While Marvel Studios has often been called out for its lack of diversity in the past, President Kevin Feige has confirmed that going forward, the studio is looking to be more inclusive both in-front of and behind the camera. This is something that is already evident with forthcoming titles such as Black Widow, The Eternals and Shang-Chi. However, Marvel also has plans to introduce a body positive hero as well.
During a recent interview to promote Avengers: Endgame, IANS asked Feige if Marvel had any intention of introducing a superhero that lacked what is often considered the perfect figure, to which Feige jokingly replied, "Yes, I would because then maybe I can be a superhero."
Feige then followed up the question with a more serious answer, revealing Marvel Studios would love to include a body positive hero. However, the most surprising part of his answer is when he implied we may just get our first look at a full-figured hero rather soon. "Traditionally, if you look at the way they are drawn in the comics, they go to very iconic mythic proportions," he said. "We happen to have many actors and actresses who have mythic proportions themselves for real but I will just say yes and perhaps sooner than you think."
His use of "sooner than you think" would suggest we may see a hero in either Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, it's much more likely we'll see a full-figure hero in a film like The Eternals, or perhaps even Shang-Chi.
Feige also briefly discussed Shang-Chi and whether or not he sees the project as a risk. To which he responded, "We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks." He also touched on the possibility of introducing an Indian hero, explaining that the hope is viewers can see themselves in a hero on the big screen.
While fans can't help but look ahead at what is still to come, we still have two more films to get through this year before we can truly fantasize about what's still in store for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully, Avengers: Endgame is only days away from release and should give us a better idea of the state of the MCU going forward.