Kevin Feige during an interview with the Vulture commented on the increase in diversity within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the upcoming Black Panther movie set to break records across the globe, Feige discussed his thoughts on selling points for lead actors. According to Bleeding Cool, Feige stated that “Myths of what plays overseas or what doesn’t, or what type of person someone wants to see in a lead role … that’s all noise until somebody comes and disproves it.” Feige went on to give the example of Tessa Thompson playing the character Valkyrie in the Thor Ragnar film. For Feige, “We knew she was awesome, and now the world knows she’s awesome.”
The Marvel diversity train doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon either. With upcoming films like Captain Marvel and the arrival of Wasp in Ant-Man to name a few, there seems to be an increasing amount of support for diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s great to see an expansion of these characters and hopefully, we will even get crossovers from the Netflix and Hulu properties. It’s nice to see the inclusion of so many different types of heroes with the focus on progress Marvel and its overarching plot. Marvel has set a standard in storytelling and now it may even be setting a standard in presenting diverse characters. Kudos to Marvel and I hope this continues.