The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for the most part every major film series, have gotten criticism in the past for having all their film leads be white men. However, Marvel Studios’ executive producer Nate Moore says that the strategy is to develop characters organically and not rush some on screen just to meet diversity requirements.
Complex spoke to Nate Moore, who was an executive producer on Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, and he said that while they are thrilled to bring diversity to the big screen, they don’t want to rush their introductions just for that purpose:
We want to tell the best stories with the strongest developed characters and scripts that we can. Our biggest concern is that, in trying to get more characters out there, we rush something that’s not ready and we deliver something that’s not up to our standards. So it’s less about us rushing a character that’s diverse to get it out quickly and more about figuring out how to do it right.
Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) are some of the diverse leads slated for their own solo films in the next couple of years. Boseman’s Black Panther already debuted in Civil War to a hugely positive reception. While fans may want these characters to arrive sooner into the MCU, they got to be thankful that Marvel Studios wants to take their time with these characters to make sure that when they are integrated into the universe, it seems natural and not forced.
And that’s not to say that the MCU hadn’t already been diverse to begin with. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) were the Director and Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. before the events of The Winter Soldier, and Anthony Mackie‘s Falcon and Don Cheadle‘s War Machine are both part of the Avengers. This November will introduce Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will be co-headlining Ant-Man and the Wasp. All of these characters have potential for solo films later down the line (as well as that much talked about solo Black Widow film). So while as of now, there might not be many diverse leads, that looks to change within the next few years.