Actor Anthony Mackie, who not too long ago urged that Marvel’s hiring practices are ‘racist’, has supplied a clarification about his feedback. Mackie performs The Falcon within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is all set to choose up the mantle of Captain America.
He informed Fatherly, “I’ll say this: I don’t think what’s happening is a racism problem. I think it’s an unawareness problem. With Marvel, I really think with most companies, they feel like they’re doing what they should be doing. In no way, shape, or form, is it enough.”
“My big thing is, put your money where your mouth is. You can’t cast a Black dude as one of your main superheroes and not expect him to have that conversation. It’s just in my DNA to have that conversation,” he continued. “It’s a huge opportunity for me to be part of the Marvel universe so it’s my job to make sure the Marvel universe is as good as it can be.”
Previously, the actor had stated in an episode of Variety’s Actors on Actors collection that he’s towards the token hiring of Black folks in entrance of the digicam, however not behind it. “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,” he stated. “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?… 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.”
Directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — brothers Joe and Anthony Russo — additionally commented on Mackie’s statements. “I think we can always all do better at diversity constantly in this business, and in every facet of every industry — so he’s not wrong at all,” Joe stated in a podcast look. “I think that we all have to work harder to keep endorsing and supporting diversity on both sides of the camera.” Anthony added, “We have a ton of respect for Anthony Mackie. He is not only an amazing actor, but he’s an amazing person, and we’ve loved our collaboration with him.”
Marvel is attempting to diversify each in entrance of and behind the digicam on its future tasks. Ryan Coogler will return to jot down and direct Black Panther 2; Chloe Zhao is directing The Eternals, starring a multiracial forged; Cate Shortland directed Black Widow; Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Shang-Chi, starring a principally Asian forged, and Deborah Chow is in talks to direct future tasks.
Marvel government producer Victoria Alonso in a current Reddit Q&A stated that the studio intends on bringing extra variety to its upcoming slate. “I can tell you we are actively working on making our universe as diverse and inclusive as we can. Be patient with us. We have a lot coming in the future,” she stated.
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