After Anthony Mackie’s disparaging comments on Marvel, Thor actress Tessa Thompson opens up about the future of MCU – Hollywood

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

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

She added: “I think it’s really important for everyone, but for young people in particular, to be able to present themselves to these films and see projections of themselves. So I’m very happy that we can continue to push the boundaries of this and that I can do it with Valkyrie. Because there are so many cool weird characters in the comics, and they should have a place on the screen. ”

Read also: The future actor of Captain America, Anthony Mackie, denounces the “racist” hiring practices of Marvel

Thompson’s words come just days after his Marvel co-star Anthony Mackie expressed his dissatisfaction with the way Marvel handled the behind-the-scenes race on several of his films. “It really bothered me to have made seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stuntman, every costume designer, every sound system, every person was white,” said Mackie, also in an Actors on Actors episode. .

Marvel is trying to diversify in front and behind the camera on its future projects. Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct Black Panther 2; Chloe Zhao directs The Eternals, with a multiracial cast, and is believed to have the first gay kiss in the series; Cate Shortland directed Black Widow; Destin Daniel Cretton directs Shang-Chi, with a mainly Asian distribution, and Deborah Chow is in talks to direct future projects.

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