For some reason, I walked into the advance press screening for “Captain Marvel” this week with pretty low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn’t half bad.
A reason why I wasn’t too excited to watch the movie was that, when I looked at the trailer, I only saw one person of color. Coming after a movie like “Black Panther,” which was empowering in the way it showed a diversity of different cultures, “Captain Marvel” didn’t seem like a step forward. From the trailer, the movie felt like it would re-center whiteness in the Marvel Universe. I wasn’t intrigued by that. I thought, “It would be more interesting if Captain Marvel were a woman of color — maybe Latinx, Asian, or indigenous —all people who remain unrepresented or underrepresented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Once I got into the movie, I was happy to see there was more than one black person in the film. Plus, I was excited to see that all the black characters made it to the end, which usually isn’t the case in a lot of movies. Seeing characters of color, specifically black characters, only put into movies to benefit the white characters, to be silenced, or to be killed off is damaging because that becomes all you expect to see in stories. Does it then become all we expect to see in life?