Tessa Thompson talks about ‘Marvel’s’ plans to prioritize diversity for their upcoming slate of phase four films.
The ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ and diversity were not always synonymous, it wasn’t until ‘Black Panther’ that ‘Marvel’ began to truly embrace it. Now they have an openly gay Thor (Tessa Thompson), and the upcoming movie Shang-Chi is said to have an all Asian cast with a diverse crew working behind the scenes.
Speaking with Ramy Youssef for Variety’s virtual Actors on Actors segment, Tessa Thompson talks about Marvel’s plans to prioritize diversity.
“I think in this next phase of Marvel, we’re really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces,” Thompson explained. “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 LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal.”
“There’s millions and millions of people, particularly young people, that show up to the cinema,” she continues. “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.”
regardless of your opinions on marvel and their motives diversity is important and it’s about time Hollywood started to prioritize it. Companies like Marvel are leading the way in that fight and that’s a good thing.
Thompson goes on to explain why she thinks its important for her character to be gay in the MCU.
“I’m really excited that we’re able to continue to push the bounds of that and that I’m able to do that with Valkyrie, because there’s so many cool queer characters in the comic books and they should have a place on-screen.”
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to premiere on Feb 11, 2020.
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