Anthony Mackie Explains Attraction to ‘Falcon’ In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Anthony Mackie Explains Attraction to ‘Falcon’ In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Delving into the character's comic book history, Gangster Squad actor Anthony Mackie reiterates his attraction to The Falcon role in Marvel's upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Amid promotional efforts for Gangster Squad, Anthony Mackie recently chatted with Black Film about taking wing his The Falcon in Marvel's anticipated sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While the actor has discussed the script and costume in past interviews, Mackie now explains what attracted him to the role while also delving into the character's comic book history.

“Every time I go see the comic book movie and I have a 3 year-old son and he’s always telling me he wants to be Spider-Man or Captain America. It’s unfair for little black kids not to have a superhero to look up to. When I got the call about the Falcon that was a no brainer. I feel that this is for a whole generation who has the opportunity to know a superhero like we did. We grew up with Spawn and Meteor Man. Every kid had a pot or can and thought they were Meteor Man, so I’m excited for a bunch of kids to say that I’m the Falcon.”

“The Falcon was a short-lived comic book series. If you look at the time in which they introduced the Falcon and what they were trying to do with him, it was an interesting cool character that wasn’t executed well at all. That’s why when the comic book died, they re-introduced him as a Robin to Captain America’s Batman, just to re-spark the life of the character. It’s one of those things where if you are not a real comic book fan and it was short-lived, you wouldn’t know who he was; whereas Black Panther had a long run with an individual comic book.”

In other news sort of related to Captain America: The Winter Solider, the actor behind the (sub) titular character, Sebastian Stan, recently starred in the play Picnic. And photos from the Broadway surfaced, showing that Stan has bulked up; more than likely in preparation for the Marvel sequel.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where the highly anticipated film “Marvel’s The Avengers” leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D, and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. Starring Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and is scheduled for release on April 4, 2014.
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jessepostal - 1/11/2013, 1:25 PM
Meteor man! Old school haha he forgot blank man though
DioFoRio - 1/11/2013, 1:27 PM
Blankman, MeteorMan...Howwa Bout HandiMan!
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 1:37 PM
What made him attracted to this movie? The Avengers made a Billion, Cap will make bank as well.
MarkJulian - 1/11/2013, 1:54 PM
Spawn and Meteor Man....Yup, he went there!
MarkJulian - 1/11/2013, 1:56 PM
Also, Stan looks toned but he's nowhere near big enough. Needs more whey!
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/11/2013, 2:04 PM
The real black superheroes Shaft, Superfly and Bill Cosby

BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/11/2013, 2:11 PM
I really trust in Mackie to flip this role like Ruffalo did with Hulk. He will get much praise because it is true, where are the Minority superheroes, Homosexual/lesbian, disable superheroes that every kid can look up too. It is only fair that everyone have a hero that they can respectively relate to physically, mentally, socially, economically and characteristically.

marvel72 - 1/11/2013, 2:20 PM
what about steel? actually forget about steel,i'm sorry for bringing that abortion up again.
BANEofExistence - 1/11/2013, 2:20 PM
Not to be a dick, but Im so sick of always hearing the "Black superhero argument" War Machine, Storm, Blade, Nick Fury... Were they not black? I dont know its just been getting annoying to hear all these "Black actors" say "Oh ya we need Black Heroes because well they r black...." U want a black superhero role model? Bring on The Black Panther Marvel! Or even Luke Cage... Not these lame ass characters like The Falcon...
Oarsis - 1/11/2013, 2:28 PM
@BANEofExistence...THANK YOU. I am tired of the whole "my kids don't have a black superhero to look up to" crap also. I know it sounds wrong to say, but you never hear a white, Asian, Hispanic, or any other group of people saying that they have a superhero to look up to. It's not like kids go to these movies searching for a black or white or hispanic hero. They go for the fun and action. As a 17 year old, I was a kid not that long ago, and not once did I ever go see a superhero movie in search for a "hero to look up to". I had those in my life; my mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma were all the heroes I needed. Not a ficitional character.
gambgel - 1/11/2013, 2:30 PM
would have preffered to see Black Panther before him on the movie universe

but anyway, lets just hope his role is decent
Oarsis - 1/11/2013, 2:37 PM
@TheRealRemyLeBeau...I can see where you're coming from. I just have extremely strong opinions on certain topics.
DrDoom - 1/11/2013, 2:38 PM

