Anthony Mackie talks Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Discusses playing the first African-American superhero

Flushed with the staggering success of The Avengers, Marvel will go into its Phase 2 sequence of films brimming with confidence, and ready to introduce a few new characters into the mix from its huge roster of talent.

One of those characters will be the Falcon, Anthony Mackie’s character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the star has taken time out to explain what an honour it is to play Marvel’s first African-American superhero.

“I'm playing the Falcon,” he told Comingsoon.net. “He's this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers.”

“He's the first African-American superhero,” he continued. “It makes me feel all the work I've done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That's a huge honour for me.”

No word as yet on how the Falcon will be used in the sequel, although we’d imagine he’ll be working in tandem with Cap to take down the revived Bucky Barnes, the “Winter Soldier” of the title. The film opens in the UK on 4 April 2014.
 

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    • aberis

      Sep 17th 2012, 10:14

      Great to see the Falcon being used in a movie. Although he is not the first African-American superhero. That would be Goliath (1966) a member of the Avengers; and Falcon wasn't created until 1969. Even so, still good to see the character being used.

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    • EddieFelson

      Sep 17th 2012, 10:20

      I think he is talking about being used in a film...

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    • aberis

      Sep 17th 2012, 10:32

      Oh ... You mean other than Samuel L's Nick Fury?

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Sep 17th 2012, 11:50

      As they didn't make the Captain America suit look silly at all compared to the other Avengers I am sure The Falcon's suit will be dignified and not make him look like Foghorn Leghorn.

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    • mattburgess

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:12

      "he can fly, has telepathic powers" - I really hope this isn't true of the film.

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    • mattburgess

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:15

      aberis - Nick Fury isn't "super", neither is War Machine, so Falcon still works as Marvel's first black superhero on film, unless you want to miss the point entirely and trawl through every Marvel film ever made. I'm sure you'd find one or two in X-Men movies

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    • Senver

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:18

      Is Samuel L's Nick Fury a superhero?

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    • aberis

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:25

      @senver Well, Nick Fury has Enhanced Intelligence, Halted aging from the Super Soldier Serum, Healing factor and Superhuman strength, speed, and agility. However it had not been portrayed that will in the movies; but technically yes.

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    • mattburgess

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:45

      But not in the movies, which is what we're talking about here, so... no.

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    • SiMan

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:56

      Isn't Balde a Marvel character......i thought he was also pretty 'heroic', so isn't he the first African American superhero on screen?

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    • SiMan

      Sep 17th 2012, 12:56

      **I mean Blade of course, (d'oh)

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    • mattburgess

      Sep 17th 2012, 14:06

      lmao! I'm pronouncing it "Baldie" for poops and giggles.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Sep 17th 2012, 14:37

      I see the dividing line between whats super and what isnt is getting more blurred. I think its a stretch to say the first black superhero.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 17th 2012, 16:33

      Been a fan of Anthony's for awhile so it's great to see him land a big role. He would have been better for Black Panther though, Marvel kinda missed the mark with this.

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 17th 2012, 17:39

      Its all poops and giggles, until someone giggles and poops :D

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 17th 2012, 20:41

      Have you been watching Step Brothers again ? " I took my real estate exam for sh...... and gigs."

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    • angriergeek

      Sep 20th 2012, 19:51

      Sorry, Matt, but Blade was the first on film, followed by Storm, followed by War Machine and yes, War Machine is a superhero. If he's not then neither is Iron Man.

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