Jessica Alba wary of racial diversity at Marvel

Jessica Alba she started doing castings at the age of 11, and even then she noticed that there were those who considered her “exotic” because of their skin color. Born in California, her father is Mexican and her mother has Danish and French-Canadian ancestry, resulting in slightly disruptive traits for the main stream of Hollywood. “I wanted to be an actress from the beginning”, Alba remembers those days today, in an interview with Glamor United Kingdom. “I think I’ve always dreamed of living in another person’s shoes, in another person’s reality. I think I’m introverted by nature, so it could be a way to fit in with the world.”. The strategy worked, as Alba ended up becoming a star.

In the mid-2000s, she played Sue Storm (aka the invisible woman) in Fantastic Four of Tim’s storywhich despite poor reviews earned enough at the box office to spawn a sequel, The Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer. The memory of this diptych made Alba think about how things have changed over the years, when it comes to the racial diversity we see in Marvel movies. The conclusion of the actress is that there has not been a very dramatic change: “Even if you look at the Marvel movies, which are the biggest engine of fantasy and family entertainment today, it’s all still pretty Caucasian.”

“I would say I was one of the few at the time who stood out…and that was before Marvel was sold to Disney, but it’s still pretty much the same.”. 15 years later Fantastic Four, Alba doesn’t consider the representation of Marvel Studios movies to be enough, though she admits progress has been made as producers warned. “how much money could they make” representation and it took shape as “a business strategy”. “It’s something they care about, which is good. How they get it doesn’t really matter. You remain in the ‘super’ plan. Now you realize that there’s a whole group of people you’ve left out because you haven’t even seen them. But they were there all the time.”


Alba has no doubt that representation is important. “I think for young people today, our future leaders, it’s important to see the world on screen or in stories, in the dreams that we create with artists, they reflect the world they are in. find.” He also considers that the presence of women in these productions, even if it has progressed, still has a long way to go. “If you have leaders who don’t know how to react to the world they’re in, they only know what they like, everything is going to gravitate towards more of the same. And 50% of the population are women.

“We like action movies, we like superheroes, we like romantic comedies, and we like dramas and horror and all that. But if 90% of the people in charge don’t look like us, they will continue to do The system must be more diversified. In pursuit of this diversity, Marvel Studios has made several significant productions, style Captain Marvel, Black Panther or, more recently, Mrs. Wondera series featuring a teenager of Pakistani origin whose religion plays an important role in the plot.

On the other hand, Fantastic Four that inflated Alba continues to be the most successful adaptation these characters have had on screen, since in 2015 the version of Josh Trank and since then Kevin Feig looking for a way to integrate them into the MCU. the correspondent to restart was in the hands of jon watt (signatory of the trilogy of Spider Man) before leaving to develop the series Skeleton crew in star warsthough that’s not to say there hasn’t been a trace of these superheroes in the MCU thus far: Jean Krasinski made an appearance as Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessand who knows if it could happen again.

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