THE CHANGING FACE OF MARVEL HEROES ARE BATTLING FANS’ HIGH EXPECTATIONS — AND SOME BACKLASH

Representation soars as the Marvel content machine moves forward

The face of Marvel is changing.

Anthony Mackie is now the new Captain America, taking up mantle from the original Steve Rogers.

Kids are already lining up to play with the Shang-Chi action figures, the first Asian character to lead a Marvel movie, which opens this September.

And this November, Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao will introduce The Eternals — a film about a group of immortals which will address some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s long-standing blind spots.

When The Avengers smashed onto screens in 2012, the focus was on the familiar and all-white characters. The Eternals, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Ma Dong-seok and Brian Tyree Henry is decidedly different. The new film will also introduce Phastos, the company’s first openly gay superhero, and Makkari, a deaf hero played by Lauren Ridloff, seen recently as the sign language teacher in Sound of Metal.

“When there are people from various backgrounds and genders, stories are better,” Marvel president and CEO Kevin Fiege said in an interview with Variety.

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