Ace directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo have reacted to actor Anthony Mackie's criticism of Marvel films lacking diversity in the crew. Mackie who portrays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in an interview with Variety said that the crew for seven Marvel films he has worked on were all white.
He went on to share that it bothered him to see that, everyone from producers, directors, costume designers to PA were white. The only black producer they had was for Black Panther. "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?"
Anthony Mackie Criticised Marvel For Lack Of Diversity
In an interview with MovieMaker, the Russo siblings spoke about Mackie's remarks and agreed with him, saying that there is a need for diversity and inclusion across the movie industry. Joe said, "I think we can always all do better at diversity, constantly in this business, and in every facet of every industry, so he's not wrong at all, I think that we all have to work harder to keep endorsing and supporting diversity on both sides of the camera."
Anthony Russo On MAckie's Comment
Anthony Russo added, "We have a ton of respect for Anthony Mackie. He is not only an amazing actor, but he's an amazing person, and we've loved our collaboration with him. He's a very smart guy."
Over the years, Marvel has been called out for the lack of diversity. The studio is now working on introducing more diverse superheros to the cinematic universe.
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