this character has emotions for an additional princess, technically making her one of many first brazenly homosexual princesses of the drama sequence.

ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' Episode Titled 'Ruby Slippers'
ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ Episode Titled ‘Ruby Slippers’ | Jack Rowand/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

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Mulan is an brazenly LGBTQ character in ‘Once Upon a Time’

In the season 5 episode “Ruby Slippers,” Mulan helped Ruby (Meghan Ory) discover her wolf pack in Oz. They stumped upon Dorothy (Teri Reeves) and there’s a spark between Ruby and this new friend. Ruby confides in Mulan, telling her she’s by no means felt this manner earlier than. 

“Don’t make the same mistake that I did,” Mulan suggested her friend. “Don’t wait until it’s too late to tell someone how you feel.”

By the tip of this episode, Ruby and Dorothy are the characters with the primary openly-gay relationship on the sequence, even sharing a kiss.

“We wanted to tell it no differently than we would with Robin and Regina or Snow and Charming. We just wanted to tell a love story,” co-creator Eddy Kitsis mentioned, in response to The Hollywood Reporter. “For us, it’s a love story like any other and it’s something we’re excited about.”

ABC’s Once Upon a Time and the unique animated model of Mulan are each accessible for streaming on Disney+. The live-action adaptation is obtainable with “Premier Access,” for a further charge. 

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