Anthony Mackie has been saying a lot lately. After (jokingly?) lending his support to Donald Trump’s presidential race, the Captain America star is now weighing in about Marvel’s upcoming flick, Black Panther.
Black Panther first debuted in the ’60s and centers on T’Challa, the leader of the Panther Tribe of the African nation of Wakanda. It was a groundbreaking character and comic, and would be Marvel’s first film starring a Black superhero.
Joe Robert Cole, a veteran Marvel writer (who’s Black), has been tapped to write the screenplay, and for a while, Ava DuVernay was rumored to direct. After DuVernay said she wasn’t going to shoot the film, Black Panther’s been looking for a director.
Mackie, who plays Falcon in Marvel’s Captain America franchise, recently said Black Panther’s director doesn’t need to be Black because “as a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit!”
Makie, who thinks race and gender shouldn’t be a factor in who tells a particular story, seems to subscribe to the Matt Damon School of Diversity.
“The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. 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.”
He added: “So I think it all depends. May the best man — or woman — win.”
While it’s true, talented people of diverse backgrounds can tell just about any story, a Black writer and Black director may bring a bit more nuance to the Black Panther’s groundbreaking story.
What do you think of Anthony Mackie’s comments?