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Anthony Mackie says Marvel Cinematic Universe – and Hollywood – need to improve on diversity

  • June 29, 2020

Anthony Mackie, who has played the superhero Falcon seven times, says the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to improve on diversity behind and in front of the camera.

Mackie, 41, spoke about his Marvel experiences going back to 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with Daveed Diggs, the star of TNT’s “Snowpiercer” for Variety’s Actors on Actors issue.

When asked by Diggs how he was interacting with Black Lives Matter, Mackie pointed out that he will be the lead Marvel actor for the first time in the Disney+ TV series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” due in August, just as Diggs is the lead of “Snowpiercer.”

Anthony Mackie, pictured in 2016, has called out Marvel's diversity.

“We have the power and the ability to ask those questions. It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies now where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” said Mackie.

He decried that there was one Black producer, Nate Moore.

“He produced ‘Black Panther,'” said Mackie. “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?”

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