Actor Anthony Mackie, who will star opposite Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as the Falcon in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, talked to Entertainment Weekly briefly about his role in the film, currently filming in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to EW, the Falcon’s revised Marvel movie universe role is of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/professional peer of Black Widow (Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), “although his sense of duty makes him less cynical and closer to the salute-the-flag sensibility of [Steve] Rogers.”
Mackie told EW said the film version of the Falcon is “a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader, he’s not some guy that fell into this.”
“The most important thing I got from everybody at Marvel about the Falcon was the need to show that he’s a very righteous, man-forward kind of guy. He would do anything to protect the man next to him and to protect his country. That’s the integrity of the character and the integrity of the man and that that’s what I have focused on.”
And although the Falcon has been beat to the big screen by other black superheroes like Blade and War Machine, Mackie takes seriously the responsibly and is inspired by playing a character that was the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books (1969). “The biggest thing for me, the most exciting thing for me, is to come out on Halloween and see all the little black kids dressed up like the Falcon,” Mackie tells the magazine. “There are so many parts of our society that are not catered to or represented fully and this will give a new generation of our society someone to look up to and identify with. That’s why I am so intensely focused on bringing the character to life in a special way.”
EW also has found an old TV commercial for Mego’s 1970’s ‘World’s Greatest Superhero” line of actions figure dolls. Skip to the 0:50 min mark to hear the Falcon described as ‘that great black superhero”.
And stayed tuned to the commercial for a few laughs when you get to the Fantastic Four segment.