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Avengers: Endgame directors respond to Marvel Studios diversity criticism


Joseph and Anthony Russo directed Avengers: Endgame (Picture: Rich Polk/Getty Images)

Avengers: Endgame directors Joseph and Anthony Russo have addressed claims that the sets of Marvel Studios productions lack diversity.

Their comments follow Anthony Mackie, who has played Sam Wilson/Falcon in various movies from the universe since 2014, recently saying in a Variety video: ‘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.’

Responding, the Russo Brothers agreed with Mackie, with Joe saying the criticism is ‘not wrong at all.’

Speaking to MovieMaker, he said: ‘I think we can always all do better at diversity, constantly in this business, and in every facet of every industry – so he’s not wrong at all.

‘I think that we all have to work harder to keep endorsing and supporting diversity on both sides of the camera.’

Anthony Mackie spoke out about lack of diversity on film sets (Picture: Getty Images North America)

Anthony added: ‘We have a ton of respect for Anthony Mackie. He is not only an amazing actor, but he’s an amazing person, and we’ve loved our collaboration with him.’

Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing film of all time, making $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office.

In his original complaint, Anthony also questioned the largely black cast and crew of Black Panther, saying: ‘I’m like, that’s more racist that 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?’

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