Should MARVEL Hire A Black Director For BLACK PANTHER? FALCON Actor Weighs In

'Black Panther' title card
'Black Panther' title card
Credit: Marvel Studios
Anthony Mackie as The Falcon
Anthony Mackie as The Falcon
Credit: Marvel Studios

Marvel has yet to reveal who will be directing 2018's Black Panther film, and some have called for it to be a black director given the lead character and subject matter of the film. But for actor Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon, he doesn't think it's necessary.

“I don’t think [race] important at all,” Mackie, told the Daily Beast. “As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit!”

“The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story," Mackie clarified. "I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man - or woman - win.”

Earlier this year, Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige said that the studio would be more "overt and purposeful" in its pursuit of diversity with Black Panther as well as Captain Marvel.

"I think it will happen sooner rather than later, without giving too much away," Feige said. "But you look back sometimes, and it's just the nature of this industry, or the nature of the culture. But there's a big shift happening. What's exciting about Marvel, go back and look at the source material: It's been diverse in a cutting-edge way going back to the '60s, and I think we've represented that effortlessly and accurately in the movies we've made up to this point, but certainly with Black Panther and Captain Marvel doing it in a much more overt and purposeful way."

Black Panther is set for a February 16, 2018 release.

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