Avengers: Endgame's Joe Russo Says Marvel's Future Is 'An Inclusive One'

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As Marvel Studios prepares to wrap its longrunning Infinity Saga with Avengers: Endgame, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is poised to become a more diverse one.

While promoting Endgame, co-director Joe Russo claimed the future of the MCU beyond the Infinity Saga will be a more diverse and inclusive one.

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"The future of these movies will be an inclusive one,” Russo told Variety. "Diversity, both in front of and behind the camera, will be its gold standard.”

In 2018, the studio released Black Panther, featuring the MCU's first minority star, to critical acclaim and commercial success. Similarly, last month saw the release of Captain Marvel, the studio's first female-fronted film, while a solo Black Widow movie prepares to enter principal photography this year. Additionally, the upcoming Eternals film is expected to feature the MCU's first openly gay lead, while Shang-Chi will mark the studio's first Asian star. With this in mind, the future of the MCU is indeed looking much more diverse.

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Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.

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