There have been multiple studies showing that diversity helps box office performance, but in recent weeks Ryan Coogler's Black Panther has been bringing that lesson to bold, vibrant life. While still in the early days of its release, the movie is knocking on the door of making more than $1 billion worldwide with a cast that is almost entirely black. While Hollywood has primarily focused on white superheroes to date, we are in the midst of a phenomenon demonstrating that characters of all backgrounds deserve their time in the spotlight. The good news for Marvel is that their universe is full of characters worthy of exploration.

Below and on the next few pages I've picked out a selection of diverse Marvel characters who should be considered for big screen treatment -- be it in their own solo movies, or as part of larger ensembles. Each has a story worthy of inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while some would need some time to be incorporated into the complicated canon, they all offer special new opportunities for the franchise.

Kamala Khan

Carol Danvers -- who will be getting her own movie in 2019 -- graduated from being Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel in 2012, leaving the name up for grabs. It was not a vacancy that was around for very long, however, as it was less than a year and a half later that Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona introduced Kamala Khan to the world. After first appearing in 2013's Captain Marvel #14, she was headlining her very own title just a few months later, and in doing so became the first Muslim character in Marvel's history to get their own book. Now it's time for her to get her shot on the big screen as well.

In the comics, Kamala Khan takes on the Ms. Marvel mantle because she idolizes Carol Danvers -- and that should really be the only opening that a Marvel Cinematic Universe filmmaker would need. While nothing is official yet, there is already a strong expectation that Marvel Studios will eventually make a Captain Marvel 2, and it's within that film that we can potentially see the creation of an on-screen bond between the two heroes (while also showcasing Kamala's awesome shapeshifting and healing powers).

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