Characters in The Eternals (from left): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Sersi (Gemma Chan). Makkari is the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo: Marvel Studios
Characters in The Eternals (from left): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Sersi (Gemma Chan). Makkari is the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo: Marvel Studios

US audiences demand content that reflects world’s diversity, and actors from minorities are benefiting – think Marvel’s Shang-Chi and Eternals and Netflix’s Squid Game

  • From Crazy Rich Asians to Oscar best picture winner Parasite to Netflix chart-topper Hellbound, Asian actors have had more US exposure, and audiences like it
  • ‘Audiences are craving things they’ve never seen, never heard of,’ says one insider. That includes Marvel’s first on-screen gay kiss and first deaf superhero

Topic |   American films
Characters in The Eternals (from left): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Sersi (Gemma Chan). Makkari is the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo: Marvel Studios
Characters in The Eternals (from left): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Sersi (Gemma Chan). Makkari is the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo: Marvel Studios
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