Even though a company is big and successful, it can still contain some flaws in its system. Though, the people working under it might not call it out immediately, but eventually they do. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, is one such company with a conspicuous flaw present in it. A lack of diversity among its members. One of their own actor, Anthony Mackie who has played the role of Falcon in MCU films, is now calling them out.
In an interview with Variety’s actor on actor series, Mackie talked about this issue, and said :
“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, ever stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.”
While, Black Panther, a film by Marvel represented all black characters, still it has a problem. This was highlighted by Mackie as he went on to say, 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?”
A strong criticism has been present against the MCU films. Their lack of female characters and people of colour has been called out in the past too. Only, Captain Marvel is the sole female superhero to have a standalone film in the universe, up until now. Although, Black Widow who has been sidelined in many films, is getting a standalone film too.
While, the problem won’t be solved soon, Marvel managed to solve it a little, with Black Panther. The 2018 film, depicted African culture in the right sense, had strong female characters and an all black cast, which was appreciated by everyone. Though, a lot of work is still left to be done.
Meanwhile, Mackie will play the role of Falcon again in Disney+’s new series, Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The show will premiere on August 20.