Anthony Mackie calls out Marvel over several whitewashed projects

29 Juin, 2020, 18:39 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Anthony Mackie

"So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie".

During a recent episode of Variety's Actors on Actors, the actor told Daveed Diggs: "When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes out, I'm the lead".

"It was really incredible just because I feel like we're the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints".

Leading up to that moment, they talk about the pressure on celebrities to be leaders and how Mackie doesn't want to just stand on a podium making Avengers quips because "that's stupid" and frankly I agree. However, they're still using the same people who work on the movies.

The Avengers star summed up his thoughts by saying that Marvel should, ultimately, hire the best people for the position but at least make an effort to diversify the crew. And so the stunt stuff - everything is just on another level. Every show, every movie, they just push it - they push the envelope so much.

After having stopped shooting in March, Mackie hopes to get back to it soon.

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However, Mackie also notes that Marvel Studios needs to step it up when it comes to rounding up talent behind the scenes. Reading his interview with Snowpiercer star Daveed Diggs about the relative lack of diversity at Marvel, and within Disney's array of superhero films, it's clear Mackie is on the ball with his critiques.

Mackie noted that Nate Moore has been the only Black producer that he's seen working on Marvel Studios productions, with the exception of Black Panther. "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".

He said that, as a leading man, he will try to push for this as he has "the power and the ability to ask those questions". Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs.

He's not wrong! But can Marvel and Disney - and really, the whole entertainment system - change so suddenly, and in the way that we all really need it to right now??

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