'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Anthony Mackie 'Very Proud' To Be Falcon

by Brett White

As Anthony Mackie continues shooting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in Cleveland, a new Entertainment Weekly interview with the man behind Falcon has been released. The article dives deep into the classic character's comic book past and his notable role as the first African-American superhero. Falcon's important place in comic book history is one that Mackie respects.

"I'm really proud of that history," Mackie tells EW. "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. 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."

Mackie talked a little bit more about his character, revealing that he's a colleague of Black Widow and Hawkeye and is every bit as competent (as shown in these set photos), saying that he's "a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader, he's not some guy that fell into this."

Mackie adds: "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."

Sure sounds like the Falcon to us. Mackie's already revealed that Falcon will play a major role in the film, so it sounds like 2014 could be Falcon's big year.

[via Entertainment Weekly]

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