At some point, Anthony Mackie is just going to have to stop talking. The actor with the gift of troll-worthy gab recently revealed that he thinks a Black director for Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther film just isn’t necessary.
Marvel has been reportedly looking for a director for the film based on the African superhero after the renowned Ava DuVernay turned down their offer.
Being that the character is of color, and since most superhero flicks have been helmed by white guys, word is Marvel is looking for a Black director. However, Mackie thinks that isn’t necessary.
“I don’t think it’s 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. 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.”
Of course the best director should get the gig. But, considering Black Panther will be Marvel’s first superhero flick based on an African superhero (hailing from the fictional African nation of Wakanda), it being helmed by a qualified Black person is certainly a big deal.