The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie is opening up about taking on the role of Captain America following Steve Rogers offering his shield to Sam Wilson at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.
"You know what, to be honest, it’s very emotional. I’ve been in the business for 20 years and I’ve been fortunate to do some amazing stuff and work with amazing people," Mackie told Deadline of taking up Captain America's shield. "For me, to be a Black man in 2019 and be given the helm of Captain America with the history of Black men in this country is a monumental step, not only in entertainment, but also in my life. It’s been extremely emotional. Look, my grandfather was a sharecropper, you know what I mean? There’s a lot of history and pain and triumph and joy that comes along with me being Captain America."
"I think the great thing about this project, and the reason I feel this is like winning a lifetime achievement award, is because now as fathers we can sit down with our sons and have a different conversation," Mackie elaborated. "In the past, it was always the conversation as Black fathers that we had with our kids about how to be safe when they left home, about how not to entice police officers, about how not to walk through certain neighborhoods. But now we can have the conversation with our sons about what it means for him to grow up and possibly be Captain America. It’s been a very emotional few months."
Mackie's debut as Captain America hasn't been revealed - he'll still be in the mantle of the Falcon (with a newly redesigned look) for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in 2020.