The question of gender and racial diversity in comics books and their movie adaptations has become a hot topic on the interweb lately (well not really lately, but you know). As the call for heroes of color and superheroine films have reached the level of a roar, companies are finding solutions.
While studios have pushed the envelope in casting (classically white characters have been portrayed by actors of color: Human Torch, Heimdall, Electro, Nick Fury, Kingpin), segments of fandom have expressed outrage at what they deem political-correctness run amok. The main argument against "forced diversity" is that there are many superheros of color, albeit lesser known, that should be utilized instead of altering an existing character (personally, I have no issue with changing a characters racial background if it WILL NOT fundamentally change the character).
And it seems the studios have listened. MARVEL has announced BLACK PANTHER.
and CAPTAIN MARVEL.
WB/DC have announced WONDER WOMAN,
Strangely FOX has been quiet on the comic-to-film diversity issue. Strange indeed seeing as their comicbook franchise X-Men is perfectly positioned to lead the industry in diversity. The X-Men brand was and is built around the struggle of the mutant minority to be accepted as equals. The beginning of the franchise did seem interested in depicting the social commentary that was intrinsic to the comics, but recent films have been more focused on major action set pieces than anything else (which is ok IMO).
So while they continue down that path with films like X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool, they should at least look back to the roots of their property: diversity.
And they have a popular and worthy character that can lead on two fronts:
As a woman of color, Ororo Munroe is one of the most powerful mutant superheroes in the Marvel comic universe. Sadly she has been under powered and under represented in her film incarnation.
But with the recent reset that X-Men: Days of Future Past has done to the movie timeline, FOX has the opportunity to push one of its best characters to the forefront as well as become a leader in gender and racial diversity for film. Win-Win in my book.