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Anthony Mackie: Marvel Does not Have A Racism Drawback, It Has An ‘Unawareness Drawback’


Anthony Mackie, who performed Falcon within the “Captain America” and “Avengers” movies, revealed in a brand new interview with Fatherly that he believes that Marvel Studios and different corporations making Hollywood blockbusters endure from an “unawareness downside.”

“I don’t suppose what’s occurring is a racism downside,” Mackie stated within the interview. He clarified earlier feedback in June by which he known as out Marvel for having an overwhelmingly white employees on all of its movies and solely hiring a majority of Black employees for “Black Panther,” the one Marvel film that includes a Black superhero. “I feel it’s an unawareness downside. I actually suppose with most corporations, they really feel like they’re doing what they need to be doing. By no means, form or kind is it sufficient.”

Mackie has been vocal urging film studios to repeatedly rent various actors, movie crews and administrators for his or her ability reasonably than to hit a quota. Within the new interview, he stated that executives and financiers behind main movement footage such because the Marvel blockbusters are more likely to have workplaces and events which can be “98% white,” which reinforces a lack of expertise.

“The blessing about that’s, I can go into these conferences and say, ‘The subsequent time I am going into this assembly, I don’t need to be the one Black individual right here,’” Mackie stated, emphasizing that he felt it was his “job to ensure the Marvel universe is nearly as good as it may be.” 

“You may’t forged a Black dude as certainly one of your essential superheroes and never anticipate him to have that dialog,” Mackie stated, referring to himself. “It’s simply in my DNA to have that dialog.”

Mackie additionally addressed the finale of 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” by which an aged Captain America (Chris Evans) passes his iconic defend to Falcon, intending for him to inherit his legacy.

“It was humbling, simply merely due to my background and the place I got here from,” Mackie stated. “It’s much more humbling contemplating the place we’re as a rustic. … Having Captain America go the defend to a Black man.”

Mackie reprises his character within the upcoming Disney+ collection “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which was initially scheduled for launch in August earlier than manufacturing shut down in March due to COVID-19.

Learn the total interview right here.