Tessa Thompson has been championing greater diversity in the MCU. It will be interesting to see how the MCU’s future, which will be more diverse, will achieve the kind of representation that advocates want. My thinking is the answer is no. It cannot, the MCU is designed to balance fan and non-fan understanding. Yet, the strength of the brand means they can provide greater diversity. Captain Marvel is a clear example of this reality. It is not the best superhero film, it is good, but its connection to the MCU was crucial wedge for success. We live in a media franchise age.
Simone Missick does a great job as Misty Knight in Luke Cage. One of the highlights of Season 2 is that Misty gets a strong narrative arc this season. While I think Luke Cage's first season was excellent, clearly they learned a lot in this season. Every character seems to have a strong narrative experience that engages the audience. For those critical of superhero and gender, the reality is that the Luke Cage has many female character that shape the narrative in powerful ways. Check it out soon!