Diversity has been an important topic in mainstream media, especially over the last few years. Star Wars and MCU are mega-franchises that have taken strides to improve their representation, but a certain number of people have not reacted positively to the change. They called Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios “woke”, for this reason.
This uproar has caused many stars to take control of their platforms and criticize these audience members.
These public statements of solidarity in Hollywood with diversity have been a common thing for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Ewan McGregor and Kumail Nanjiani. This is just the start. Despite studios moving in the right direction, they still have much to do.
Jessica Alba Calls Out Marvel Studios
Speaking with Glamour UK, Fantastic Four star Jessica Alba criticized the level of diversity seen in the MCU.
Alba reflected back on when she joined the Marvel universe in 2005, saying she was “one of the few [diverse characters] back in the day. “ She went on to describe modern moviemaking, saying that despite some steps forward, the MCU and mainstream entertainment is “still quite Caucasian:”
“Despite the fact that Marvel films are the largest driver of fantasy, and entertainment right now because it’s a family affair, it’s still very Caucasian .”
The actress said that she thinks “it’s important for [people] to see the world on-screen” reflect “the world that they’re in:”
” I think more about the young people coming up who will be our future leaders. It’s vital for them to view the world in stories or on-screen. This reflects their world. “
Getting Better, But Still Not There
Hollywood’s diversity problem is difficult. While strides are being taken with projects like Black Panther, Shang-Chi, and Ms. Marvel, there is still plenty of work to be done in terms of representing different kinds of people in these multi-million dollar productions.
Some will wonder “Why is this necessary for companies such as Marvel and DC?” Comic book movies currently make up the largest form of entertainment worldwide. These are billion-dollar-making products with millions of people sitting down in the theater to see each and every new super-powered release. These projects are likely to make real changes if they’re successful.
If true inclusion is to ever happen both in real life and on screen, then it will be the normalization in movies like Marvel that can make the difference. Everybody deserves that moment when they can look at the screen and feel like they are saving the world. All stories are worthy of being told, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Everyone deserves to be accepted.
As mentioned, Marvel is making progress towards greater diversity. However, there are still many things that can be done.