Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made it perfectly clear that diversity, both on-screen and behind the camera, is a path that his studio will continue to take.
In a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Feige said that the record-breaking Black Panther was the perfect example of this, opening everyone's minds as to what diversity and representation truly meant to the industry, and the results it can garner.
"Well, one question really is: Should people be forced to do it? And maybe the answer is yes, maybe the answer is no," he said. "If you're in a position of power and you're the one doing the hiring, we have learned -- on our last number of movies and a number of movies that haven't come out or haven't been announced -- that the more diverse the group of people around the table, the better the movie."
Black Panther was also critically well-received, even leading to Oscar buzz while setting the stage for May's Avengers: Infinity War. Feige pointed to its director Ryan Coogler and his long-term vision as a perfect reason why diversity must be embraced in Hollywood moving forward as an industry-building element.
"[Black Panther director] Ryan Coogler actually said, 'Do you have production designers, costume designers that you like to work with?' And we said, 'Sure, but if you have some let us know.' And he said, 'Well, I've worked with various people on films that were excellent but much smaller than Black Panther.' And in the case of every single crewmember that he brought to us, they blew us away, they were incredible," Feige added. "And it was because we were open to listening and giving people an opportunity. And now, you know, we're desperate to work with them all on all of our films going forward."