Once Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters, the MCU will begin shifting to its next Phase. The creative minds behind the universe have hinted at several changes to come. One of the more exciting changes is apparently going to be an increase in diversity.
In a recent interview with Variety, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo discussed the path they’ve tread so far and where they plan to go next. It seems that their upcoming journey will be a more colorful one.
Joe Russo himself revealed that “the future of these movies will be an inclusive one.”
Apparently, it’s not just future casts that we can expect to include people from all kinds of backgrounds, but creative teams too. “Diversity, both in front of and behind the camera, will be its gold standard.”
Diversity in the MCU After Endgame
Shang-Chi is already expected to star a primarily Asian cast. Also at its helm will be Destin Daniel Cretton, an Asian-American director. Furthermore, The Eternals may have a gay lead in the form of Hercules, according to the latest rumors. And, of course, Peter Parker’s Queens already proved to be quite diverse in Homecoming, That The trend is certain to continue in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has been much beloved in the last decade. Notwithstanding, it has also garnered criticism regarding the excessive focus on straight, white male characters. Black Panther marked the first non-white title character,. Similarly,Captain Marvel was the first time a woman was the sole lead. Needless to say, so progress has been slow. Meanwhile, there has yet to be any explicitly LGBT characters in important roles. It seems though, that steps are being taken to change all that with The Eternals. We, for one, could not be more excited.
What characters do you hope to see on the big screen, given this new gold standard? Let us know in the comments below, and keep checking That Hashtag Show for all the latest news on your favorite Marvel movies.