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Marvel's Casting Director Says It's Their 'Priority' To 'Increase Representation' And It's About Time

This is so important.

Marvel Studios will be introducing a whole new bunch of superheroes in coming years and they’re going be casting an increasingly diverse group of people for these new films and TV shows.

Speaking with Vulture, Victoria Alonso, the studio’s executive vice-president of production, said the move beyond the standard white male superhero characters isn’t just about reflecting our more inclusive culture, but business.

“The lesson with Captain Marvel and Black Panther, where the combined efforts of those two movies is $2.4 billion, is if you don’t do it, you’re leaving money on the table,” said Alonso. “This is show business — there’s a business part to the show. Don’t leave money on the table. Just commit to it.”

She added that a diverse roster of heroes, villains and supporting characters will be Marvel’s top priority moving forward.

“We’re just determined to have it be how we do it.”

“And if we do it, maybe somebody else will do it … I encourage every studio, every indie production company, every filmmaker out there to make an effort.”

Casting director Sarah Halley Finn, who has worked on every Marvel film since Iron Man in 2008, said we’ll be seeing a lot of new faces very soon.

“You’re gonna see even more new faces — and faces from all different backgrounds, all ages, all ethnicities, LGBTQ, people who are differently abled.”

Marvel has been working with Casting Society of America, which has actively been holding open calls for underrepresented actors including transgender actors, those with disabilities and those from the MENASA communities (Middle Eastern, North African, South American actors).

Finn added, “It’s a priority to have authenticity, to increase representation, to give greater representation to actors who have not traditionally been represented in mainstream movies on the big screen.”

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, previously told Vulture they are open to changing the established genders, ethnicities and sexualities of their comic characters for the film versions. They have done this already with characters like Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, and Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson.

“There are a lot of other examples, so the answer is yes,“ he said. “You may be asking about sort of major, title characters. The answer to that is probably yes, too.”

The Heartbreaking Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Reveals A Whole Lot About The MCU Post-Endgame

There's a lot to unpack here.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows Avengers: Endgame and it looks bloody heartbreaking.

Set right after the events of Endgame and Tony Stark’s death, the film shows how the Infinity Gauntlet snaps affected the world.

If you weren’t expecting to see big changes in Spider-Man’s world, you’d be very wrong – the MCU is about to change a lot after Endgame.

In the new trailer for the film we see everyone’s is in mourning following Iron Man’s death with Spider-Man pictured looking at a mural of the hero and tearfully telling Happy Hogan, “I just really miss him.”

“I miss him too. I don’t think Tony would have done what he did if he didn’t know that you were going to be here after he was gone,” Happy tells him.

OK, please excuse us while we go cry.

It’s been five years since the first snap that saw half of all living things dusted and the trailer appears to show a few characters including Ned, MJ, Betty and Flash who were dusted and returned thanks to the Avengers.

The biggest reveal from the trailer, however, is when Fury explains Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck AKA Mysterio is “from Earth, just not ours. Fury explains this is possible because the “snap tore a hole in our dimension”.

So, if the multiverse is a thing it could be how they can explain why the recently acquired Fox properties like the X-Men and Fantastic Four haven’t previously been around to help save the world. If this is true, it’ll probably play a huge role in the future of the MCU.

When Peter asks the very fair question of why some of his other super friends aren’t helping him out, he’s told Thor has gone “off world” and Captain Marvel is “unavailable”.

For those who’ve seen Endgame, we know that Thor left earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, so will he appear in Guardians Vol. 3? The script was reportedly finished a couple of years ago, so we’re not sure if it’ll definitely happen, but we can dream!

This also means that Fury is still in touch with Carol Danvers.

Beck tells Peter about how saving the world requires “sacrifice”, adding, “sometimes people die,” which, like, obviously he knows, but thanks for the reminder, dude.

It seems as though Happy and Nick Fury believe Spider-Man to be someone who can help the world move on from the loss of Iron Man.

Peter is heard saying, “The world needs the next Iron Man,” and Fury asks him, “Are you going to step up or not?”

Peter’s even seen wearing Tony’s glasses in one scene.

Now, if you, like me, were wondering what everyone is going to do about tech now that Stark is gone, we do get a glimpse of Peter fixing his suit and making upgrades. He might not be Tony Stark, but he’s definitely very smart and can do upgrades on a smaller scale, so that will be cool to see.

Watch the trailer here:

The film is set for release on July 4.

The Avengers Cast Thought They Were Attending A Wedding For Final Endgame Scene

In case this movie wasn't sad enough...

Warning: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, obviously…

When Avengers: Endgame was being shot, many precautions were taken to ensure the movie wasn’t spoiled by anyone working on it.

For example, directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed Robert Downey Jr was the only actor given the full script for the film, whereas other actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland were only given their lines.

Now, Sebastian Stan, AKA Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, has opened up about how the cast was kept so in the dark they didn’t realise they were shooting Tony Stark’s funeral scene until they were on set.

During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Stan was asked if he knew what he’d be shooting for the film beforehand and the actor revealed he would get to set and find out then what he’d be filming that day.

“I was told that there was a wedding that we were filming. And I was like, ‘Who’s getting married?’ But everybody was dressed very formal and I was looking around and two people weren’t there.”

Trying not to spoil anything, he sheepishly went on to say:

“I was looking around and two people weren’t there. So I guess that was the bride and the groom. But that’s what it was. It was a wedding. You saw the movie, right? It was a wedding.”

So, the cast who weren’t there to see that Tony and Natasha Romanoff didn’t survive, found out while the cameras were rolling.

OK, now I’m crying…

Watch the full interview with Sebastian here:

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