Anthony Mackie Explains Why Playing Captain America is 'A Huge Challenge'

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, an elderly Steve Rogers gave a new red, white and blue shield to his friend and partner, Sam Wilson. The implication was that Rogers was now passing the Captain America mantle to the Falcon, who would try his best to live up to the legacy of the world's first Avenger.

Now, in a new interview with CinemaBlend, actor Anthony Mackie discusses the massive challenge that comes with following in the footsteps of Chris Evans.

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"I love Chris," Mackie said. "Chris is an amazing Cap. And I feel like, what he’s been able to do with that character, very few people have been able to do in any cinematic universe or span of films. Because he’s played Cap for a lot of movies. To take that over, to be a part of that, the legacy of that, is a huge challenge. It’s something where a lot of people are going to expect me to be Chris Evans in the same suit, but a black dude. And that’s definitely not gonna happen."

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Sam Wilson's adventures will continue in the Disney+ live-action series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series will see Sam team-up with Bucky Barnes, as the former presumably comes to grips with the Captain America mantle. While little details about the series are known at this time, it's rumored that two Captain America: Civil War characters, Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), will return play a role on Falcon and the Winter Soldier. While the series is set to premiere on Disney's streaming service, it does not yet have a release date. Disney+ is set to launch on Nov. 12.

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is in theaters now, and will soon receive a re-release featuring several new after-credits scenes and a special tribute to the late Stan Lee.

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