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Anthony Mackie Thinks Marvel Has an 'Unawareness Problem'

Anthony Mackie is speaking out again after calling out Marvel.

If you don’t know, Anthony has starred in several Marvel films as Falcon. He will reprise the role in Disney+’s upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Previously, Anthony called out the major movie studio, saying, “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. We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, 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?”

In a new interview, Anthony was asked, “You recently put Marvel on blast for not having enough people of color working on their films. What prompted you to speak out?”

“I’ll say this: I don’t think what’s happening is a racism problem. I think it’s an unawareness problem. With Marvel, I really think with most companies, they feel like they’re doing what they should be doing. In no way, shape, or form, is it enough. My big thing is, put your money where your mouth is. You can’t cast a Black dude as one of your main superheroes and not expect him to have that conversation. It’s just in my DNA to have that conversation. It’s a huge opportunity for me to be part of the Marvel universe so it’s my job to make sure the Marvel universe is as good as it can be,” Anthony told Fatherly. “Anyone who’s big in our industry, if they have a party at their house, their party is 98 percent white. If you go to their office and their office is 98 percent white, that reflects their reality.”

Read Anthony‘s full comments he originally made about Marvel right here.

Marvel Delays Premiere of 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' On Disney+

Disney has announced that the planned premiere The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which was set to happen in August, won’t be happening after all.

The series, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in their Marvel roles, has been delayed after the Disney+ list of new shows for August was released this week.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was one of the first television shows to be shut down over concerns of the coronavirus. They were about a week into filming in Prague when the shutdown happened.

A week or so later, Marvel shut down most of its other projects as well.

Anthony spoke to Variety in a recent interview about the shutdown.

“We were in Europe, and everything got crazy in Europe first,” he said. “So they shut us down two weeks before the U.S. shutdown. It was really amazing just because I feel like we’re the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints. And that was always my [experience], ‘It’s Marvel, we could shoot forever.’”

He added, “They’re like, ‘Nah.’ So it was a very different experience from the rest of the movies. But at the same time, it was a lot of fun.”

Stay tuned for an expected new premiere date.

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Anthony Mackie Calls Out Marvel for Lack of Diversity, Points Out What Is 'More Racist Than Anything Else'

Anthony Mackie is pointing out something that Marvel has done that is “more racist than anything else.”

If you don’t know, Anthony has starred in several Marvel films as Falcon. He will reprise the role in Disney+’s upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Anthony said in a conversation with Daveed Diggs for Variety, “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.”

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore,” Anthony added. “He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, 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?”

He also added what changes he would like to see from Marvel in future hiring practices

He said, My big push with Marvel is 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. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”

If you missed it, Anthony confirmed some exciting Marvel news concerning his new TV show.

Anthony Mackie Is Helping Essential Grocery Store Workers in New Orleans

Marvel star Anthony Mackie is teaming up with United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA), the New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) and Entergy New Orleans to launch the United for Grocery Workers Relief Fund!

This initiative will directly help the essential grocery store workers throughout the Orleans Parish area by providing them with a one-time $150 direct credit toward workers’ Entergy New Orleans utility bills, Deadline reports.

“We often take for granted the people that are always there for us. I go to the grocery store 3-4 times a week for me and my family,” Anthony said in a statement. “Every time, I come face to face with essential workers who are providing me and so many others with one of the most important necessities, food. Now, more than ever, it is important that we express our gratitude and appreciation.”

Find out how Anthony and his upcoming Marvel project were impacted by Coronavirus.

Anthony Mackie Discusses Filming Marvel's 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier' - Watch! (Video)

Anthony Mackie is the new Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The 41-year-old actor made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (March 3).

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During his appearance, Anthony discussed his new movie, The Banker, based on a true story.

He also discussed becoming Captain America after the last Avengers movie, and working on Falcon & The Winter Soldier.

“We started shooting a few months ago. We’re almost done. The shield is in good hands,” he teased of being handed the Captain America shield. Click here for pictures on the set!

Watch him discuss the upcoming Marvel movie…


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Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson & Nia Long Debut 'The Banker' in Memphis

Anthony Mackie poses with Nia Long at the premiere of their new movie, The Banker, held at the National Civil Rights Museum on Monday night (March 2) in Memphis, Tenn.

The two actors were joined by co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Taylor Black, Xen Sams, Bill Kelly and Gralen Bryant Banks for the event.

Inspired by true events, The Banker centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.

Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur.

Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything they have built.

The Banker will premiere in select theaters on Friday, March 6, with the film heading to Apple TV+ on March 20.

See the official trailer below!

30+ pictures inside of Anthony Mackie, Nia Long and Samuel L. Jackson at The Banker premiere…

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Anthony Mackie Confirms Sam Wilson Will Become Captain America in 'Falcon & The Winter Soldier'

Anthony Mackie has confirmed that Sam Wilson indeed does become Captain America in Disney+’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor addressed taking on the persona of the fictional superhero as a black man.

“With the idea of being a black man and becoming Captain America, it’s been a daunting task because I think, at this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country,” Anthony shared. “And my race represent us as a country because we’re truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American. We’re all Americans.”

He adds, “To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people.”

Anthony also discussed how fans will get to know Sam more in the series, which launches in August.

“You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So, I’m excited for people to see that part of Sam because in Avengers and in Captain America, he really was just like there for a brief time whenever Steve needed him. But now you get to see the ins and outs of his home life,” he says.

He continued, “So these shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They’re not origin stories. They’re more a day in the life story.”

Check out his answer in full below, and watch the first look at the series HERE!