Published on June 29, 2020
Anthony Mackie, star of the Avengers films and the upcoming show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, called out what he says is a lack of behind-the-scenes diversity on Marvel productions outside of Black Panther.
Mackie spoke on the issue with Snowpiercer star Daveed Diggs as part of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” interview series. Mackie told Diggs he was “bothered,” that most crew members on Marvel sets are white.
“Every producer, every director, every stunt-person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” said Mackie. “We’ve had one black producer — his name is Nate Moore.”
Mackie pointed out that Moore produced Black Panther, which was the top-grossing film of 2018 and the only Marvel film produced, directed, and otherwise creatively conceived by Black artists.
“You have a Black director, Black producer… and I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else,” said Mackie. “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?”
Mackie said he felt obligated to push race issues as a prominent black actor. He said to Diggs, “We definitely have the power and the ability to ask those questions.”