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Marvel movies boss Kevin Feige wants to move past “completely white” casts

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Comic books have been changing lately. No longer whiter than the line you’re standing in at Woolworths, there’s been an explosion of colour within those universes as the big two in particular have focused heavily on widening their multicultural scope. Something that the movies so far, have been slow to capitilise on. Now fair enough, making a film takes time. Years of it in fact as it does happen to a Herculean effort to put together a cinematic extravaganza that has a budget equal to the GDP of a European nation.

But with Marvel’s massive phase three of movies shaping up a new direction for their cinematic universe, the time might finally be right to have a cast that is a lot more inclusive. So says the big cheese of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige, who spoke to Vulture about creating a more dynamic cast for future movies. “In the movies we’ve already made, and certainly in the movies that are coming up, it will be as inclusive a group of characters as one could want,” Feige said.


For us, it’s important that we don’t feel like a completely white, European cast.

The first such movie that’ll feature a lot more diversity within its cast? Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Peter Parker’s high school will reflect how American high schools have become a lot more representative of the multi-cultural population. “Our filmmaker [Jon Watts] came in and had pictures of real high schools, and they are as diverse as you could imagine,” Feige explained

That was something that was important to us, to set it apart from other Spidey films that have been made — to carve that niche — and to have it represent the world today.

And I’m down with that. As a fan of comic books and the media spinning out of that fantastic art form, I want them to thrive. But it can only do that by attracting new audiences. People want characters that they can relate to, that they can identify with. And if the price for that future means seeing newer faces stepping up to represent these fictional universes, then I’m more than happy to pay it.

Although I’m pretty certain that the group of racists who whinged endlessly about Idris Elba being cast as a fictional Asgardian gatekeeper god who guards the Rainbow Bridge are going to be downright livid.

Last Updated: November 3, 2016


  1. Maybe they should watch their own TV show to see how it’s done.


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    November 3, 2016 at 13:15

  3. Andre Fourie

    November 3, 2016 at 13:19

    Stop making it an issue and just cast a variety of people. As if we haven’t had enough of racial nonsense already.


  4. VampyreSquirrel

    November 3, 2016 at 13:28

    Oh yeah, Fury and Black Panther are white as snow.


    • Marc O Polo

      November 3, 2016 at 18:55

      So is war machine…


      • VampyreSquirrel

        November 4, 2016 at 08:30

        Completely forgot his name 😐

        I’m ashamed.


        • Marc O Polo

          November 4, 2016 at 09:14

          James “Rhodey” Rhodes… Just wish they would stop letting other companies fuck with his suit… It never seems to end well


  5. Dane

    November 3, 2016 at 13:53



  6. konfab

    November 3, 2016 at 14:11

    Yet the same people get butthurt when they bring in some diversity for Ghost in the Shell.


  7. chimera_85

    November 3, 2016 at 15:07

    What if the comic book the film will be based on is only white?


  8. RinceThis

    November 3, 2016 at 16:27

    Inclusive? And they don’t even have Batman and Superman in, shame, SHAME!


  9. 40 Insane Frogs

    November 3, 2016 at 23:30

    Clearly the Marvel movies need more Wayan’s brothers…. Cough….


    • Ocelotty1

      November 4, 2016 at 06:17

      Damon Wayans as Major Payne could go toe to toe with the Avengers 🙂


      • 40 Insane Frogs

        November 4, 2016 at 12:30



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