Anthony Mackie Offers More On the Falcon's Role in the CAPTAIN AMERICA Sequel

Updated | Reiterating how honored he is, Real Steel actor Anthony Mackie now says he knows a bit about the Captain America sequel's plot, and how the Falcon/Sam will fit, and much more!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/17/2012


In yet another interview with The Hurt Locker actor, Anthony Mackie expressed more excitement for his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Speaking with MTV News, Mackie reveals that he now knows more about the Marvel sequel's story, having chatted with duo directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Reiterating how he's honored to be playing Marvel's first African-America superhero, watch the video below!

UPDATE: In a separate interview with the New York blog Vulture, Mackie offered even more about the role.

"[Sam Wilson] is known for his physique. He's described as 6'3", 245 pounds, so starting Monday, for the next five months until we start shooting, I'm going back to high-school workouts and start doing two-a-days, so I get up to 230 pounds." Sounds major! "I'm going to try not to get a job between now and then, so I can really focus on this. Because Chris Evans is in such good shape! I'm just a dude he dragged into the lab that he injected with some shit, but I got to stand next to him. So we shall see! When I got the part, I called my brother, and I told him, 'Guess what I'm doing.' And I told him the movie and who I was playing, and he literally just gave me a litany of history about this character. He went in his closet, and he dug out a copy of the very first Captain America with the Falcon in it. So I said to him, 'Holy shit, you're an Über-nerd!'"
"I feel like every kid deserves a hero, you know?" he said. "And now that Spider-Man is Latino, I'm happy that little black kids are going to have the opportunity to say, 'Hey, I want to be the Falcon.' You know? So it's cool."





“It's amazing. The biggest part of it is, I think kids for so long have been looking for a role model or someone to look up to. I feel like this being truly the first African American superhero, being introduced in this movie and in this way, I feel like it's going to be great. The Russo brothers are great. They're very funny guys and they're great when it comes to storytelling. I'm interested in how it's going to turn out.”

“Marvel is really weird, because they don't let you look at the script. They're like, 'Listen, we brought back Robert Downey Jr., so you might want to be down with us,'" he laughed. "But there's going to be a lot of Anthony in a tight suit kicking ass. Everybody wanted me in spandex, and now you've got it — hours of it!”





Described as a political thriller, Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where the highly anticipated film “Marvel’s The Avengers” (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) continues his affiliation with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. With an expected return from James 'Bucky' Barnes (Sebastian Stan), actor Anthony Mackie is also set to star. And Anthony & Joe Russo (“Community,” “You, Me and Dupree”) take over directorial duties from Joe Johnston, who helmed the first film. And “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hits theaters on April 4, 2014.

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xsnakeplisskenx - 9/17/2012, 12:21 PM
uhm, hell yes
astromerc - 9/17/2012, 12:21 PM
I cant wait to see the new costume!
TucsonRican - 9/17/2012, 12:21 PM
I think he's a really good pick. Can't wait to see it. Hopefully its better than the first...
ComfortablyNumb - 9/17/2012, 12:26 PM
I agree. Great pick for Falcon. He's been pretty awesome in about everything I've seen him in. 8 Mile, The Adjustment Bureau, Hurt Locker. Very talented guy.
supermarioworldE - 9/17/2012, 12:29 PM
I'm just glad that Jeremy Renner wasn't the only star from The Hurt Locker to have a part in the MCU. Anthony Mackie is a freakin' beast.
WinterSoldier24 - 9/17/2012, 12:29 PM
Stoked to hear that everyone involved is taking it seriously! The first CA had some nice drama; if this has even more along with more classic "Cappy" action, should be fantastic!

I know there's some doubts about the Russo Bros. directing this one, but let's not jump the gun, here. They must've blown Marvels execs away with their vision. Who knows, they might knock it out of the park!

;P
Niuhll - 9/17/2012, 12:29 PM
He speaks very passionatly about it, very much looking forward to seeing what he does.
luckylu - 9/17/2012, 12:31 PM
as long as the costume is definitely inspired by 616 it sounds good to me
SKetCH - 9/17/2012, 12:37 PM
Anyone else notice his cryptic line...

" They're like, 'Listen, we brought back Robert Downey Jr., so you might want to be down with us,'"

Iron Man, as I recall, is RDJ's last 'already-signed-into-contract' Iron Man role. Could this have been one of Marvel's extra pushes to get this guy on board? Letting him know that the giant Phase 2 finale will indeed include the biggest players of this McU, so career choice It's probably a good idea??

