[WARNING: THIS VIDEO & ARTICLE CONTAIN POSSIBLE CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 SPOILERS!!!]
If there is one criticism about the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, it's that it could probably use a few more diversity hires. It's not as if there isn't precedence - Marvel has an extensive list of female, minority and even gay characters - it's just that few of these characters are actually present onscreen in major roles, right now. For instance, if you remove Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) from The Avengers, you're pretty much left with a country club party (i.e., white males).
But while we wait for the day when Black Widow, Ms. Marvel or Black Panther are headlining their own films, it seems that The Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be offering bigger action at the cost of soul... brothers. From the video above, it doesn't sound like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) are going to be contributing much to the fight against evil robot Ultron (James Spader).
(P.S. - In the video Chris Evans and ScarJo inadvertently confirm leaked details about the Captain America 2 post-credits scene.)
All talk of race and diversity quotas aside and just focusing on the characters themselves, this is troubling news for a couple of reasons.
- Samuel L. Jackson discussing a cameo in Avengers 2 - or Sebastian Stan discussing the same - could be taken as major SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Not having Falcon in the film is a crime because Falcon is pretty awesome in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if you're bringing Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye to the party, you might as well bring Falcon. I bet Hawkeye would run out of arrows before Falcon ran out of bullets and jet fuel; in any event, I'd love to see that competition take place in the midst of a battle sequence.
To be fair, Mackie simply stated that he has not received the call for Age of Ultron yet - but that's not completely unheard of in Marvel movie-making. Kat Dennings told me that the call for her to appear in Thor: The Dark World came after she was already convinced that she wasn't returning; it's always at least possible that guys like Mackie and Sebastian Stan could get the call at some point in production. You never know what kind of button scenes or special cameos Marvel Studios could have planned in order to push their roster of newbie characters into Phase 3...
Avengers 2 Costumes (Iron Man) & (Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch)
On the minority front, we still have War Machine (Don Cheadle) in Avengers 2 - but again, how much of him we'll see is questionable. Fingers crossed that Black Panther movie comes sometime in Phase 3....
Regardless, the film has a great cast that includes returning actors Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron von Strucker) and James Spader as Ultron.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
Source: Yahoo Movies UK