Chris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press
Chris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press

Every summer, Hollywood comes to Comic-Con International, the carnival-like pop culture convention here, to promote its coming mass-market movies. And the offerings usually have a numbing similarity.

Macho directors — almost always white men — stride onto a stage and introduce footage of sparring superheroes, and then trot out cast members (again, mostly white) for some schmaltzy chitchat about loving their characters. Rinse and repeat.

There was plenty of that kind of thing this year, too. But for the first time, studio presentations paid more than lip service to diversity.

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