I wouldn't doubt that Marvel has RDJ already lined up for the Avengers sequel.
Limehead - 9/17/2012, 12:38 PM
This shits gonna be awesome. Hes gonna be a huge motherfvcker
GoILL - 9/17/2012, 12:38 PM
Looking forward to seeing more from this film, good stuff Fresh.
ATrueHero1987 - 9/17/2012, 12:38 PM
Glad he's playing Falcon(would've rather him play Black Panther). I wonder if he's going to be in The Avengers 2? Falcon is going to be a main character in the new Avengers cartoon...
PsyGuy - 9/17/2012, 12:43 PM
Awesome! Can't think of a better choice to play Falcon...
PsyGuy - 9/17/2012, 12:43 PM
He was great in The Adjustment Bureau.
DrDoom - 9/17/2012, 12:44 PM
They'll sign RDJ to another six movie contract for sure. They don't want to lose on the MCU's star attractions. As for Falcon, I hope he signs up with the Avengers, because I was disappointed that War Machine wasn't let on the team in the first movie.
TheBeard - 9/17/2012, 12:53 PM
he was a great choice for the falcon. this is gonna be good. interested to see how marvel spins his backstory, the whole pimp,drugdealer shit wont happen. My guess at the start of the movie or close to it. we will see him as a kid in harlem, both parents are drug-addicts etc. Has a terriable childhood ends up in juvenille detenion. While there he's unsure of him self and where his life is going, enter stan lee cameo. While he's in a libary the janitor walks in see's him staring out a window. Lee tells wilson the answers arnt out there, and thathe needs to look inside himself and find inner strengh, and be more like cap. Wilson has no idea who cap is reads up on him becomes inspired turns his life around. BAM! simple and believable.
KaneVonDoom - 9/17/2012, 1:01 PM
SKetCH: I think what he meant was that Marvel brought back RDJ's career.

Loki9876 - 9/17/2012, 1:04 PM
I'm glad he got the role he's so glad with it, he's commited and passionate
Grievo - 9/17/2012, 1:24 PM
I'm all for Spandex, but is anybody else just hoping he's a Shield Agent? Red Falcon just seems to gimmicky to be brought into the MCU. Also, first black Superhero? Has he not seen Iron Man 2 (War Machine)? The Blade trilogy? METEOR MAN?!
soaponapope - 9/17/2012, 1:24 PM
he was awesome as sgt sanborn

MrReese - 9/17/2012, 1:26 PM
Bring on Papa Doc!!! XD
Scion - 9/17/2012, 1:26 PM
Did he just say that Marvel was hinting at Stark being suited up in The Winter Soldier?
TheAbomination - 9/17/2012, 1:32 PM
It's nice that Marvel is introducing some more cultural diversity to the MCU and to mainstream blockbusters in general. Now if only they can get the ball rolling on Black Panther...
Ranger14 - 9/17/2012, 1:45 PM
Mackie is listed anywhere from 5'10" to 6' tall depending on the source. He has a good 2-3 inches on Jeremy Renner, who is listed anywhere between 5'8.5" to 5'10" tall, based on the various images of them together.

5'10" and 230 lbs would be a little bulky/stocky for Falcon. I don't think Falcon should look like a stocky bodybuilder, but he should look in great physical condition.
Rowsdower - 9/17/2012, 1:56 PM
Black kids aren't going to look up to Falcon. He's a lame character.

I think they'll stick with Storm, Black Panther and War Machine.
Luminus - 9/17/2012, 2:16 PM
@JustinCJWiggins: War Machine was a government weapon. Blade is a vampire hunter and doesn’t fight crime. Meteor Man was a parody. Hancock was a drunk @$$hole. The Mantis was irrelevant (does anyone even remember?) and wasn't a movie. So, technically, I think he might be right about being the first black hero on film, taking my examples into account.
Luminus - 9/17/2012, 2:19 PM
But then there's Storm. He must have forgotten about her. And when I say crime, I mean normal crime and not vampire feeding habits.
lokibane2012 - 9/17/2012, 2:23 PM
Hmmm...

Didn't know that you could only look up to superheroes of your own race. Guess I'm gonna have to cancel my subscription of pretty much every superhero comic book.
Luminus - 9/17/2012, 2:27 PM
@lokibane2012: you have no concept of human psychology, do you? The need to belong; the need to be a part of something familiar; the need to have similar people represented as being worth something like the present majority.
Ranger14 - 9/17/2012, 2:42 PM
Per the last article and my posts there...

Mackie is referring to Falcon being the first Marvel African-American superhero in the comics, which he was. Black Panther was African, but not African-American and he is the only black Marvel superhero that preceded Falcon.

