Anthony Mackie Criticizes Marvel Productions for Lack of Diversity

During a recent interview for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” the MCU’s Anthony Mackie talked to Snowpiercer’s Daveed Diggs about the need for more diversity in Marvel movies.

As the two discussed their recent projects, Mackie said “When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes out, I’m the lead. When Snowpiercer came out, you’re the lead. We have the power and the ability to ask those questions. 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.”

“We’ve had one Black producer. His name was Nate Moore. He produced Black Panther,” Mackie continued. “But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, you have a Black costume designer, you have 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?”

Concluding, Mackie added “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 resume 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.”

A few months back, Mackie spoke more in depth about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, stating that fans will be surprised how evolved the characters are on the upcoming Disney+ series.

Aside from Mackie and co-star Sebastian Stan, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier also features the return of Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo and Emily Van Camp’s Sharon Carter, as well as Wyatt Russell as John Walker – aka U.S. Agent.

Click here for a quick rundown of how Sam Wilson became Captain America in the comics, which seems to be what this series is angling to do given how Avengers: Endgame concluded.


Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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