Anthony Mackie takes aim at Marvel film bosses for whitewashing action film sets

Actor Anthony Mackie attends the Special Screening Presentation of "Seberg" at the Ryerson Theater during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Day 3 on September 7, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario. VALERIE MACON / AFP/Getty Images

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Anthony Mackie has taken aim at his Marvel film bosses for failing to include black filmmakers in any of their movies.

The actor, who has starred in several Marvel films as Falcon, will reprise the role in Disney+’s upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but that hasn’t stopped him shining a light on racism at the top.

During a new conversation with actor Daveed Diggs for Variety, Mackie says, “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.

“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?”

But Mackie doesn’t want Marvel bosses giving anyone preferential treatment in the future, insisting, “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 because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their resume 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.”