Marvel's Agent Carter is one of my favourite TV shows. Peggy Carter's cool, and she kicks a*s. She doesn't take sh**.
Disabled But Rocking It
OK, aside from the 'my superpowers/the super-villains have damaged me for an episode or two' we don't see too many long-term disabilities in superhero TV shows.
OK, things could definitely be better in terms of non-white people in leading roles in superhero shows. I get that.
But there are moves forward. And good ones at that.
John Diggle/Spartan is a main part of the Arrow team, and an invaluable friend to Oliver Queen from almost the very start of the series.
Cisco Ramon/Vibe is one of the most beloved characters from The Flash. He's also a genius, funny as all hell, and has a good heart.
'Mack' from Agents of Shield is moving further and further into the limelight as the series moves forward.
Melinda May, also from Shield, is Chinese-American, and the character of Daisy/Skye (who, aside from Phil Coulson, is the closest thing to a lead that the ensemble cast of Agents of Shield has,) has a Chinese mother.
And Barry Allen was raised by the West family - an African-American father-and-daughter duo who remain an integral part of The Flash's set-up.
There are plenty of other examples too, but the point is that the more we have non-white characters who rock, the better it's going to be :)
A Little LGBTQ+
There aren't many LGBTQ+ characters in superhero shows. I don't know why.
The most prominent is Sara Lance, aka Arrow's first Black Canary, and Legends of Tomorrow's White Canary. She's had romance-moments with Oliver Queen, but her longest relationship was with her girlfriend, Nyssa Al Ghul.
Sara's a bad-a*s bisexual assassin, with a minor killing addiction. She rocks. But she's also kind of scary.
Elsewhere, we have the police captain from The Flash who is engaged to his boyfriend and bemoaning planning the wedding. A minor character, yes, but it's nice to see an LGBTQ+ character in a position of authority which stereotypically would usually be seen as too 'macho' for a gay character.
There's also Curtis, a gay black man, who works for Felicity Smoak in Arrow.
Room for Improvement
Yes, there's definitely room for more diversity in superhero shows. Particularly in terms of LGBTQ+, disability, and mental health (which is hardly, if ever, mentioned in superhero shows.)
There's also room for more main characters who aren't white, or male.
But there have been strides forward. And we have to celebrate the baby steps if we want the bigger steps to follow.
And, overall, I'm proud of the superhero TV shows - a lot of genres aren't doing this well in terms of diversity, and the efforts of the superhero shows blend seamlessly with the characters and plots we all love.
Hopefully, some of this will rub off on other genres, and on the movie arms of the Marvel and DC stables.
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