Marvel Studios has injected some diversity into its lineup, announcing "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" films, its first big-screen superhero projects anchored by a nonwhite actor and a female actor, respectively.
Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige revealed plans for the films, and others in the company's third wave of comic-book blockbusters, in Hollywood on Tuesday.
The actor Chadwick Boseman, who garnered strong reviews for his performances as Jackie Robinson in
Introduced in 1966, Black Panther (a.k.a. T'Challa) is Marvel's first black superhero, the warrior king of a scientifically advanced and hidden African kingdom called Wakanda.
Captain Marvel, meanwhile, is a name that has been used by multiple characters over the years, but Feige clarified which one the film will center on when it opens July 6, 2018.
"This Captain Marvel's name is Carol Danvers," Feige said of the cosmic-powered hero, adding that the movie has been in the works for years. Danvers is an Air Force-pilot-turned-alien-powered-superhero.
As Marvel has continued to churn out big-budget hits, the company has increasingly come under fire for focusing on white male heroes. Among the flagship "Avengers" team, for example,
With "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" in the works, Marvel now regains some ground against rival
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