Anthony Mackie says Black Panther movie doesn’t need black director


We recently reported on how Marvel has been actively pursuing black directors for Black Panther, the first Marvel Studios film starring a black character. Marvel has eyed Selma’s Ava DuVernay and Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray. I understand where Marvel is coming from since I think they want a black director because they would probably understand the character more than a non-black director. Personally, any director should be able to get a shot if they can deliver a faithful and kickass film. Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, disagrees with Marvel’s approach in an interview with The Daily Beast.

“I don’t think it’s important at all. 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. 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.”

Do you agree with Mackie?

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, hits theaters on February 16, 2018. He’ll first appear in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.

Source: The Daily Beast

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