Generally speaking, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a stellar job creating a shared continuity for dozens of characters to inhabit. There’s a reason that these movies are so widely praised, and it’s because they’re just that good. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. While there’s nothing that they’re necessarily doing wrong, if Marvel Studios wants to continue being successful, they need to grow. To change.

Part of what made the MCU so successful off the bat was the fact that they were doing things that hadn’t been done before. However, now that they’ve done that, it’s time for them to do more new and unique things. Fans will keep coming to the movies to see their favorite characters, but by making a few key changes during the current Phase Three, which kicked off with Captain America: Civil War,, they’ll be able to create new fans and keep things fresh into Phase Four and beyond.

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To give credit where it’s due, Marvel has done some of this already. Thor’s Heimdall is black, and Doctor Strange’s Ancient One, while getting some flack for making a traditionally Asian character white, did at least try fro diversity by making another traditionally male character a woman (Tilda Swinton). But there are literally zero limits to what they can do with this. The recent casting announcements/rumors that both Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o may be joining the cast of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther are proof that diversity is important to the studio. Interest in the Black Panther movie has spiked in a big way. Keep this up. It needs to happen in more than simply one movie.

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