New teasers from the HBO Max movie “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!” hints at Velma’s affections for the mysterious fashion designer Coco Diablo.
Fans’ assumptions that Velma Dinkley has a thing for female characters is subtly confirmed in the forthcoming film Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!
The new HBO Max film was released on digital platforms for purchase on Tuesday, October 4, and its clips have already gone viral on social media.
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Several online articles highlight the favorable reactions of viewers to moments in the new film in which the clumsy yet lovable detective, voiced by Kate Micucci, flirts with the female character Coco Diablo, portrayed by Myrna Velasco.
The Scooby-Doo franchise has been a constant nostalgic glimpse into the past for various generations. Naturally, fans are bound to express varying responses to the disclosure of their favorite character’s sexuality.
The teasers suggest Velma’s romantic spark for her female companions in multiple instances. For example, when Velma’s old friend and colleague, detective Daphne sees how captivated Velma is with Coco, a fashion designer with a criminal record, Daphne jokes, “I didn’t realize convicted criminals were your style.”
When this happens, a confused Velma asks,” What, Type — me? Please. Who has time for a type? We have our work cut out for us, and I am focused like a laser. Okay, who am I kidding? I’m crushing big-time, Daphne! What do I do? What do I say?”
In another scene, Daphne prods Velma and says, “Now’s your opportunity to speak to her,” to get the two women to start a discussion with Coco. Later, when it becomes apparent that Velma’s ability to make small talk fails her, Daphne comes to her rescue to finish the conversation.
Scooby-Doo has a history of producing brilliant movies and TV shows. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the first animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions, aired in 1969, and Velma was one of the central characters.
Fans instantly took a liking to her clumsy, confused, and adorable character, while many have dressed up as her as ‘cosplays’ in countless events.
In the Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, Mindy Kaling, the show’s executive producer, aims to provide a voice to Velma, representing the LGBTQ community. This has raised questions regarding the sudden change in the character’s sexuality amongst fans.
In 2020, Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated creator Tony Cervone revealed on social media that Velma was written as queer for the two-season Cartoon Network series that ended in April 2013. This came after decades of fan conjecture over Velma’s sexuality.
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If the show had continued for longer, Cervone said, Velma and another character, Marcie Fletch, would have explored their love affections for one other.
James Gun also wrote a Tweet supporting the reveal of the character’s sexuality, claiming this was the “initial script” of the show. However, Gun has removed his Tweet since the backlash from people.
On October 15, you can watch Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo online at HBO Max after purchasing it on demand.