He better. War Machine as well. I was disappointed he wasn't in the first.
HugeCapfan - 1/11/2013, 2:38 PM
Where the @#$%& did Mackie get his research???? The Falcon did not start in his own comic series or was introduced as a Robin to Captain America, .... Falcon first popped up in a Captain America comic book, someone that Cap brought out the 'Hero' in, ...since Cap is a Hero's Hero. Plus Marvel comics in the 60s and 70s were becoming grittier and down-to-earth (Heavily influenced by those Black exploitation movies). The dissillusionment of the government system after Watergate, New York city in an Economic depression and racial tensions in big cities led to lots of stories dealing in 'urban problems'.
Falcon teaming up with Captain America rooted Cap to the real world of the 70s, trying to make Cap relevant for the audience of that time, than a product of WW2. It's liken to making Cap part of the Avengers, rooting and making him relevant to the new readers of the 60s launch of the Marvel U.
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 2:42 PM
@Bane -

War Machine is a sidekick, Storm was barely used in X-Men, Blade is appropiate and Nick Fury isn't a superhero.

Besides Blade, not a lot of Black Superheroes leads.

@ Tweeeeeenies3 - At 17, I don't think your adult self needs a superhero to look up to. I'm pretty sure they're talking about little kids. Some people relate to people who look like them, it's no big deal. Just learn to put yourself in other people's shoes. Also, when the make Goku and Ang white, Asians had a problem with it. They said why don't we have Asian heroes to look up to. Caucasians never have to worry about someone who looks like them...Captain America, Batman, Superman...

You guys have a problem, can't believe something so minute bothers you.

MarkV - 1/11/2013, 2:45 PM
I REALLY hope they fix the costume. It's really, REALLY bad!
TheGambitFreak - 1/11/2013, 2:47 PM
Yeah, Stan is getting it done along with Grillo and Mackie! HOWEVER, WHERE YOU AT EVANS! YOU NEED TO BE BEEFY, CAP'N!

CavEl - 1/11/2013, 2:48 PM
Sociologist call what Bane and Tweeeenkie just posted as white privilege. Google it.
CapFan79 - 1/11/2013, 2:51 PM
Geez, what crap. Unfair for a black kid to not have a hero? What about the moral values of heroes regardless of race? Superman isn't a human so I can't look up to him! And Meteor Man, really - that was crap as was Spawn.

Anyway, to me The Falcon sounds like the total weak link of this sequel. Other than this I'm super stoked since Cap was my favorite pre-Avengers movie.
dellamorte1872 - 1/11/2013, 2:55 PM
dellamorte1872 - 1/11/2013, 2:56 PM
CapFan79 - 1/11/2013, 2:56 PM
I get that he's saying he wants to be a good hero for black kids, and honestly that's a good thing, especially with the crap we all normally see. I just think the way he presented it sounded sort of lame.
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 2:59 PM
@ dellamorte1972 - I'm pretty sure he was talking about comicbook movies. Little kids don't read comics...from the '80s. -_-

Calm down, buddy. -_-
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 3:01 PM
@ dellamorte1972 - Everything I go see the comic book movie
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 3:01 PM
Straight from Mackie's mouth.
dellamorte1872 - 1/11/2013, 3:05 PM
STILL DUMB she was more integral to the films than BEAST, ICEMAN or ANGEL and was 3rd in command did you SEE the movies? yes she wasnt as integral as say WOLVERINE but still pretty [frick]ing important
Oarsis - 1/11/2013, 3:06 PM
@PatriotsSuperguy...White privilege? Really? There are plenty of black caracters out there that people can gladly look up to. They choose not to, though. It's not a matter of white people having more privilege, or opportunities, but the fact that we do have colored characters out there. I am not trying to start an argument. It's just the fact that some people are ignorant, and refuse to do research to find these characters.

