Anthony Mackie has been making the media rounds promoting his new movie 10 Years, which means a whole lot of people have had the chance to quiz him about his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We’ve been excited ever since Mackie first landed the role as the Falcon, and now he’s finally opening up about what drew him to the role.
“It’s amazing,” he told MTV News in a recent interview. “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.”
Although he hasn’t seen a copy of The Winter Soldier, he did say he had a “meet-and-greet” with Marvel where they gave him a tease of what the story is about. Mackie said that the story — as he’s heard it from the lips of Marvel executives — will fit into the Winter Soldier storyline in the comics.
“There’s going to be a lot of Anthony in a tight suit kicking ass,” he said. “Everybody wanted me in Spandex, and now you’ve got it — hours of it!”
In a separate sit-down with SuperHeroHype, Mackie said that he’s been reading up on the Falcon to prepare him for the movie. “Although the production doesn’t start until next March, he told us he’s starting his training soon and that he got his hands on a whole collection of the Captain America and the Falcon comics from the ‘70s, particularly the run written by Steve Englehart that helped define the character,” SuperHeroHype writes.
The element of Sam Wilson’s backstory that Mackie apparently finds most interesting is the fact that he moved to Los Angeles to become a drug dealer and a pimp before he became a superhero, but Mackie doesn’t know for sure whether those plot points will make it into the final iteration of the script. “He’s just as anxious as everyone else to see how The Falcon will be used in the movie,” the website claims.
Mackie also recently caught up with Newsday to talk about the Falcon. He gave a basic rundown of his knowledge of the character and why he’s looking forward to playing him.
“I’m playing the Falcon. 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,” Mackie said. “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 honor for me.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out on April 4, 2014.