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Just How Diverse Is The Marvel Cinematic Universe Really?

Just How Diverse Is The Marvel Cinematic Universe Really? June 28, 2018

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    What are the most diverse MCU movies?

    Marvel Studios is currently and unquestionably the leader of our film culture. Their Cinematic Universe dominates the box office, our water-cooler conversations, and even the opinions of stuffy film critics. The films portray heroes to aspire to, to look up to, to emulate. Thus, it is of the utmost importance that these films deliver us heroes who, frankly, look like all of the people who see these films. This is for the ongoing purposes of inclusion and positive representation in a historically regressive industry. Have even the most diverse MCU movies succeeded at this task? In an effort to get close to a conclusion on this complicated question, we’ve analyzed each MCU entry based on its representation of people of color both in front of and behind the camera.  

    Iron Man

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    IMAGE BY: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Cast: Terrence Howard is second-billed as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend. It’s hinted one day he’ll become War Machine. Iranian-American actor Shaun Toub plays Yinsen, who helps Tony build the first Iron Man suit. Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir plays minor villian Raza, and spoke of trying to make him different than stereotypical terrorists he’s played. Samuel L. Jackson memorably crashes the credits as Nick Fury.

    Crew: Cinematographer Matthew Libatique is Filipino-American. Co-writer Hawk Otsby is Indian-Norwegian. Composer Ramin Djawadi is Iranian-German.