Anthony Mackie On How It’s Been “Extremely Emotional” To Take Over The Captain America Mantle

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Disney+ has launched, but we’re still months away from seeing any of the promised Marvel series.

The first of them The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is already filming. In it, we’ll see Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) grow into his new role as Captain America following the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Talking with Deadline about his upcoming films, Mackie did take a moment to talk about taking over the mantle of Captain America. He put in the context of what it means for a black man to have the mantle in 2019.

“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. 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.”

It has been teased that part of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will examine how the MCU at large reacts to a African-American man taking on the mantle. It looks like the history and the significance of it won’t be swept under the rug.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere in 2020.

Bec Heim