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? 

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  • mywordsaremypower

    He is on my coon list. Sorry Mackie you have said some very problematic things, this just tops it all off. Talking about it is to do with the directors ability to direct you and yes it also a directors ability to relate to the character and understand that he or she can translate that to an audience. This is what you get when Hollywood gets to your head and you think you above and beyond people seeing your skin colour. Mr Mackie your still black and still will always be black. I think this may be a thing now where celebrities management tell them to say some problematical shit to loose their black fans so they then can gain deluded white fans who will not see what he said as problematic and yell back and say it is not about race.

  • i can’t believe we’ve lost Anthony Mackey! ? can he just STFU now.