After Anthony Mackie’s derogatory comments about Marvel, Thor actress Tessa Thompson talks about the future of the MCU – hollywood

Actress Tessa Thompson is excited about the future of representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thompson, who plays the first confirmed LGBTQ hero in the MCU, King of Asgard Valkyrie, said, “We are really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces.”

Speaking to actor Ramy Youssef in an episode of Variety’s Actors in Actors series, Thompson said: “The truth is, these films travel the world in such huge ways, and if you can represent people of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community within these films, it’s a big problem. “

He added: “I think it is really important for everyone, but especially for young people, to be able to appear in those films and see projections of themselves.” So I’m really excited that we can continue to push the boundaries of that and that I can do it with Valkyrie. Because there are so many cool queer characters in the comics, and they should have a place on the screen. “

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Thompson’s words come just days after his Marvel co-star Anthony Mackie expressed his discontent at Marvel’s handling of the behind-the-scenes career in several of his movies. “It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every specialist, every costume designer, every PA, every person has been white,” said Mackie, also in an episode of Actors on Actors. .

Marvel is trying to diversify both in front of and behind the camera in its future projects. Ryan Coogler will rewrite and direct Black Panther 2; Chloe Zhao directs The Eternals, starring a multi-racial cast, and reportedly presents the first gay kiss in the series; Cate Shortland directed Black Widow; Destin Daniel Cretton directs Shang-Chi, starring a mostly Asian cast, and Deborah Chow is in talks to direct future projects.

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