Anthony Mackie Thinks Marvel Has Lack Of Diversity In Movies
Marvel’s Anthony Mackie delivered his thoughts on lack of diversity present behind the scenes at Marvel Studios. The actor, who plays as Falcon and will be starting his story alongside the Winter Soldier, was speaking to Variety when he talked about the Black Lives Matter Movement. It seems like this has become a hot topic for the entertainment industry now as all major actors belonging to the BIPOC community are being asked to weigh in their thoughts regarding it.
Anthony Mackie Is Bothered By Lack Of Diversity Behind The Cameras
Anthony Mackie could not help but notice how everyone behind the cameras in the MCU projects are mostly black. He even used the term “every single person” is white.
“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.”
However, he also noticed how everyone was black when it was time to produce Black Panther. From costume designer to director and producer, everyone he saw was black.
“But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”
Nate Moore’s 2018 movie Black Panther won an Oscar nomination as well. Anthony Mackie then suggested his fix over this problem. He urged Marvel to hire the best person for the job regardless of the gender of color.
“My big push with Marvel is hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”
Do you agree with Anthony Mackie?