The united demand for racial equality has transcended into all industries, with a renewed call for more Black representation in the entertainment industry. This goes not just for actors that are seen on screen, but the creative forces behind the camera as well. Anthony Mackie, who has portrayed the Falcon since his MCU debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, recently advocated for more diversity on the sets of Marvel Studios' films.
In response to Mackie's comments, two of the most experienced directors within the MCU recently stood by the actor's comments, advocating for more diversity as well.
In an interview with MovieMaker, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo were asked their opinion on Anthony Mackie's recent comments regarding the need for more diversity on Marvel Studios sets.
In response, the directors both stood by the actor's comments, with Joe Russo stating:
“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 further emphasized the brothers' support for Mackie:
“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.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Marvel's gallery of heroes consists of a number of diverse characters, each with unique cultural backgrounds, and Marvel Studios has made strides in adapting those characters into feature films and shows. Black Panther was a milestone in its featuring a predominantly Black cast and Black director, and it has inspired more diversity in the film industry going forward. Ultimately, as Anthony Mackie noted in his comments, there is still much more work to be done and Marvel is no exception, and now he has two of the biggest voices of Marvel Studios standing by him.
As the Russo Brothers stated, there is always the goal to do better in regards to representation, namely on both sides of the camera. Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and The Eternals are a few examples where equal representation is at the forefront, but Marvel Studios shouldn't stop there. This will be an ongoing goal for the future ahead.
As long as prominent voices like Anthony Mackie and Russo Brothers help advocate for that goal, Marvel and the industry as a whole will be heading in the right direction.