Meet marvel's secret weapon: 'avengers: endgame' executive producer trinh tran

     

As an EPhường. on "The Avengers: Infinity War" & "Endgame," Tran knows a thing or two about wrangling superheroes, on and off screen.


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Marvel Studios" Avengers: Endgame is finally here, và fans can barely contain themselves. In fact, theaters across the country are selling out so fast some have even added around-the-cloông xã showings for a film whose runtime is north of three hours — & those are near capađô thị, too. Endgame marks the culmination of almost 11 years of storytelling for one of the most lucrative sầu franchises in the world & it"s predicted khổng lồ dominate the weekkết thúc box office with a staggering $800+ million global opening.

As fans crowd into theaters many are trying lớn figure out what Endgame will ultimately mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With both new characters being introduced over the past few years & the franchise taking a more diverse approach to storytelling, fans are looking lớn Kevin Feige, the studio"s president, for hints about where it"s going next. But he isn"t the only one who has đầu vào as khổng lồ where the MCU is heading.

Executive producer Trinc Tran has been part of Marvel Studgame ios since Iron Man flew into theaters in 2008. Baông chồng then, she was an assistant khổng lồ production manager Charlie Davis and finance executive sầu Matt Finichồng, but in the decade since the MCU launched, Tran has ascended through multiple roles lớn become an associate producer on Captain America: Civil War và, then, an executive sầu producer for Avengers: Infinity WarEndgame.

No longer an assistant, Tran is part of the creative team that has a say in shaping the stories that will drive sầu the MCU into the future. With that, Shondal& caught up with Tran ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame to lớn talk about the MCU"s goal lớn tell more inclusive sầu stories, and why it"s so critical lớn have sầu women"s voices both on & off the screen.

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YOLANDA MACHADO: I feel lượt thích I"m representing women of color fans being here, talking with you. You và Victoria Alonso (another executive producer at Marvel Studios) are unsung heroes lớn us. How much impact, particularly being a woman of color, does that have on the stories you want lớn see reflected in the MCU going forward?

TRINH TRAN: Well, I think it"s very, very, very important. I want khổng lồ găng tay that. It"s lượt thích, we always want our female anh hùng to shine, just as much as their male counterpart. So, lớn be able lớn look at Endgame & see all these women up there along with the men is pretty exciting compared khổng lồ several years ago, when we had the Avengers và you only saw Blaông xã Widow. So I think the company definitely is heading towards a direction where we want khổng lồ see more of that because the tín đồ base is craving that.


With the success of Captain Marvel and how everybody"s embracing it, it makes me feel so happy and excited because that"s just opening doors for us khổng lồ say it"s okay to continue having more female representation. And then with the cultural phenomenon of Blachồng Panther, it"s
more diversity and minorities in our MCU. I think that"s exciting, & we"re always heading towards that direction. We have so many characters at Marvel và so much more to explore. I think it makes for better stories. It makes for a much more interesting story — for more relatable stories that everybody toàn thân can connect with, because look at how diverse the world is! We should represent that on the screen.


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YM: The audience makeup is so widespread across different cultures, ages, & countries. Do you take that inkhổng lồ tài khoản when planning the next phase or the next films? Or even when you were planning on Endgame, was that something that you were thinking about?

TT: It"s always in our mind, right? It"s always in our mind to lớn make sure that what we"re telling — without getting into lớn detail about what this movie is about or anything — a wide representation và age, because we"re hearing what the audience wants. We"re making the movies for the fans & the public, & as much as we"re passionate about doing it, we want to represent what they want to see.

We want little girls of all ages — 12, or it could be 5, or it could be, you know, a 50-year-old woman — lớn enjoy this. Then we"ve got lớn show them; we"ve sầu got khổng lồ give sầu them more of that. And the more we vì chưng it, the more diverse that is — in age, in color, & gender — I think that makes better for everything.

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YM: Unfortunately, with so many studies about female representation, especially about women of color, it"s barely getting noticed that, behind the scenes, representation is even lower than we see in front of the camera. As a producer, what are you doing to change that within Marvel Studios?

TT: I"ve actually been on Infinity War & Endgame for the last four years. So I haven"t had much of an opportunity to go out in terms of looking for writers and directors because I"ve only worked with the Russo brothers for the last seven years, actually. But as we progress, it"s very important that we get more women involved.

There are so many great directors và writers và crew members out there. For example, our stunt coordinator was one of our stunt doubles, but you hardly ever see women stunt coordinators. So, it"s just seeing that và seeing the impact that it has for the other crew members lớn see that. There"s a leader who is a woman in a field that is usually dominated by males — to be able to see her rise to lớn the occasion, it"s exciting! It gets everybody toàn thân excited — especially the women in the industry — & shows that anything is possible. And we push each other to lớn strive sầu to get more women in that field.

YM: I am a critic as well as a journadanh sách, so one of the things with Infinity War, though I really loved it, the arcs the female characters ended up taking were a little disappointing, which was a sentiment that was shared by many women that are fans of the franchise. Did you look at any of that feedback và put it into revising Endgame?

TT: That"s a great question. I can"t say much about Endgame, unfortunately. But I think once you see the movie you"ll know. But, for example, in Infinity War, we"re striving as hard as we can to make as much of these moments as possible. Like one of my favorite moments in Infinity War was when the women are fighting in the trench. It"s stuff lượt thích that, that really empowers us, & we"re always fighting khổng lồ get more of that represented in each of our movies. So me personally, I"m always striving to lớn see how much more we can vì for our female heroes so that they stand in balance with their male counterparts and sort of showcase them as strong, heroic role models that we can all have little girls look up to.

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YM: Which brings me to my last question. The conversation is shifting when talking about what female empowerment looks like today. Is that something you"re taking into lớn trương mục — the change of what empowerment means khổng lồ women?

TT: That"s a great question. I don"t even know how to lớn answer that.

YM: Well, for instance, lượt thích Lindomain authority Hamilton in Terminator 2, she was a svào female in the "90s, because we didn"t have sầu that much representation in terms of what a svào woman was supposed to look lượt thích bachồng then. Moving forward, we just got Wonder Woman a couple of years ago, và now Captain Marvel. But each of these women are different. Lindomain authority Hamilton"s physicality made her empowered. For Wonder Woman, it was her kindness & her willingness to lớn jump in và save sầu humanity. Captain Marvel"s brvà of empowerment is more of the "I don"t care what you think of me, I"m going khổng lồ vì this" mentality. So these are different things that all showcase empowerment. So is this something you guys are looking forward to lớn imparting inlớn your female characters?

TT: Absolutely. I think with the amount of female characters that we have sầu, they"re all individual in a way, & they all exude a different type of heroism. Like you said, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel — they both represent something different. It is very important that we"re always looking at these individual characters và how they can be portrayed khổng lồ the audience, & listening to lớn the feedbachồng of how it"s impacting the public out there — và making sure that we also stay true lớn their characters as well. For example, Okoye, who"s a great leader of the Dora Milaje Blachồng Panther>, we make sure that she still represents that leadership, & carries that throughout her character arc. But it"s that type of svào leadership in each and every one of , và they all actually carry a different trait that I hope everybody sees in Endgame.

This interview has been edited for length & clarity.

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