Anthony Mackie Confirms He’s Taking On Role Of Captain America In New Disney+ Series
Mackie, 41, has already earned his stripes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having previously played Falcon/Sam Wilson in several of the Avengers, Captain America and Ant-Man movies.
The new series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will pick up where we left things at the end of Avengers: Endgame, when Wilson was handed Captain America's shield, as *SPOILER ALERT* Steve Rogers, the previous incumbent of Cap's uniform, had time-travelled back to resume his old life with lost love Peggy Carter.
Mackie - who is currently starring in the second season of Netflix series Altered Carbon - told Shadow and Act: "With the idea of being a black man and becoming Captain America, it's been a daunting task because I think, at this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country."
He continued: "And my race represent us as a country because we're truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American.
"We're all Americans... To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody, not just a specific group of people."
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Loosely based on the comics of the same name, the series will follow Wilson and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and is due to drop on Disney+ at some point in August.
Chris Evans announced he'd be stepping down as Captain America back in 2017, when he confirmed that the fourth Avengers flick would be his final time playing Steve Rogers.
In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 35-year-old said: "I have Avengers three and four [which would eventually be retitled Infinity War and Endgame]. We do Avengers 3 now, four is the latter part of the year and after that, that is the end of my contract."
When filming wrapped on Avengers: Endgame in October 2018, Evans took to Twitter to pay an emotional tribute to the character he'd played for the past eight years.
He wrote: "Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honour.
"To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful."
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