Kevin Feige On Diversifying The MCU And Making Movies That “Reflect The World”

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The world has always been incredible diverse but only now are we seeing glimpses of this in our popular entertainment. Among those working on representation is Marvel Studios, the president of which Kevin Feige told Vulture that the company is taking increasing steps to add women and people of color to their blockbuster superhero films, which are often the most popular and highest-grossing movies in the world, year-to-year.

“I think that in the movies we’ve already made, and certainly in the movies that are coming up, it will be as inclusive a group of characters as one could want. For us, it’s important that we don’t feel like a completely white, European cast.”

The company’s newest film Doctor Strange has seen its fair share of racial controversy over appropriation and whitewashing. Beyond the lead character being a white man who adopts vaguely Eastern philosophy as his own, his mystic mentor the Ancient One was changed from an Asian man to a Celtic woman (recalling the remix of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, a character which was also awfully stereotypically racist in the early comics), an attempt to avoid criticism that was itself criticized by the likes of George Takei.

 “The comics have felt like that sometimes, in the early days. But frankly, even the comics in the ’60s … I mean, Black Panther was created in the ’60s. You look at Captain America’s team [back then]” — a group of Howling Commandoes that became even more diverse when brought to the big screen for Captain America: The First Avenger — and yes, there are things to cringe at, but they were being progressive at the time.”

Another example of diversity in Strange is Karl Mordo, a white, one-note villain in the comics played with real complexity by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film, even if his role is another black sidekick to the white lead (a la War Machine & Falcon). And there’s more coming. Feige is particularly proud of the sprawling cast of next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is filled with young performers of various shades and stripes.

“Our filmmaker came in and had pictures of real high schools, and they are as diverse as you could imagine. That was something that was important to us, to set it apart from other Spidey films that have been made — to carve that niche — and to have it represent the world today . . .It’s definitely important to us that these movies reflect the world.”

Doctor Strange hits theaters this Friday, Nov. 4.

Source: Vulture

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  • Bill

    Hahahaha diversify. Haha good one

  • SAMURAI36

    This just sounds like Feige spouting off with the typical Marvel tactic, which is throw stuff at the wall, & see what sticks. Marvel doesn’t have a clue about diversity, & throwing Black Panther at the wall in hopes that it will stick isn’t an automatic solution to their diversity problem.

    • Justin Jules

      Erm Nick Fury and Heimdall to name a couple in phase 1, so your point is???

      • Axxell

        None. All Sammy does is try to smear Marvel as much as possible, sense and logic be damned.

  • henryducard

    Reflect the world??? Since when is there a black baron in the world? The very concept of being a baron is european.

    • Justin Jules

      Mordo’s accent is very much English, last time I checked is still very much part of Europe.

      The title Baron has more than one meaning. The French/Scottish one is that of a land owner who could name themselves as such.

      The English term is a hereditary title given to a person who can sit in parliament.

      Any of those can apply to the MCU version of Mordo.

      • henryducard

        If you would’ve read the Wikipedia page you obviously referenced you would’ve noticed that barons are actually of royal blood in England and not just land owners. They also did not serve parliament because parliamentary members are elected and we’re not given the role due to being royalty because that’s not democratic, they formed a council which eventually evolved into parliament. More to the point England only has one black royal and she only is because she married a duke 2 years ago. With the history of Europe and that little racism thing there no way a black baron “reflects the world.”

        • Justin Jules

          Last time I checked Maggie Thatcher the milk snatcher wasn’t of royal blood, yet was given the title baroness after her time as PM. In fact her family bloodline is of Saudi decent as of her son’s DNA test for Ch4 programme “100% British.” England’s royal bloodline is of Germanic heritage.

          Europe in comparison isn’t has bad as the States as a whole. If Alexandre Dumas the famed and beloved writer was black during the 1800s. His artistic inspiration his father was even more so impressive, a French nobleman and the first black general in Europe. Yes racism did exist during those times. But black people weren’t offered such opportunities across the pond.

          • henryducard

            That’s a stretch. She’s more white than the average white person. Even if she had an ancestor that was it wouldn’t be relevant now because her saudi ancestor wasn’t a British baron.

    • SAMURAI36

      Precisely. If you’re gonna create a sense of diversity, at least have the sense to be accurate. Otherwise, you’re just creating a false narrative.

  • Jose Gabriel Marmol

    like Joss Whedon says: “the money guys” want white boys.
    https://youtu.be/wPnqzENRToA?t=4m44s