Thor 4 actor Tessa Thompson promises a largely diverse Marvel with Marvel Cinematics Universe Phase 4. She played the role of alcoholic, steely, but kind Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and some Avengers movies. Thompson will have a substantial role in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. During an interview, Thompson revealed Marvel is looking forward to a more diverse future.
“I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces. Because the truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBT community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal.” Also Read– Kanye West running for President this year
“There’s millions and millions of people, particularly young people, that show up to the cinema. And I think if you can show them something that looks like them, they feel valued. Particularly inside of these narratives of the comic books, that’s what it’s all about. It’s that our differences make us special.”
Anthony Mackie criticizes Marvel
As race and racism have become a focal point in the United States, Tessa Thompson points out that diversity has been a sore point for Marvel. Anthony Mackie, who plays The Falcon in the MCU, criticized Marvel for weak attempts at diversity.
“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white. But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer.And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”
Standalone film for Ghost Rider
Another MCU actor, Gabriel Luna who plays the role of Ghost Rider on Agents of Shield supported Mackie’s statement and also revealed the difficulty of getting a standalone film for his character.
“To think we were right on the launchpad with Ghost Rider and still couldn’t get it made.
An opportunity lost to have a Mexican-American lead in a world where films with Latino leads make up less than 3%.”
The character will be seen in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder where the character’s gender status will be revealed. Hopefully, in the near future, the conversation of diversity in the MCU will take a more positive turn.