Marvel Studios executive Trinh Tran spoke with Inverse about inclusion behind the scenes and diversifying the Marvel cinematic universe.
Tran is a part of what’s considered “the Avengers of Hollywood,” consisting of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Marvel EVP of Production Victoria Alonso, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Similar to the Avengers, Tran has a specialty: “To offer a different perspective,” she told the publication. “The Russos, Markus and McFeely, they’re like family to me,” she said.
“I’ve worked with them on the last four projects together. But sometimes in the room, I’m the only female sitting there, and I think there’s a different perspective coming from where I am. I might think [of something] that doesn’t dawn on them.”
As an immigrant from Saigon, Vietnam, Tran said her perspective as a woman of color is her contribution towards new insight within the movie-making process; offering ideas her colleagues wouldn’t imagine.
When asked about Phase Four’s visibility of women and superheroes of color, Tran stated,
“I’m looking forward to Black Widow getting her own movie next year, Shang-Chi getting his due. This is the first step to more diverse characters and franchises. I am hoping for more down the line.”
She continued, “We have so many characters in the Marvel Universe, it’s a matter of picking which one makes sense to the MCU. In thinking about the future of the MCU and how all those characters are gonna connect, diversity is crucial in our future.”