Marvel has been in the front of the superhero game in Hollywood. In 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man. Since then there has been no single movie with a person of color, woman or LGBTQ lead. Why is that?
It has been reported that Marvel CEO, Isaac Perlmutter has not greenlit any films starring women such as Black Widow that has two scripts, not allowed Black Widow or Scarlet Witch action figures, infamously recasting Rhodey aka War Machine with a different actor for cheaper pay with the justification people wouldn’t notice because “black people look the same”, slowing down the Black Panther and Captain Marvel solo films.
[Video: Black Widow Trailer by SNL]
Kevin Feige, is now in charge of the MCU, answering directly to Disney‘s Chief Alan Horn after Captain America: Civil War. Now not only are new roles being created and opportunities rising for women and people of color within their productions but Marvel’s first non white directors have been hired Taiki Waititi for the third Thor film and Ryan Coogler for Black Panther. Another win is the Ant-Man sequel will upgrade Hope Van Dyne to lead role in Ant-Man & Wasp and the casting of MCU’s first leading black woman played by Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.
Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a "Lone Ranger" themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.
Despite seizing power away from Perlmutter the MCU still isn’t looking as diverse as the comic source: Doctor Strange has whitewashing and potential yellow face and the chosen Spider-Man was a third Peter Parker instead of the fan favorite Miles Morales. The progress is slow in film but in TV, we’ve had a few queer characters in Agents of SHIELD and Jessica Jones, Latino superheroes in Agents of SHIELD, Asian women as lead characters in Agents of SHIELD, two women led series (Marvel’s Agent Carter and Jessica Jones) and Luke Cage, a series that accurately represented Harlem’s 67% black majority.
[Video: Team Thor directed by Taiki Waititi]
It is also interesting to note Perlmutter is a Trump supporter, having donated $1 million to his fundraiser, the very same Trump Foundation that Donald received a cease and desist for being used to settle out of court and bribe instead of donating to the veterans. Which isn’t surprising seeing as how the evidence points to Ike Perlmutter conservative politics being a way to exhort his racism and sexism.
[Photo: Iron Man Wallpaper by Bharath Srinivasan]