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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Anthony Mackie Takes Flight in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The star talks about getting his wings as the Falcon in Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'!

Regardless the situation, being the newbie sucks. And it’s even more awkward when you’re a newcomer joining a team of veterans who already have an established rapport with one another. But having a friend on the inside helps, and it supplied Anthony Mackie a leg up during his transition into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after he signed on to play Sam Wilson/Falcon in Marvel's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in theaters April 4.

“I’ve known Chris [Evans] for a long time and…he’s someone I really consider to be a friend outside of [the movie industry],” Mackie revealed.

Falcon takes flight

Anthony Mackie in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Evans and Scarlett Johansson, who were making their third appearances as characters Captain America and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, didn’t sugarcoat things for the new guy.

“I show up all excited, and the first day it’s like playing sports and a rookie shows up and [Evans and Johansson] are like, ‘Whoa, kid. It’s not what you think. It’s not that much fun. You’re gonna be hanging upside down [and spending] long days sweating in the heat,’” Mackie said. “And they were right. It’s a lot of long, hot work in heavy suits.”

And while shooting his first scene, Mackie got a taste of just how difficult playing the role of a super hero could be.

"The first day we shot they had me jumping backwards off of a 30-foot platform head-first into the pavement."
“The first day we shot they had me jumping backwards off of a 30-foot platform head-first into the pavement,” he explained. “They were like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll catch you before you hit the ground.’ I’m like, all right. I didn’t have rehearsal [or]…stunt training. I didn’t have anything. They’re like, ‘Just stand backwards, run, turn around at the edge of a platform and jump backwards and shoot your guns over your head while you’re [falling] back.’ I doubt if we’re using that footage, but that was definitely the hardest day that I had.”

But the role challenged more than his intestinal fortitude; his acting chops were also put to the test.

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon

“I’m very impressed with my ability to act with a green screen,” he joked. “It’s difficult because they’re like, ‘There’s a ship and it’s coming towards you, so run!’ So you just run. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier” takes place after Loki and the Chitauri army tore up New York in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” In the time that’s passed since the devastation of NYC and the revelation that super heroes are an integrated part of society, Captain America, now residing in Washington, D.C., has teamed with Black Widow to fend off various threats to the planet as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to Mackie, the plot doesn’t allow too much backstory for Falcon, however viewers will still get a thorough introduction to his character.  

“They kind of use this movie to establish my relationship with Black Widow and Captain [America] and Sam Jackson’s character, Nick Fury,” he explained. “[Falcon] is really a military, tactical, [and] driven force. He works with Cap not so much out of self-preservation, but more so out of respect and honor because they’re both military guys and they both share a common bond within the military. [Falcon is] just a stand-up guy that can fight really well.”

Eventually, that mutual respect leads to friendship.

Falcon and Captain America

Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans star in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
“There’s a whole scene geared towards [Captain America and I] coming together as friends, and Cap pulling me into his circle,” Mackie revealed. “For the two of us, it’s more so that our relationship is built out of camaraderie in the military.”

The way the film has been put together--the realism instilled in sensational and highly imaginary scenarios and storylines--is what Mackie believes sets “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and, for that matter, all of Marvel Studios’ films, apart.

 “I feel like a lot of super hero movies that Marvel does not do are hard to get into because it’s a bunch of super heroes running around doing super hero [stuff],” he said. “With [‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’], you can look at certain characters and identify with certain characters so it pulls you into the movie and the way it’s written is a very grounded, actual, realistic story with a dude in a blue suit running around with a shield.”

Get your tickets now for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in theaters April 4, and for the latest news and updates on Cap stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter and like Captain America on Facebook!

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TheRealEverton member

Great film, arguably their best yet and Mackie was a big part of that.


I liked his character a lot. Good choice - he did a great job. In an awesome movie!