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23rd Jul 2022

Jessica Alba criticises Marvel because films are ‘still quite caucasian’

Kieran Galpin

Alba starred as the Invisible Woman in 2005’s Fantastic Four

Jessica Alba has criticised Marvel for its lack of diversity, claiming the flicks are “still quite caucasian” since her day as Susan Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four.

Alba, who is of Latino heritage, spoke with Glamour about Hollywood’s diversity problems, most notably, how not much has changed with her former employer.

She explained: “It’s a business initiative for people now that they realise how much money they can make.

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“It’s something they care about, which is fine. How they get there really doesn’t matter.

“You’re like, ‘Great. Now you realise there’s a whole group of folks that you just frankly left out of the conversation because you just didn’t even see them. They were there the whole time’.”

Branding Marvel the “biggest driver of fantasy and what’s happening right now in entertainment”, the 41-year-old actor said she was “one of the few back in the day” that wasn’t white.

“But it’s still quite… more of the same,” she added.

Despite Alba’s statement, Marvel has been applauded in recent years for their inclusion, even if it is at a snail’s pace. Ms Marvel recently finished airing, and much of it was celebrated by the east-Asian communities.

The Invisible Woman actress also spoke on Hollywood’s treatment of women and how casting does not always reflect how the world actually works.

She explained: “And 50 percent of the population, we’re women. And we like action movies, and we like superheroes, and we like romantic comedies, and we like dramas and horror, and all of that.

“But if 90 percent of the people in charge don’t look like us, they’re just going to continue to do the same.”

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