Anthony Mackie, who plays The Falcon in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, has shed light on diversity in Marvel productions, both in crew and cast. In an interview with Variety, he shared his vision and experience on the amount of diversity in Marvel movies, and how it should be approached to better tackle racial differences in the film industry:
“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.”
Therefore, he says people from other ethnic groups should have a greater presence. In spite of that, though, he analyzes the way this was treated in Black Panther, the very first movie starring a black superhero as the main character, wondering whether it is the right way of approaching this important issue for future instalments:
“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 yo 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.”
To their, Marvel is also expanding its diversity in other collectives, such as the first LGBTQ character in The Eternals, the representation of main female characters in Black Widow, and the exploration of diverse cultures in the upcoming Moon Knight.
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