With Captain Marvel about to become the first female solo superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, actor Lashana Lynch has praised Marvel Studios for broadening diversity representation in its films.
While promoting the film, Lynch praised the studio for adding more diverse roles to the MCU following the success of last year's Black Panther and how her character in Captain Marvel, Maria Rambeau, will hopefully provide a new generation of fans with a role model to look up to.
"Black Panther raised everyone's awareness to the fact that we just don't have any black superheroes and our younger generations aren't seeing enough of themselves. We’re not being represented, and Marvel took that responsibility and I think for the change in consciousness that is happening in the Black community right now and over the last couple of years," observed Lynch in an interview with Nerdist. "In creating Maria, it made me realize that the younger generation are going to have what I didn't have as a kid, which is seeing themselves on screen. So this will be a classic film for the new generations to come, which is crazy. And also the new normal, which I can't wait to be."
With Maria serving as a single mother to future Marvel superhero Photon, perhaps the cinematic incarnation of her character will literally help bring about a new generation of superheroes to the MCU.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8, 2019.