Jessica Alba, a veteran of the comic book film genre, having starred as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer” has caused a bit of a stir after she criticized Marvel movies. This opinion might not be held by all, but it’s hard to argue she doesn’t make a valid point.
During a recent interview with Glamour UK, Alba said the franchise remains far too dominated by white actors. Diversity was almost non-existent in superhero movies when Alba appeared in the two “Fantastic Four” movies from 20th Century Fox before the franchise was reverted to Marvel. While the genre has been more inclusive in the past five years, Alba said it’s still “more of the same” these days.
“Even if you look at the Marvel movies – that’s the biggest driver of fantasy and what’s happening right now in entertainment, because it’s sort of the family thing – it’s still quite Caucasian,” Alba said. “I would say I was one of the few back in the day… And it was before Marvel was sold to Disney, but it’s still quite more of the same.”
“I just think more for the younger people who are coming up, who are going to be our future leaders, it’s important for them to see the world on screen, or in stories, in the dreams that we create as entertainers; it reflects the world that they’re in.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe did diversify in recent years, most notably with the ground break Academy Award-winning blockbuster “Black Panther” and its upcoming sequel, “Wakanda Forever”. In addition to the recent Disney+ premiere of the critically acclaimed limited series “Ms. Marvel,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe got its first on-screen Muslim superhero, while “Shang-Chi” put an Asian-American hero front and center, and the upcoming fourth “Captain America” will see Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson take over the mantle that was explained in the limited series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in 2021.
Alba has spoken out in the past about how being Mexican American limited her roles in Hollywood in the early 2000s. “They couldn’t figure out my ethnicity,” Alba told Pop Sugar in 2017. “I would always go out for ‘exotic.’ They were like, ‘You’re not Latin enough to play a Latina, and you’re not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady, so you’re going to be the “exotic” one.’ Whatever that was.”
The actress has mostly stayed away from acting in recent years in order to lead her business The Honest Company.
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