- Jessica Alba discussed Marvel movies in a new interview with Glamour UK.
- Regarding diversity, Alba, 41, said Marvel movies are "still quite Caucasian."
- She said not much has changed since she starred in the "Fantastic Four" franchise.
Jessica Alba said that Marvel films are "still quite Caucasian" in regards to inclusion and diversity.
Alba, 41, discussed her thoughts in a new interview with Glamour UK's Emily Maddick this week while touching on the lack of representation she saw as a young actress in Hollywood. Alba played Sue Storm in the 2005 film "Fantastic Four" and its 2007 sequel, "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."
Alba acknowledged that she's noticed a push for diversity in recent years, but the entertainment industry still has a long way to go.
"Even if you look at the Marvel movies – that's the biggest driver of fantasy and what's happening right now in entertainment, because it's sort of the family thing – it's still quite Caucasian," Alba told the outlet.
She then referred to her "Fantastic Four" films, adding, "I would say I was one of the few back in the day ... And it was before Marvel was sold to Disney ... but it's still quite … more of the same."
Marvel, which Disney acquired in 2009, has made efforts to include more diversity in its projects in recent years. A nearly all-Black cast starred in "Black Panther" in 2018, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveiled its first Asian-American superhero in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." Anthony Mackie, a Black Hollywood actor, will also play Captain America in an upcoming film.
On Disney+, the series "Ms. Marvel" introduced the franchise's first Muslim superhero.
Alba previously shared her thoughts about diversity and sexism in Hollywood, including in September 2021, when she called the sexism she experienced "oppressive."
"I always wanted to be treated the way that I saw men being treated," Alba told People.
"Men were told, 'Oh, you're really smart' if you have ideas about the character or the story, where for the women it was like, 'What? You have an opinion?'" she said. "It was like you came off as aggressive where a man just looked really assertive and powerful."