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Russo brothers on Anthony Mackie’s criticism of diversity in MCU: We can always do better

Anthony and Joe Russo, best known for directing Avengers: Endgame, have responded to Anthony Mackie's comments regarding MCU's lack of diversity.

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2020 4:55:25 pm
Anthony Mackie mcu diversity, russo brothers, mcu, Anthony Mackie Even before Anthony Mackie, MCU was frequently criticised for the lack of people in colour in prominent roles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Director duo Russo Brothers have responded to Anthony Mackie’s criticism of the lack of diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anthony and Joe Russo have directed four films for MCU, including the last two Captain American films, and the last two Avengers films.

Mackie, who plays the role of Sam Wilson or Falcon in MCU films, had pointed out the lack of people of colour in the movies, both in front and behind the camera. He had said while speaking for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, “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.”

The Russos, while speaking on a podcast with MovieMaker, held forth on Mackie’s statement. 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.”

Anthony added, “I think that we all have to work harder to keep endorsing and supporting diversity on both sides of the camera. 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.”

Also Read | Avengers Endgame star Anthony Mackie reveals he was bothered by MCU’s lack of diversity

Even before Mackie, MCU was frequently criticised for the lack of people in colour in prominent roles.

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