Hollywood has been taking a closer look at how to increase diversity, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception.
Anthony Mackie, who has played Falcon several times in the MCU, recently talked with Daveed Diggs who plays main roles in Snowpiercer and Hamilton for Variety’s new Actors on Actors issue. The subject of their talk mainly focused on the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry, specifically in the MCU.
Diggs asked Mackie about Black Lives Matter, “What are the ways that you find yourself interacting with the moment? I find a lot of my interactions are just trying to make things better in the gigs I have in front of me — how can I affect different kinds of representation? What is the thing you feel compelled to do? What is your participation in this moment?”
Mackie responded by referencing his role in a new show for Disney+, “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.”
Mackie went on to say, “We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced Black Panther. 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?”
“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,” Mackie said. “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.”
Watch the entire conversation below:
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