Diversity in Comics Movie Roundup

I’m not much of an analyst when it comes to movie. I’m also an unabashed fan of super-hero movies, particularly DC superheroes who I follow in the comics. I’m also a straight white dude. This probably makes me the least useful person to be “writing” (and I use the term loosely) this particular post. But, here goes anyways. . .

Just going to give a break down of the diversity we’ve seen (including projected films) in the MCU and the new DCU line-up. (I’m not going to get into the now defunct Sony Spider-verse or the Fox X-Men/Fantastic Four line-ups– gotta draw the line somewhere I guess).

I’ll be looking at the team films, and will cover solo films in a future post at some point. I’ll be checking the number of heroes by race and gender. We will leave sexual preference out for now because– not surprisingly, not a single character in any film is confirmed to be a non-heterosexual character currently. For solo films I’ll make a distinction between a title character and supporting characters. I’m also going to count Loki as a hero– deal with it. Characters like Jane Foster, however, who are supporting characters and not heroes do not get counted in. Also– characters who are green/red/crocodile skinned count as the actor playing the character.

Anyways, here goes. . .

Marvel’s Avengers (Fist Movie)

Line-up: Ironman, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Agent Maria Hill

Male white heroes: 7

Female heroes: 2 (being very generous counting Maria Hill here– though that brings in Coulson as well so its somewhat a wash)

African Descent heroes: 1

Asian Descent heroes: 0

Latin Descent heroes: 0

Marvel’s Avengers (Age of Ultron)

Line-up:  Ironman, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Falcon

Male white heroes: 7

Female heroes: 2

African Descent heroes: 2 (both in tertiary roles, but present)

Asian Descent heroes: 0

Latin Descent heroes: 0

Guardian’s of the Galaxy

Line-up: Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket– wow this one is hard don’t know if we should count half the cast and no one is in their natural look mostly. Let’s go for inclusion and add in– Ronin, Yondu, Korath, Corpsman Dey, and Nova Prime

Male white heroes: 5

Female heroes: 3

African Descent heroes: 2 (Korath and Gamora)

Asian Descent heroes: 1 (Drax)

Latin Descent heroes: 1 (Gamora)

(Note, I don’t have Vin Diesel’s Groot counted in any category– he doesn’t self identify as white/Caucasian but isn’t clearly any other category).

By far Guardian’s is the most diverse of the Marvel films to date. Avenger’s Infinity War looks to be basically the line-ups for Guardian’s and Age of Ultron combined so I am not going to go over that again. . . though we might add Ant Man (male white), Dr. Strange (presumably male-white), Captain Marvel (female), and Black Panther (African descent) by then– or maybe not.

And on to the projected DC films. . .

Justice League

Line-up (presumed): Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Shazam

White male heroes: 5 (4 if we get John Stewart Green lantern)

Female heroes: 1

African Descent heroes: 1 (2 with John Stewart)

Asian Descent heroes: 1 (Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman who is Native American and Hawaiian)

Latin Descent heroes: 0

We still don’t have any casting news for the Flash or Green Lantern so those parts could swing into any category.

Suicide Squad– the term “heroes” for this is pretty nebulous since the whole concept of Suicide Squad is “super villains are the heroes”.

Line up: Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn, Rick Flagg, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Amanda Waller, Killer Croc, Katana

White male heroes: 3

Female heroes: 4

African Descent heroes: 3 (counting Killer Croc)

Asian Descent heroes: 1

Latin Descent heroes: 0

This line up is by far the most female centric, and the shift of making Will Smith Deadshot pretty good inclusion for African Descent heroes here as well. This film also features Katana, the only Asian Descent hero playing a character whose story is typically that of Asian descent.

I’m not going to draw a lot of conclusions beyond the raw numbers– I’ll leave that to more cognizant authors. Just breaking things down and taking a look at where we stand in getting other than while male characters into the MCU and DCU films.


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  1. […] an Asian, and a Latino. I wrote about comparing diversity in this to other franchises here– (Diversity in Comics Movie Roundup) a few months back. It was the most diverse super hero team at the time and I forgot to count the […]

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