There’s a lot of complaints–justified ones–that in the current superhero movie boom, black characters have been given short shrift. It was pretty glaring when two awesome black characters played by two awesome black actors, Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, are in Avengers: Age of Ultron for maybe two minutes and then only as sidekicks.
But in another sense, black people are all too well represented by comic books. Throughout the history of the medium, comic book characters have rarely been black. But black people have been all too often represented as comic book characters.