2. Marvel keeps improving
The first phase of the MCU still holds up years later. As good as the movies that were part of it were, though, there have been improvements along the way as Marvel Studios figured out the stories they were telling.
It isn’t just the visual improvements or the storytelling methods either. As it has evolved, Marvel has taken the outdated tropes and left them in the past. In Eternals, we see a conversation about what is morally right and wrong when you have power. Shang-Chi discussed breaking generational toxic behaviors.
Discussing important topics and remaining relevant and insightful is a hard thing to do but Marvel continues to accomplish it on a grand scale. And these are the kind of things that have taken their movies and shows to the next level.
This writer always talks about the importance of representation. It’s important to see more Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ talent getting parts in major projects and, after some time, it’s becoming the norm in Marvel movies and shows to see people who look like you. Alaqua Cox, who portrays Maya Lopez/Echo in Hawkeye, is an indigenous deaf woman and Iman Vellani, who is set to play Ms. Marvel in her upcoming series, is a Muslim woman. And it’s beautiful to see this kind of representation in major Marvel productions.
While there’s still a way to go, the effort to make the Marvel Cinematic Universe a more inclusive place is clear. And that inclusivity will continue to grow as we move into the new phases of the MCU.
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