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‘Same thing that happened with Star Wars. It’s a vicious loop’: MCU’s Recent Diversity Push Rumored To Be Result of China’s Disney Ban

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With new phases in the MCU, Marvel started introducing new characters as the first step of the MCU diversity push. Ever since the first film of Marvel, the superhero universe has made an implacable impact on its audience. Fans love these heroes and follow up with everything that is presented to them. However, as the stories continued, many fans started raising questions about how all the superheroes in the MCU are only white. Marvel is known to satisfy what its fans want from them.

Avengers Endgame
Avengers Endgame

With its phase 4 MCU featured some major characters non-white characters, including Monica Rambeau/Photon and Agent Jimmy Woo in WandaVision, Sam Wilson as Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Kang in Loki.

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The Truth Behind Marvel’s MCU Diversity Push

As for now, MCU has introduced Miles Morales, Kamla Khan, Shang Chi, and Black Panther. Shang Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings was the first film in terms of diversity and inclusion. It was also the first film that had many dialogues in a foreign language. The next edition serving the diversity in the MCU was The Eternals, which also featured a diverse cast.

This would continue with the upcoming films of Marvel including The Marvels, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Ironheart.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

According to a recent report, an insider has claimed that Marvel’s MCU diversity push is not what the studio claims it to be. The report claims that the studio is just trying to recover the loss that is caused by their sales in China.

The insider claimed that the sales in China are going less spectacularly than they expected. He even claimed that the brand is almost dead in China.

The Eternals also come under the MCU Diversity push
The Eternals also come under the MCU Diversity push

The insider also said that it is the same thing as what happened with Star Wars. He said, “It’s a vicious loop. it all comes down to two big factors, China and ego.”

The insider said that whatever Marvel is doing and planning to do is to form a market with a new audience. He said it started after Black Panther, that they decided to put everything into this representation to make up for China’s loss.

Further explaining the use of the word ‘diversity’ in their message, the insider said that it does not mean what people think it is. He said, “It isn’t races and religions and disabilities. Diversity is equal to representation.” 

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Anthony Mackie Talks About The Issue With MCU Diversity Push

After the release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, actor Anthony Mackie talked about the issue of MCU diversity push with Variety. The actor said he has worked on multiple Marvel movies, where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.

Captain America: New World Order, Sam Wilson
Captain America: New World Order, Sam Wilson

Pointing out the faults in the MCU he further mentioned how every person involved was black for Black Panther. He said, “And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

Marvel has not said anything on this claim so far. The next movie under MCU will be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which will release on November 11, 2022.

Source: Boundingintocomics

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.