Post by henrythemorerecent on Jul 22, 2015 22:30:43 GMT -5
It's not really my place to speak on this topic because I'm a white guy. But after this weeks podcast reviewing Ant-Man, I couldn't help but be frustrated at how forgiving everyone was about the lack of representation in the Marvel movies. The fact they've gone this long with nothing but white male led films and how this is such a hot button topic at the moment and yet they continue to be given a light "Look, they're getting there" pat on the back.
In the past couple years I've gone from someone who enjoyed the Marvel films to someone who is tired of them. I get they're fun. But I much more enjoy the things other studios are doing. But the popularity and exposure of the Marvel films, compared with the critisisms of the other side of the fence are what has made me think about this subject. And I feel like some facts, not my opinions, need to be pointed out:
We'll start with Fox. Jennifer Lawrence has taken on a lead role in the X-Men franchise. Apocalypse has added 4 more female leads to the X-team of different backgrounds. Fantastic Four is coming out next month and while majority is male cast, it is both diverse and with a female lead. Then there's WB/DC. They have cast diverse actors in their Justice League roster from Aquaman, Cyborg to Wonder Woman. Introducing the most popular female superhero in the world in their second film in their universe soon followed by her own solo film a year later. Don't even get me started on the diversity of Suicide Squad. Hell, even Star Wars has taking steps. All of these have taken HUGE steps with less than a year in sight, some even days or months in sight.
Yet Marvel studios have been doing this 12 movies long and cannot seem to grasp the idea that changes need to be made and soon?
Now taste aside, every other superhero franchise since Iron Man is 100% every single time compared to the Marvel Studios films in quality and tone etc. But the most important factor is representation which trumps continuity, source material, and everything else us nerds complain about. And every other franchise is doing/has done something about this. Yet it will have taken Marvel 10 years, from 2008 to 2018, to have a solo female superhero movie and a movie with a non-white lead. 10 years. From my highscool years to my late twenties. That is just plain stupid.