The studio was slow to feature women and black actors in lead roles, but the latest raft of announcements is a hugely positive step
Over the past few years, Marvel fans have been met by the word first a lot. In 2017, Black Panther served up the Marvel Cinematic Universes (MCU) first black-led solo movie. This year came its first female-led film in the form of Captain Marvel and, a few months later, there was the MCUs first gay moment, in Avengers: Endgame, anticlimactic as it was.
So, it is really no surprise that Marvel announced a string of new firsts at San Diego Comic-Con for phase four of its cinematic slate. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be the MCUs first Asian superhero movie, with Simu Liu the first Asian actor to lead a solo film. Elsewhere, The Eternals cast looks as good as a United Colors of Benetton advert and will feature the first leads of Pakistani, Latin and Middle Eastern origin, as well as the first deaf hero.