In an interview with Collider, Djimon Hounsou, who will be playing Korath in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, covered a few interesting topics; among them, a follow up on his “lack of diversity” comments that he made at Comic Con, and what a day on the set of Guardians is like.
Regarding the similarity in race and sex among the main superheroes in our films nowadays, Hounsou explained:
The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s nice.
This is something that I think a lot of people can agree with, but at the same time, I think that it’s something that is on its way to changing, and changing fast. With Joss Whedon claiming that there will be quite a bit more focus on Black Widow in The Avenger: Age of Ultron, and Zoe Saldana stepping up as Gamora, as well as being one of the first African Americans to be prominently featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can already see this diversification being set into motion. Honestly, it’s refreshing. Also, am I the only person who’s never heard the term “shero”?
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m most interested in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because I can’t wait to see what director James Gunn can do with a story that is so odd to begin with. According to Hounsou, I won’t be disappointed:
Guardians of the Galaxy is a completely different world. It has no place in this world. Even for us, coming to set and looking at it, you go, ‘Wow!’ Every other day, you feel like you’re in a different part of the galaxy. You don’t feel like you’re on planet earth. We’re mostly on a soundstage, but some sets were built on the outside. We’re in a space world. It’s pretty cool. It’s really fun.
While I think The Avengers was exactly what it should have been, I’m sort of looking forward to seeing how Gunn handles this team of misfits even more than I did Whedon’s Avengers. This video sure added to that anticipation:
I love hearing “there’s the potential for cross-over,” considering how well the shared universe has been done up to this point. The only downside could be, if a cross-over between the The Avengers and the Guardians were to happen, that it may be a bit of a cluster-fuck, with two whole teams of superheroes battling it out for screen time. It’s still an interesting thought.