A story can be good but be bad at diversity. A story can be bad but be good at diversity. A story can be bad and bad at diversity. A story can be good and good at diversity. A story can be bad because it’s bad at diversity. A story can be good because its good at diversity. These things aren’t mutually exclusive but nor are they innately linked. Stop treating stories as good or bad purely on the basis of how they handle their diversity. Its important but it’s not THE absolute priority. Power Rangers has lots of diversity and sucks. Superman 1978 has little diversity and is awesome. the 1990s Captain America has little diversity and sucks. Into the Spider-Verse has lots of diversity and is awesome. Get the writing right first and foremost and secondarily try to nail the diversity. But don’t conflate the two as innately connected.
‘Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse’ was STUNNING, and possibly my new favorite movie of all time. It really showcased the possibilities of what a visual medium like animation can do that others can’t, and demonstrated the difference between a ‘superhero movie’ and a ‘comic book movie’ while being both at once. I think it revolutionized what the ‘infinite canvas’ could look like (sorry Scott McCloud, but your examples have been… weak) and I really hope it encourages other creators to push the potential of what entertainment and art can do! I left the theater more inspired to get back into storytelling than I’ve felt in years.