Mohamed Diab, one of the directors of the Marvel series Moon Knight tackled the movies Woman Woman 1984 and black adam from DC for their misrepresentation of Egypt.
After Black Panther by Ryan Coogler and The Eternals by Chloé Zhao, Marvel will continue to diversify, on both sides of the camera. Expected this year on Disney +, Miss Marvel (Iman Vellani) will be like this the first superheroine of Pakistani origin and Muslim faith of History, while some episodes of the series were directed by the Belgian duo of Moroccan origin Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life, Batgirl).
The next series of the MCU, Moon Knight, meanwhile, will be set in the United States and will follow Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac), a former U.S. Marine-turned-mercenary who was granted supernatural powers by the Egyptian god Khonshu (F. Murray Abraham) to become a vigilante. One of the main directors is Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab, who went behind the camera for four episodesin addition to his role as executive producer.
His first film as a director, The women of bus 678 from 2010, already focused on Egyptian society and culture, which will also be found in substance on the competition side, at DC. In the movie black adamexpected on October 19, Dwayne Johnson will play the titular superhero, who received his powers from ancient Egyptian gods, which is far from exciting Mohamed Diab, as he confided in a recent interview translated by The Direct :
“I was very annoyed when DC set Black Adam in a fictional Middle Eastern country and used that as an excuse to recruit people who aren’t Egyptian, when the movie was obviously supposed to be set in Egypt . It shouldn’t be wasted on representational opportunities, but that’s not a total mistake since it’s based on comics that don’t mention Egypt.
[Ndlr : Pour Moon Knight] I wanted to showcase as much Egyptian talent as possible. Each culture must be represented by its people. So I hired actors, an editor, a costume designer, an artistic director and a composer who are all Egyptian.”
If the missed appointment black adam in terms of representativeness has a hard time passing, the director minces his words even less about Wonder Woman 1984, which takes place in the United States, but relocates its action to Egypt for a sequence, in which the villainous Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) travels to the country to meet an oil baron. And if the technical poverty of the scene can be pointed out, it is there again the way in which his country is represented which disconcerted the director, as he confided during an interview with SFX Magazine :
Wonder Woman 1984
“In my pitch [ndlr : de Moon Knight], there was a whole section about Egypt, and how it’s been misrepresented throughout Hollywood history. It’s always exotic, we call it orientalism, which dehumanizes us. We are always naked, always sexy, always bad and excessive. You never see Cairo. You always see Jordan, Morocco and sometimes Spain which we want to pass off as Cairo, which makes us really angry. I remember in Wonder Woman 1984 there was a whole sequence in Egypt and it was a shame for us. There was a sheik, which makes no sense to us. Egypt looked like a country of the Middle Ages. It looked like the desert.”
The perfect opportunity, and unrelated to Marvel or DC, to remind you that the Egyptian film will be released in French theaters this Wednesday, March 23 feathers, which deserves a look. For its part, the Moon Knight series will be launched on Disney+ from March 30.