When Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits screens next April, fans will be introduced to The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie, a character that is one of the first African-American superheroes in comic book history. The actor revealed how this role is a chance of a lifetime for him, working alongside actors such as Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.
"It's a cool story and brings in some amazing characters and the Falcon is one of the things that fans are already excited about. It's a movie that has kind of turned into a bigger-than-life opportunity for me. I've had these little milestones along the way and now to play a superhero and to work with people like Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris? It's just turned into this amazing moment."
When asked about The Falcon's background, the actor revealed that he has trained extensively to become a military leader.
"(He 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."
He also spoke about The Falcon's integrity, and how he would do anything for his country.
"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."
When asked what he is most excited for when the Marvel Phase Two sequel hits theaters next year, he said that he can't wait to see little kids dressed up as The Falcon for Halloween.
"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."