Thanks to "Thor," Natalie Portman is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress is once again set to reprise her role of Jane Foster in the upcoming "Thor: The Dark World." However, Portrman recently spoke about the, shall we say, lack of diversity in the Marvel cinematic universe. But (silver lining alert) she seems to suggest that this could change very soon.
"There are definitely many strong women [in Marvel movies], but it will be exciting when there is a central female character, which I think is coming -- I have heard is coming -- and, of course, also a central non-white character will also be exciting," Portman said. Before adding: "Title characters."
Some might remember the somewhat contentious beginnings to the "Thor" sequel, with "Monster" director Patty Jenkins replaced in the eleventh hour by "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor. A lot of this had to do with a radical revision of the script; in the version Jenkins was signed on the movie featured a female villain and an expanded role for Portman. Citing the fact that female characters in superhero movies don't sell toys (yes, this was really the reasoning), the movie was dramatically altered and Jenkins was removed.
There desperately needs to be a Marvel movie centered around a female superhero, and while the Black Widow is great, she clearly plays second fiddle to a bunch of men. There are a number of amazing female superheroes in the Marvel canon, and the cinematic Marvel universe is basically being run by Joss Whedon, the outspokenly feminist writer/director who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Something should be done, the sooner the better.
The issue of a non-white superhero is just as pressing, although at least there's been Samuel L. Jackson, as Nick Fury, in a bunch of the movies, and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will introduce the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Still, to think of the "Blade" movies as being ahead of their time because they featured a black superhero, well, that just seems bizarre.
Clearly, this is a touchy subject for Portman (she lobbied hard for Jenkins and was devastated when she was fired), but even if there isn't a female-led superhero movie in development, this could be her way of publicly pressuring the studio into making one.
[via SciFi Now]