Marvel Studios Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso hopes to see underrepresented communities flourish in the MCU as its slate and its characters expand.
“You don’t get to have this kind of success if the entire world doesn’t see your product. So we are determined to have every one of those people represented in our films, in some way, at some point in time,” Alonso told the BBC.
“Now, we only make two or three movies a year, so it’s difficult to have every single one — but it is definitely one of the things that we have in our minds all the time.”
The executive producer has seen the entirety of the MCU, helping launch MCU characters like Black Panther, Peggy Carter, Falcon and soon Captain Marvel.
When asked about which communities are yet to be represented, she replied with Asian, Latino, and LGBTQ communities.
“I think we haven’t represented the Latin community, in general. I think that’s something we have to do better. I’m Latin, I can tell you that I’m longing for that. The gay community has not been represented whatsoever. I’m gay, so I can tell you that I would long for that,” she said.
“I think we haven’t represented the Asian community well, I think we’ve had some representation, but it’s minimal — and we would like to represent that, in a big way.”
Marvel has recently found success with female characters like Black Widow, Gamora, Valkyrie and Wasp. The black cast of Black Panther was also loved by most fans which proves that audiences are willing to watch more diverse representation on the big screen.
“I think just because we do one movie that’s called Black Panther and all those actors are represented, doesn’t mean that we need to stop there. I think that we should have Black Panther 2 and 3,” Alonso said.
“I think that every team film that we do has to have a very diverse cast, and that’s something that we are definitely working on trying to achieve.”
Earlier Kevin Feige stated that the success of Black Panther has encouraged Disney to explore more diverse stores and include more characters of colour like Kamala Khan, Miles Morales and America Chavez.
“Absolutely, yes,” Feige said when asked if audiences can expect to see more superheroes of colour.
“It was the path that we were heading in any way because they’re great stories from the comics. The success of Black Panther, like a lot of things with the history of Marvel Studios, has just emboldened us to just continue doing that and to continue heading forward with that.”