...and where did Mackie say that you can only look up to superheroes of your own race? Nowhere did he say that. He said that black kids can have the opportunity to say they want to be the Falcon.
OrganizedChaos - 9/17/2012, 2:48 PM
God I hope the Russo bros lay off comedy bits that don't need to be in the tone of Cap 2
blackula - 9/17/2012, 3:04 PM
@lokibane2012.. I know what you mean but what I don't think the original comment was meant like that... for years just like everything else, there are no true hero movies that are diverse, I think with the exception of Blade, yes they were vampires but never the less they still wanted to dominate the world and that is a bad guy does and heroes fight them. Once we start seeing heroes of other ethnic backgrounds, and you have asian kids saying, I want to be like Luke Cage and White Kids saying they want to be Apache Chief without closed minded people saying you can't be like them because your ethnicity is such and such, we can't get away from the race topic. My 2 favorite heroes are Batman and Spiderman(Peter Parker but do like Miles) which are white but switch places for a second, what if all comic book mainstream heroes were black, wouldn't you want a hero and say wow he looks like me? Once we break the barriers i promise, race would be a mute topic. It's becoming like that in sports now, before they would never compare a black football player to a white one and as stupid as it sounds was only because of race. Now RGIII is being compared to John Elway in a lot of ways and it may not seem huge but it is
lokibane2012 - 9/17/2012, 3:04 PM
"I feel like every kid deserves a hero"
-Good, that's a nice thought.

"now that Spider-Man is Latino (, Latino kids can relate to him)"
-As opposed to when he was white?

"I'm happy that little black kids are going to have the opportunity to say, 'Hey, I want to be the Falcon.'"
-So is something off about little black kids saying 'I want to be Superman or Batman or Spidey'


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@Luminus

"Similar people" is not limited to race. I can relate to Spidey's nerdiness, dorky behavior, and guilt because of his big mistakes just fine. I can relate to Superman's naivety just fine. I can relate to Flash looking up to his heroes and following in their footsteps just fine.

I don't need to be the same color to relate to somebody.

Just because of the color of my skin, is Baz and a few others, the only characters I can relate to? No. I feel no connected to Baz on a human/personality level. He is nothing like me, apart from the color of our skin.

Ergo, you have no concept of either psychology, or common [frick]ing sense.

Don't bring up the human mind, when you obviously understand so little about it.
drfate - 9/17/2012, 3:06 PM
Falcon isn't the first black superhero...he forgot about Nat Turner!
lokibane2012 - 9/17/2012, 3:07 PM
My initial comment was a passing sarcastic remark.

Some of you questioned my logic, so I explained it. Please, don't turn this into some annoying flame war, that I have no interest in participating.
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/17/2012, 3:51 PM
I'm definitely loving this man's dedication and enthusiasm with his role for Falcon. That type of outlook on CBM roles will surely convey an amazing performance from an actor/actress. I honestly cannot wait for CA: TWS when comes 2014. Surely there will be some updates on Captain America's suit and with Falcon's suit, I hope they do a bit of both of Earth 616's and Ultimate 's design for the suit. Have him wear a sort of skydiving jumpsuit with harness attached to the wings and throughout the suit have a design that is reminescent to the 616's costume (a dark red throughout this design). So there you can have a mixture of both and make it fit in the MCU. Just sayin'. :)


Stay EPIC, my friends!
Ranger14 - 9/17/2012, 4:01 PM
Lokibane@ There is nothing uncommon or inappropriate about someone who relates more to a role model within their race or gender. It doesn't mean they can't relate to someone outside of that and it has to be a mutually exclusive thing. Who do you think a woman is going to look up to more as a role model...a successful male CEO or a successful female CEO? The psychology on race and gender-based role models is very sound. I deal with it a lot in my work in the community here, in both leadership and cultural diversity programs. There are countless research studies on the topic. This article covers some of that research. The introduction should spell it out quite clearly.

http://www.mills.edu/academics/faculty/educ/szirkel/02tcr.pdf
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/17/2012, 4:03 PM
Seeing as how CA: TWS will have Steve affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D. (not sure if S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a huge role or a small role in the sequel), I wonder if they might have Hawkeye tag along with Cap and Falcon....





But then, I don't this sequel to end up being another "Iron-Man 2" film (too much characters, main character being bombarded with too many added characters). If Marvel Studios can find a way to have these characters in this sequel without it being another "Iron-Man 2" film, then fine with me. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. :)
CrashTest - 9/17/2012, 4:15 PM
Big big fan of Mackie. After the hurt locker I wanted to see him as Luke cage along side Hawkeyes again but Ill take him as the Falcon. Cant wait to see him in action!
RedNTheHood - 9/17/2012, 4:42 PM
can't wait for this!
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