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Avengers: Endgame Directors Get Anthony Mackie a Star-Spangled Present

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, The original Captain America, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), gave the mantle to his fellow Avenger, Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). As a way of celebrating that change, the film's directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, got Mackie a special gift during a visit to Japan.

On their Twitter, the Russos uploaded two photos, telling a brief story of how they chose a present for Mackie. The first photo reveals the actual gift, a toy of Sam Wilson as Captain America, holding the iconic shield and looking like he's ready to do battle. The second photo features the toy in it's original packaging, with red text above it that simply reads "Mission accomplished...", while the city and the twilight sky fill the background.

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In the comics, Sam Wilson’s time succeeding a then-depowered and elderly Steve Rogers as Captain America only lasted a few years, as he eventually returned to the identity of the Falcon in 2017. However, the change seems to be a permanent one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's not yet known when Sam will officially become the new Captain America, though it seems likely that the upcoming The Falcon & the Winter Solider series for Disney+ will deal with the aftermath of this change.

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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.

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