Anthony Mackie has criticised Marvel Studios for its lack of diversity when hiring production crews for big-budget projects.
The actor, who is best known for playing Sam Wilson/Falcon since 2014, believes Marvel has a responsibility to ensure greater diversity among casts and production crews.
Speaking as part of Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series, he said: “It really bothered 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.”
Mackie went on to note that while Black producer Nate Moore had produced Black Panther, casting a largely Black cast and production crew on the movie wasn’t the progressive move it necessarily appeared.
“I’m like, that’s more racist that anything else,” he said. “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?”
He added: “Hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men.”
His comments come as he prepares to reprise the role of Falcon in upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The series will see him assuming the mantle of Captain America after Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) handed over the title at the end of Avengers: Endgame.