Actor Anthony Mackie, who played Sam Wilson aka The Falcon in Marvel films, has criticized Marvel’s hiring process behind the camera. McKee has stated that she has been a part in seven Marvel projects, with the crew being predominantly white.
“When Falcon and Winter Soldier come out, I’m the chief. When the snowpiercer comes out, you are the chief. We have the power and ability to ask those questions, ”McKay told actor Daveg Diggs in a recent episode of the Variety Actors on Actors series. “It really bothers 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.”
He wondered what was the rationale behind hiring a mostly Black crew for Black Panther. “But then when you do black panther, you have a black director, a black producer, you have a black costume designer, you have a black stunt choreographer.” And I like, it’s more racist than anything else. Because if you can only hire black people for a black film, are you saying they are not good enough when you have a mostly white cast? “
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McKee concluded by saying that Marvel Studios should eventually “appoint the best person for the job.” Even if it means that we are going to get the best two women, we are going to get the best two men. “
Marvel is trying to diversify on its future projects both in front of and behind the camera. Ryan Coogler will write and direct Black Panther 2; Chloe Zhao is directing The Eternals, which features a multi-layered cast; Kate Shortland directed Black Widow; Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Shang-chi, mostly Asian actors, and Deborah Chow is in talks to direct future projects.
Recently at Reddit Q & A, Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso said that the studio intends to bring more diversity to its upcoming slate. “I can tell you that we are actively working on making our universe diverse and inclusive. Be patient with us. We have a lot in the future, ”he said.
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