The success of Marvel Studios' Black Panther has encouraged the Disney-owned company to have more diverse characters in its upcoming film plans, according to studio president Kevin Feige. Feige, who is currently promoting the upcoming Ant-Man & Wasp, was asked about the depiction of marginalized communities given the success of Black Panther - and how genre films in the past have used it as part of the larger story.
"It was the path that we were heading in any way because they’re great stories from the comics. The success of Black Panther, like a lot of things with the history of Marvel Studios, has just emboldened us to just continue doing that and to continue heading forward with that," Feige told ComingSoon.Net.
"And you’re bringing it to a great point that that’s what genre films are," Feige continued. "That’s what I loved about genre films - science fiction films is you’re telling these very serious, very real stories - the X-Men are a great example of that - any great science fiction stories where you’re dealing with things like alien races or wars but you’re really talking about contemporary society. You’re really talking about people which is what I love. It gives you something fun and entertaining to watch on screen because that’s what I wanna see when I go to the movies but you’re getting a message.
"Empathy is a great word that you’re saying and Ryan Coogler used to say something great when people would ask him, 'Will non-people of color be able to see this movie?' and he was like 'Yes. I’ve watched white characters for so long and connected with them.'"