Writer and producer Malcolm Spellman is the creator behind Marvel's latest project, the Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which co-stars Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier).
Spellman recently spoke to Yahoo Entertainment as part of its Game Changers series, and shared his thoughts on the challenges in breaking through as a screenwriter, and how race plays a role in his new show.
"Sam [Wilson] is a black man. And not only is he a black man, he's a black man from the South," Spellman said. "And we knew that the stars and stripes [shield] ... that symbol in his hand doesn't mean the same thing it does in Steve [Rogers'] hand."
During his early days as a screenwriter, Spellman recalled pitch meetings that were "so biased."
"I would take meetings and execs would straight up say to your face, 'Hey, great to meet you Malcolm. Now, you know, we don't do black projects here,'" Spellman said.
Watch more from Spellman in the video above.