Marvel Cinematic Universe Post-‘Endgame': Why Diversity Is the New Superpower

Comic-Con: White guys named Chris move over for new superhero movie stars like Mahershala Ali, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Awkwafina

Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con presentation on Saturday wasn’t just a celebration of the success of “Avengers: Endgame” and a map of the company’s upcoming film slate — it was also a clear demonstration of a more diverse future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and perhaps Hollywood overall.

It’s not entirely accurate to say that the previous waves of Marvel films (or phases, per Marvel branding) were led by three white guys named Chris (nothing against Hemsworth, Evans and Pratt, of course). But it’s true that despite the growing diversity of casting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has so far had mostly white and male stars in the title roles.

But as fans saw on Saturday in Hall H, the post-“Endgame” Marvel is a very different animal. Kicking off next May with the standalone “Black Widow” film starring Scarlett Johansson. Then in November 2020 comes “The Eternals” with Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani and Tony-nominated deaf actress Lauren Ridloff, followed by “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” in February 2021 with Simu Liu as the half-Chinese kung fu master along with Tony Leung and Awkwafina.

The 2021 sequel “Thor: Love and Thunder” will reintroduce Natalie Portman and see her…

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