Anthony Mackie in “The Avengers”
Avengers star Anthony Mackie talks about Marvel’s diversity efforts, which he says are lacking.
Mackie, who plays the high-flying Falcon character in the Marvel cinematic universe, revealed in an interview with his father about his thoughts on Black Lives Matter and the superhero’s franchise efforts to increase diversity.
In an interview published Wednesday, Mackie said Marvel had no problem with racism, but with awareness.
“With Marvel – I really mean most companies – they feel like they’re doing what they have to do,” he said. “By no means is shape or form enough.”
He added: “Anyone who is big in our industry, if they have a party in their house, their party is 98% white. If you go to their office and their office is 98% white, it reflects their reality.”
Mackie added that being part of the Marvel movies was a “huge opportunity” and that he felt responsible to “ensure that the Marvel universe is as good as it can be.”
“My big thing is to put your money where your mouth is,” he said. “You can’t play a black dude as one of your main superheroes and not expect him to have this conversation.”
According to Mackie, he is also candid about increasing the diversity behind the camera, for example when he was offered his role in Netflix’s “Changed Carbon.” Mackie joined the sci-fi show this year.
“When they made me the offer, I said, ‘It’s very important to me that at least one of the directors is a woman, and it’s very important to me that at least one of the directors is Black,'” he said.
Mackie also voiced his thoughts on the end of Avengers: The Ultimate Game, in which Captain America, played by Chris Evans, moves on his iconic shield to Mackie’s Falcon.
“It was humble, just because of my background and where I come from,” Mackie said of the moment. “It’s even more reassuring given where we are as a country. Marvel has done a lot when it comes to actors in front of the camera. Captain America has given the shield to the black man. Every studio needs to do more to bring more people into the business. “
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This isn’t the first time Mackie has criticized Marvel Studios for its diversity.
In Variety’s June issue of Actors, the actor expressed the problems he sees with the studio to David Diggs, the star of TNT’s “Snowpiercer.”
When asked by Diggs how he interacts with Black Lives Matter, Mackie said that for the first time he will be the lead actor of Marvel in the Disney + TV series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, which is due in August, just as Diggs is ahead of “Snowpiercer.”
“We have the strength and ability to ask these questions. It really bothered me that I’ve made seven Marvel movies now, where every producer, every director, every stuntman, every costume designer, every RA, every single person is white,” he said. Poppies.
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“He made the Black Panther,” Mackie said. “But then when you do Black Panther, you have a black director, a black producer, a black costume designer, a black stunt choreographer. And I’m one that’s more racist than anything. Because if only you could hire Black people for the black film, do you say they are not good enough when you have a mostly white cast? “
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