Diversity. Its VERY important. It's 2015 and for some reason, Diversity is not a topic comics are well acquainted with. Sure there are plenty of ensemble comics with female, minority, and even a few gay characters. But how many flagship titles have diverse characters as the leading man or woman? Not enough. Most comics star handsome well built white men who run around in tights and save the day. The formula works but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be changed. It has to be changed. Marvel has made some great first steps. With two gay characters getting married in Astonishing X-Men, Miles Morales being introduced as the Spider- Man of the Ultimate universe, Falcon taking over for Steve Rogers as Captain America, and Thor becoming a woman. Marvel is even giving Black Panther, a popular black character, a solo movie. These are great first steps, but I would like to see more.
What I would like to see more from both Marvel and DC, is not just characters being updated for the 21st century, but new minority/female characters given their own books and solo films. However updating the character is great to. Personally, I thought Michael B. Jordan's casting as Johnny Storm was a fantastic choice. The casting in no way changes the character except for the physical. Furthermore, just because Johnny is now black in no way means he wont be just as close to his white sister. That argument, whether Sue Storm is adopted or not, makes no sense. changing a characters skin color or gender is not a big deal. In fact it should be encouraged. For most comic book characters, updating them does not drastically changes their origin. We have been watching handsome white men save the day for more than 70 years now. Its time for a change.
As a side note, if DC is listening, PLEASE give me my Static Shock movie already. Its time for a new generation of Comic book readers to grow up with a more diverse cast of heroes. I'm ready. And i believe the world is to. We all have opinions on this topic and I'm interested in yours. Sound off in the comments below!