The changing face of Marvel heroes is resisting huge crowd expectations – and some backlash

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Marvel’s face is changing.

Anthony Mackie is now the new Captain of America, inspired by the original Steve Rogers.

Kids are already lining up to play with Shang Chi action figures, The first Asian character to lead a Marvel movie that opens in September.

And this November, Chloe Chow will introduce the Oscar-winning director Eternal – A film about a group of immortals that will tackle some of the long-standing blind spots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Watch | Marvel introduces a new group of diverse superheroes:

Marvel introduces a group of superheroes who are a lot more diverse than people are used to. Look at New Captain America’s latest introduction. 3:01

when The Avengers Smashed on the screens in 2012, the focus was on familiar characters and all the whites. Eternity, Starring Kumil Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Ma Dong Seok and Brian Terry Henry are completely different. The new movie will also feature Fastus, the company’s first openly gay superhero, and McCurry, a deaf hero played by Lauren Redlove, who was recently seen as a sign language teacher in The sound of metal.

“When there are people of different backgrounds and genders, the stories are better,” said Kevin Feige, President and CEO of Marvel. In an interview with Variety.

W.ATCH | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings trailer:

But respond to Falcon and Winter Soldier It is suggested that not all fans are ready.

Julian Green, a black movie reviewer with the name Straw Hat Goofy On TikTok, he mentioned that while Marvel’s Black Panther He raised the topic of race in America, the six-part series The is Falcon and Winter Soldier Go further.

“They were actually willing to have deeper, more meaningful conversations about race and tension between our government,” he said. “[Showing] Even superheroes cannot get a bank loan and are racially categorized. ”

But when Green started popping up themes of race and supremacy with his 1.8 million followers, The reaction has begun.

He said in a TikTok video on April 16th, “Once I started getting this stuff started, people started telling me, ‘I’ve got to dude. You make everything about race. ”

Watch | Julian Green discusses the backlash on TikTok:

In a conversation with CBC’s Eli Glasner, TikTok creator Julian Green talks about the backlash he faced after commenting on the racing theme in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. 1:15

It got to the point where Greene was receiving racist insults in his direct messages. An approximate number of weeks have passed, he says.

He said, “I still love the fanbase. I really revealed a lot of the toxicity that was part of the fanbase.”

Create heroes to change times

The ability to question what kind of hero the world needs is what attracted Canadian director Carrie Skogland to the series.

Watch | Carrie Skogland discusses what makes a hero:

Carrie Skogland, director of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier of Marvel Studios, spoke with CBC’s Eli Glasner about using conversations about race and tolerance to define what a hero is in today’s world. 1:06

She is pleased that the series sparks conversations.

“We were able to put into this very racially motivated and racially charged conversation some very thoughtful concepts for people to come out with and chew on … I hope we’ve moved the needle a little in terms of understanding.

The power of seeing yourself on screen

Canadian comedian Vong Show says he cried when he saw the trailer for Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings after years of not seeing himself cast in the comic characters he enjoyed. (Fung Shuo)

Canadian comic Fong Show He is a Marvel fan excited about what’s changing.

The spokesperson for the “super cute Asian gay spokesperson” says he hadn’t seen the characters he was communicating with when he was a young Marvel fan.

“I think my favorite hero was Spider-Man because he wears a full mask, so it’s easy to put on,” he said.

So when Shaw saw the first trailer for the upcoming Shang Qi and the legend of the Ten Rings, It was emotional.

He said, “My reaction to watching the trailer was, I was crying.” “As a child I realized I couldn’t see myself. I didn’t have the emotional tools to know what I was really feeling.”

Simu Liu appears in the first poster released for Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios)

When asked how well Marvel did with its first wave of movies it started Iron Man, The offer is not turning back

He said, “I’ll give them an F”. “Acting didn’t exist, but a lot of it was because they were trying to go with the characters that were created in the Golden and Silver Age of Marvel … when all writers and artists were white.”

But that is changing now. Mrs. Marvel will soon be coming to Disney + with Canadian actress Iman Villani as the company’s first Muslim superhero. The series is based on the comic books of the Islamic writer Willow Wilson And the Pakistani-American editor, Sanaa Amanat.

Canadian actress Iman Villani will soon bring the first Muslim superhero from Marvel to Disney + in a new series set in Brooklyn. (TIFF / Marvel Comics)

Show says that’s the difference the original writers make.

“Miss Marvel was created from the ground up, from someone from this community, from a Pakistani woman. She gets a lot richer and I would say that’s what makes me the most excited.”

Another thing Show is looking forward to is Marvel’s first gay champion. When he knew Eternal Will feature prof Gay kiss on screenHe started making plans.

“I will probably bring my boyfriend and when they kiss, we will go kissing. I’ll get all the gays and we’ll have this shared kissing moment in the theater.”

Marvel Studios’ The Eternals appear at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

And Marvel isn’t alone – black author, comic writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is reported to be working on a new movie from Superman with producer JJ Abrams. Is the fanbase ready for the movie Black Superman?

Film reviewer Julian Green says it’s all about great stories.

His journey began with his uncle who introduced him to Black Marvel heroes such as Luke Cage And the code.
Now it’s his three-year-old daughter pretending to save the situation, thanks to movies like Black Panther And the Spider-Man inside the Spider World.

He said, “There is a lot of power in seeing someone represent you on that screen because it makes you think you can be there too.” “I feel that anyone trying to condemn this needs to take a deeper look and have some self-reflection.”

Watch | Julian Green discusses Marvel’s future:

Julian Green, a reviewer for TikTok movies, believes the list of upcoming movies and shows highlights Marvel Studios’ shift towards a wider representation. 1:10

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