ByHenry Yuan, writer at
Henry Yuan

Marvel shocked the world with their announcement of two major changes to its familiar line-up.

Thor is now a woman.

Captain America is now an African American.

When will the Marvel Cinematic Universe start to reflect this diversity?

In its current state, the Marvel films shows no sign of greater diversity, even while the comic books are beginning to.

Every Marvel film so far has presented a male lead character, or featured an overwhelmingly male and Caucasian cast, and future films: Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Thor 3 and Doctor Strange show little signs of a change in trend.

There are small signs of improvement, such as the upcoming Agent Carter series (a character introduced in Captain America), the introduction of Wilson into Captain America 2, and the increased diversity on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However there still lacks diversity. The most recent installment of Captain America, seemed to have perfectly set up a solo film for Black Widow, however there have been no word of a Scarlett Johansson stand-alone film, even with such public demand. I would also have preferred to see a Miles Morales Spider-man movie instead of a Peter Parker reboot.

So can the films make the leap to parallel the comic books?

Will Anthony Mackie take over as Captain America?

Will a woman pick up Thor’s hammer? A prime candidate to replace Hemsworth would be Sif, portrayed by Jaimie Alexander, who has already been introduced to the world in both film (Thor, Thor 2) and television ( [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469)). Sadly I feel that we may have to wait a while before the films catch up to the comic books.

If these comic book changes are the beginning of a new era in diverse representation, Marvel will put themselves at the front of the pack. And if not? Well, they will have made themselves look foolish.

Marvel are either going to be praised for being forward thinking, and being the first to take steps towards showing support for diversity. Or… they might end up looking a little foolish for trying too hard. Hopefully not the latter.


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