by Brooks Barnes
Originally published: July 24, 2016
Every summer, Hollywood comes to Comic-Con International, the carnival-like pop culture convention here, to promote its coming mass-market movies. And the offerings usually have a numbing similarity.
Macho directors — almost always white men — stride onto a stage and introduce footage of sparring superheroes, and then trot out cast members (again, mostly white) for some schmaltzy chitchat about loving their characters. Rinse and repeat.
There was plenty of that kind of thing this year, too. But for the first time, studio presentations paid more than lip service to diversity.
Marvel Studios started its Saturday session inside the San Diego Convention Center’s cavernous Hall H, which seats roughly 7,000 people, by bringing out Ryan Coogler, the director of the big-budget “Black Panther,” and his four black leads: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira. “This is my first time here,” a beaming Mr. Boseman told the crowd. “It feels amazing.”