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“Avengers” star Anthony Mackie is talking about Marvel’s diversity efforts, which he was missing.
Mackie, who plays the flying Falcon hero in the Marvel Universe of Cinema, managed to interview Fatherly about his thoughts on Black Lives Matter and the superhero franchise’s efforts to increase diversity.
In an interview published Wednesday, Mackie said Marvel has no problem with racism, but with awareness.
“With Marvel – I think really with a lot of companies – they feel like they’re doing what they have to do,” he said. “By no means, shape or form is enough.”
He added: “Everyone who is big in our industry, if they have a holiday in their home, their party is 98% white. If you go to their office and their office is 98% white, that reflects the their reality. “
Mackie added that being part of the Marvel movies was a “huge opportunity” and that he feels responsible for “ensuring that the Marvel universe is as good as possible.”
“My great thing is, put your money where it is in your mouth,” he said. “You can’t portray a Black man as one of your main superheroes and not expect him to have that conversation.”
According to Mackie, he was also given a discussion about the increasing diversity behind the camera, such as when he was offered his role on Netflix’s “Altered Carbon.” Mackie has joined the science show this year.
“When they made the offer, I said,‘ It’s very important to me that at least one of the directors be a woman and it’s very important to me that at least one of the directors be Black, ’” he recalled.
Mackie also gave his thoughts on the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw the Captain of America, played by Chris Evans, pass on his iconic shield to Mackie’s Falcon.
“She was humble, just because of my background and where I came from,” Mackie said of the moment. “It’s even more humble considering where our country is. Marvel has done a lot as far as the actors in front of the camera. After the Captain of America passes the shield to a Black man. Every studio has to do more about the introduction of ‘more business people.’
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This isn’t the first time Mackie has criticized Marvel Studios on diversity.
In the June issue of Variety Players, the actor expressed the problems he sees with the studio Daveed Diggs, the star of TNT “Snowpiercer”
When asked by Diggs how he was interacting with Black Lives Matter, Mackie pointed out that he will be the main Marvel actor for the first time in the Disney + series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, due in August, just as Diggs is the lead of “Snowpiercer.”
“We have the power and the ability to ask those questions. I feel like I’ve made seven Marvel movies now where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person was white. , “Mackie said.
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He decided there was one Black producer, Nate Moore.
“He produced a Black Panther,” Mackie said. “But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, a Black producer, a Black costume designer, a choreographer of a Black stunt. And I’m like him, that’s more racist than anything else. Why if you could just hire People Black for the movie Black, are you saying they aren’t good enough when you have the most white making? ”
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Contributing: Bryan Alexander
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