Marvel Cinematic Universe Furthers Diversity



Nakia Harmon, Jaden Gadsen, and Yunju Lee, Opinion Editor, Staff Writer, Features/A&E Editor

Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have welcomed characters in their movies from distant galaxies, from entirely different races of humans, and from outsiders who received their superpowers from freak accidents. All movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have revolved around the theme of the underdogs embracing their differences to their advantage. At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that a whole line of diverse superheroes are being welcomed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes the first Asian actor, Simu Liu, to lead in a solo film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and the first deaf superhero, Lauren Ridloff, in the “Eternals.” The new movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcoming this new group of diverse superheroes will not only entertain audiences, but will evoke discussions after the movie is over. Diverse superheroes being featured will allow audiences to feel as though they can actually relate to the superhero.

The diverse cast of superheroes being welcomed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe were not specifically placed in this film too make up for lost time for lack of diversity, but those actors and actresses were given those roles to further the growth of diversity in this franchise of films. The films have become more diverse when thinking back to films such as “Black Panther,” the first film in this franchise with an African American male as the lead played by Chadwick Boseman and “Spiderman” casting Zendaya as the first biracial actress to play the role of Mary Jane. Women have also received breakout leads in this franchise which includes Captain Marvel played by Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow” which is set to premiere in May of 2020. Women have also been seen more in the director’s chair which includes Cate Shortland of “Black Widow” and Chloe Zhao of “The Eternals.” The diversity in these upcoming films just might make you want to look in the mirror and call yourself a hero.