THE marvel studios has introduced more and more characters and moments of representation in its audiovisual productions. This inclusion became even more apparent after the release of “Black Panther”in 2018, presenting to the public the T’Challaking of Wakanda, lived by the eternal Chadwick Bosemanand making the hero become an identification reference within racial representation.
Not by chance, Marvel announced at the beginning of the second half of the year the first initiative designed for the Brazilian public based on the values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, entitled “The Power Is Ours”🇧🇷 Created by a multidisciplinary group from the company in Brazil and the affinity group T’Challamade up of black employees of the company, the project aims to promote more spaces that value and make visible the work of black artists.
For this, in this first phase of the campaign, the artists Negritoo, Crica, Massai, Luna and DGOH were invited to create reinterpretations of the characters black Panther🇧🇷 Storm🇧🇷 Miles Morales🇧🇷 women from wakanda and Hawk, with their own artistic styles and cultural baggage, along with the mentorship of stylist Jal Vieira. The arts were transformed into a style guide that, initially, originated in an exclusive collection with C&A – now available in stores, in addition to other special actions.
Other representations that highlight diversity and inclusion were inserted in the studio’s productions, going beyond the comics and placed on screen. Examples of this are: the solo film by “Captain Marvel”which highlights female representation; “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”with its ethnic and cultural diversity: and “Eternals”, bringing up important issues of gender and accessibility. Check out these and other inclusive moments below:
Let’s kick off the list with a superhero who delivers a series of moments that run the gamut of inclusivity and accessibility: Daredevil. During the day, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is just an “ordinary” lawyer with a visual impairment, but at night he uses his senses as a vigilante in one of the first Marvel Studios series ever made with strong fight scenes that show the audience that his skills go beyond his disability .
“Black Panther” (2018)
It was in “Black Panther” (2018) that audiences first heard the iconic phrase “Wakanda Forever”🇧🇷 In addition to the great representation when presenting a black protagonist hero (Chadwick Boseman), the famous “war cry” expresses the protection for its people, and reinforces the diversity of cultures and races.
“Avengers: Endgame” (2019)
In “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), when Peter Parker (Tom Holland) delivers Thanos’ gauntlet to Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), the character is concerned about how the heroine will cross with the jewels against an entire army . At this point, the characters Wanda, Pepper, Mantis, Walkiria and Shuri join her, saying that she is not alone and delivering one of the greatest scenes #GirlPower of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Another important scene in the film shows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in his last moments as Captain America, leaving his classic shield to Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackiand), and introducing him as the new Captain America, this being the first black man to play the classic character on screen. The story was continued in the original Disney+ series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.
“Captain Marvel” (2019)
It was with Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, that the public vibrated for the first female protagonist of the MCU. The film celebrates female empowerment by presenting the franchise’s most powerful heroine in iconic fight scenes and her authoritative lines, such as “I don’t have to prove anything🇧🇷
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was already a beloved character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite being seen as a villain most of the time. But it was in his series released exclusively on Disney+, that the god of trickery conquered the public even more by delivering important scenes and moments that exalt LGBTQIA+ diversity. In the third episode entitled “Lamentis”, for example, Loki confirms his bisexuality, when the character Sylvie refers to the character’s romantic past and asks if he, as prince of Asgard, had already found “a princess candidate… or another prince🇧🇷 Loki responds:A bit of both🇧🇷
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021)
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021) introduces Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), the son of the leader of a powerful criminal organization who was raised from childhood to be a warrior, but decided to abandon that path to live a life peaceful. However, that changes when he is attacked by a group of assassins and is forced to face his past head on. The film highlights Asian-American culture for the first time in a Marvel Studios production, introducing audiences to more of China’s culture.
It was in “Eternos”, released in November 2021, that Marvel’s first LGBT character was introduced, already starring in the first gay kiss on the big screen. The scene, starring the character Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and her husband (Haaz Sleiman), highlights the love between the couple and more representation for the LGBTQIA+ audience.
Another character who brings inclusion and diversity to “The Eternals” is Makkari, Marvel’s first deaf superhero, played by actress Lauren Ridloff, who is also deaf.
“Black Widow” (2021)
The “Black Widow” solo film premiered on Disney+ in July 2021 and tells the origin of the beloved character Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as the Black Widow we know before “Avengers”. Just like in “Captain Marvel”, the feature features important scenes that praise female protagonism and empowerment by highlighting the highly trained Russian spy and martial arts specialist as a real heroine with her emotions, vulnerabilities and strength.
“Ms. Marvel” (2022)
In the newly released Disney+ series, “Ms. Marvel”, the audience is introduced to the character Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Marvel Studios’ first Pakistani Muslim heroine. The production has important scenes, with the aim of breaking the stereotypes that Muslims face in a light and reflective way when presenting their culture. Additionally, “Ms. Marvel” diversity is also enriched with the presence of cast and crew of different nationalities, and strong female participation.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” (2022)
Recently, with the arrival of “Thor: Love and Thunder” in theaters, the public missed a little bit of nostalgia for the character Walkiria, played by actress Tessa Thompson. In the feature, Walkiria is keen not to hide her sexual orientation and to demonstrate her strong character as a lesbian woman, always in fun scenes and phrases that strengthen the plot.
“The Power Is Ours” is a recurring Marvel project, becoming an important part of the DE&I (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) commitment of The Walt Disney Company Brasil. To give even more visibility to the project, “O Poder é Nosso” will have space in events with Marvel participation, audiovisual content for fans and much more.
The manifest video and the official teaser of the project are now available and through them the public can learn more about each of the artists whose stories were told through mini-documentaries. The contents are released on Youtube of Marvel Brasil.
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