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Captain America: The Winter Solider took in an astounding 96.2 million this past weekend. That makes CA: TWS the highest grossing April release of all time, now that’s serious. Want to know why it took in that much dough? Simply put, IT’S AMAZING! I took my husband and daughter to see it last night, they both enjoyed Sam Wilson aka Falcon a lot, and for good reason, he did a phenomenal job as Falcon and playing a hero. I’m pretty sure Sam, and his wings will make more appearances in the successful cinematic franchise that is Captain America.
In Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomes a new Super Hero by introducing Falcon, who has been a fan favorite in comic books since 1969. Anthony Mackie plays the Falcon, also known as Sam Wilson, a former paratrooper trained in air combat. Mackie was actually hand-picked for this role by the directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
The Falcon may be new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the Falcon has been around for a long time, and was actually the first African-American mainstream comic book character. “The Falcon is interesting because if you look at the Falcon and the reason I commend Marvel for putting the Falcon in this movie is the Falcon’s history is something that is very unique. The Falcon had about three or four different incarnations in the life of the comic book. In the ‘60s, he was a drug dealer and a hustler from Harlem, that moved to California and became a pimp. And flew to Brazil to pick up some drugs. Crashed and was drug into a lab and made the Falcon. Then Falcon became a military technician and a military expert. So as African-American culture evolved in America, so did the Falcon.” Mackie said.
It’s easy to tell the Falcon is a role Mackie was honored to play. “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ You know, and that’s the thing that always gets me.” Mackie is proud to be a role model for children everywhere, especially back home in New Orleans.
The Falcon can fly and soar with his special suit that was developed by military ops and kept under wraps. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Sam Wilson reveals his Super Hero talents to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).
When we asked Anthony about his costume he confessed that, “Every time I put on the costume, I just want to go outside and smack some bad guy. So that’s what’s a little weird to me. It’s like being this Super Hero for real.”
Anthony was asked if he looked for advice from earlier Marvel Super Heroes when he got offered the role as Falcon. I thought his response was pretty impressive. Mackie answered by saying “No. I did not want to mess up my experience. I completely wanted to come into this naïve, ignorant and like my virginal eyes not knowing anything. ”
Mackie went on to tell us about his experience showing up when shooting started, remember, Mackie likes to exaggerate a bit when he’s talking, “So when I showed up, it’s funny because Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) has done like 15 Marvel movies. Chris and Scarlett have done like 6 each. And you know, Sebastian has done 3. So I was like, don’t kill my vibe. Like I’m having a good time, we’re doing a Marvel movie, we get the best craft services. We’re in California. You know, they basically shut down the city of Cleveland. So everywhere we went, people were like, You know, so it’s like, wow, I know how Denzel feels, you know. So I was soakin’ it up. Chris and I have a very good relationship. And literally got to the point where we would show up on set. And we were like seven-year- olds. I mean, we had that first day where it’s like, deal with 35-year-old men in costume.” I find it fascinating to get an actor’s first-hand account of how they felt starting a movie. It’s sort of nice to know Mackie is so humble.
Mackie said that when he started acting he knew he wanted to eventually play a Super Hero. “When I got this call, it kinda put things in perspective. I feel like a lot of people are famous for different reasons. Some people are famous because they’re handsome. Some people are famous because they’re British. I’m very happy that I’m famous because I can act. And I feel like this is a job I got because I deserved it.”
I just want to throw this in there because I have a 6-year old daughter that needs good female characters to look up to, especially on the big screen. Mackie said “But there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that. There are so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money, in the world of being famous. And little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.” I find it fascinating that Mackie notices these things about the entertainment industry, and that makes me like him even more.
Anthony Mackie is a truly humbled by his success and he’s so polite, incredibly funny, charismatic, and it’s easy to tell the role of Falcon is a dream come true for him.