Like @dellamorte1872 said: Storm has been extremely influential to blacks; women could also be highly influenced by her. She still leads teams today. It's all a matter of finding these characters. They aren't only in film.
SunfireUrA55 - 1/11/2013, 3:09 PM
Blacks are so lucky to have black super heroes where as the Asian male population is still struggling to have their own super heroes (with superpowers not the ones who are martial artists) in the comics/movies.

It's quite upsetting to keep seeing idiots(DC/Marvel) creating Asian male characters who MUST know some form of Martial arts and that is ALL they MUST have...they're Not allowed to be super heroes.
CapsUnknownSidekick - 1/11/2013, 3:13 PM
Let me say, I'm all for getting some racial and gender diversity out there with our CBMs but I do have a question. Why can't a young black kid look up to Cap? What precludes the connection? I don't think race factors in for the kids as much as the heart of the character. Just saying.

Also, I don't think anyone that ever read Captain America looked at Falcon as a sidekick. He was a partner with equal say, not a student or a charge. Those two always seemed like two cops walking the same beat to me. I've always loved the dynamic of the friendship/partnership that Falcon and Cap have, and if done well I really think it could propel them both into the next level of popular recognition.

Here's to hoping!
ATrueHero1987 - 1/11/2013, 3:13 PM
@LEVITIKUZ I kinda knew that for awhile. I mean, they cancelled EMH so they can have a new show featuring the heroes from the movies(which is dumb by the way) and Falcon is the only one that wasn't in The Avengers movie. So yea, we can bet on seeing him in The Avengers 2.

I would be kinda surprised if he wasn't in the sequel.
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 3:30 PM
First of all, I don't give a shit about black or white superheroes. I don't even know why I keep responding.

@ Dellamorte - Yeah, name one thing Storm did in Brian Singer's X-Men movies...I'll wait.

@ tweeeenikies - First of all, that's not what white privilege is alone. White privilege is you saying you can't understand why black kids can't relate to a white superhero. Since 90% of the superheroes in movies are white, you obviously can't relate. Simple. What most Caucasian teens have to deal with growing up is completely different from what most African Americans deal with. Like Baz, he shows how Muslim Americans deal with different issues growing up. Just learn to look at life from a different person's perspective.

@ CapsUnknownSidekick - Simple, like how many people can relate to Spider-Man because they grew up in the suburbs and wanted a girl who they pinned after for years, I'm sure African American would like a character that deals with issues they can relate to too.

Again, what's the big deal. How does what Mackie say bother some of you? We all know he's bullshitting anyway. He's doing this movie for a paycheck...calm down.
ahhmynuts - 1/11/2013, 3:31 PM
what about pootie tang?
CoolantTech - 1/11/2013, 3:36 PM

Oarsis - 1/11/2013, 3:37 PM
@PatriotsSuperguy...I never said that was the only thing it was. I never said that white people do not face what black people do. Or Muslim people. Or any other race. But, seriously, what do you face now? You have equal rights, you have movies, books, video games, and other forms of media with leading black characters. You aren't any more or any less than a white person, or any other race. We all go through the same things these days. My best friend is black, and we go through the same things on a daily basis. The only difference is that she is female.
Super12 - 1/11/2013, 3:38 PM
I remember Meteor Man haha, I loved that movie!
AUSSYACE - 1/11/2013, 3:44 PM
I just cannot wait to see how well they adapt the costume in real life while still making it look cool and valid for today's audiences.,.

As we all know these types of costumes are done either of two ways...

Either really well or really shit...
CavEl - 1/11/2013, 3:46 PM
@ tweeeeenkies3 - Why do you keep saying you? You have this and that? When did I say I was black? =D
Funsize - 1/11/2013, 3:47 PM
I'm hoping for a pic of the Falcon costume soon :)
Oarsis - 1/11/2013, 3:47 PM
@PatriotSuperguy...Whether you are, or not, you get what I mean.
shamo - 1/11/2013, 3:49 PM
spawn and meteorman ahhahahah.. let em KNOW wassup!
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