Comcast Launches XFINITY On Demand Short Film that Highlights African-American Contributions to Popular Superhero Stories

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In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast launched a new short film that puts a spotlight on some of the talented contributors behind America’s favorite superhero stories, shows and movies. 

“Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind The Mask” is a 12-minute short film that includes interviews with:
  • Phillip Boutte, Jr. costume illustrator for films: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Justice League”
  • Cheo Hodari Coker showrunner of the popular series “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix
  • Dr. Sheena Howard award-winning author of “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation” 
  • Alitha E. Martinez, comic book illustrator best known for her work drawing Marvel’s “Iron Man” and contributed drawings to comic book series, ‘World of Wakanda’
  • Reginald Hudlin, film writer, director and producer with credits including “Marshall” and the graphic novel “Black Panther: The Complete Collection”
  • Floyd Norman, Disney’s first African American animator with credits including “Mulan” and “The Jungle Book”; subject of the documentary ‘An Animated Life’
  • Phil LaMarr, voice over artist for several characters in the DC Comics Animated Universe and Star Wars: Rebels
  • Ciara Renee, actress – currently starring as ‘Hawkgirl’ on the CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow”
The short film will be available starting today within the “Black Film & TV” destination on Xfinity on Demand, online at, on the Xfinity Stream app or by saying ‘Black Film & TV’ into the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote.
“Comics, sci-fi and animation have long been popular genres within the African American community,” Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Consumer Services, Comcast Corporation, said. “We hope viewers will be inspired by this content and learn more about the powerful contributions this community has made to the world of sci-fi entertainment.”
In addition to “Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind The Mask,” Xfinity On Demand will offer several new films celebrating historical heroes this February including ‘Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,’ BET’s “Madiba,” TVOne’s “Behind the Movement,” Smithsonian Channel’s “Malcolm X: The Lost Tapes,” and The Africa Channels’ “Fighting for King and Empire,” along with special premiere clips for the highly anticipated film, “Black Panther.”

Xfinity On Demand’s Black Film and TV destination is a curated collection of shows, movies, music videos, and web content featuring African American actors, content creators, musicians and sports figures.

With a library that includes over 800 titles including historical documentaries, biographical films, and specials; it continues to serve as the permanent place on the Xfinity on Demand platform where Black History is always on.

About Comcast
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit for more information.

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