Anthony Mackie On Going Airborn As Falcon & The Evolution Of His Uniform In Future Films

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One of the newest character additions to the Marvel film universe is Sam Wilson, better known to fans as Falcon. The flight-capable hero will be joining Captain America and Black Widow to fight the good fight in the highly anticipated Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which comes out April 4th. While the idea of a flying character isn’t new to the ever expanding franchise, the concept of using wings in order to fly is very new. Anthony Mackie, who is filling the role of Falcon, recently talked with Total Film, via ComicBookMovieabout the challenges of being the only hero in the film to be attached to wires and a harness.

It’s 10 times tougher performing with wings,” admits the actor. “I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m the only dude that’s on strings? Everybody else gets to walk around or drive cars and I gotta fly?’ When we had our first conversation about the movie, my biggest statement to the Russos was, ‘You better not make me look like an idiot.’ That was my greatest fear. Even though I wanted to wear red spandex, I was hugely afraid of looking like a pigeon!

The uniform, as is almost always the case with comic book movie adaptations, has been modified and modernized to fit in the current film universe. Traditionally, Falcon has been known to pull the red and white tights, something that may not translate too well to the big screen. Instead, they opted to utilize the more techie version from the Ultimate universe. But, Mackie states that the uniform will evolve in future films, much like the other characters in the Marvel films.

rs_560x415-131024111416-1024.captain-america-5As the Falcon aged [in the comics] and grew up, his uniform grew up,” continued Mackie. “The uniform we have now is the uniform of an adult… The Ultimate look gives him a sense of purpose and makes him look like a badass. The wings can look funny at times, so you have to do something to combat that – at no point in time do you want him to show up on film and have people laugh. That’s what we’ve been able to find, between the tactical suit and the Ultimate suit. As the franchise goes on and you see more of me and Captain America, the suit will evolve into the Ultimate look, the hard-leather black look. The suit that he has in this movie is more of a military suit because it’s the first time you see it.”

Then there’s that cool code name: Falcon. As a way to give the title a bit of history, Mackie states that like the Marines and the Nave SEALs program, the Air Force also has a tactical team, where instead of the stealthy ability they are taught, they are given the ability to fly. Wilson is a vet of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars, which helps further the connection that he and Steve Rogers share. One of the hardest parts for some actors, especially for those with a fear of heights, like Mackie, is doing the necessary wire work. As you can imagine, with a character like this, there would be a lot of wired stunts. Mackie also discussed what it was like to take to the skies during the production.

Captain-America-2-Trailer-Falcon-Caught“It’s a lot of me on wires screaming and them saying ‘Action’ and me flying around. …I’m deathly afraid of heights, they always say, ‘Oh, we’re just gonna take you this high.’ Then they take me and swing me.”

As we’ve seen from the recent trailers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is sure to be an action-packed slug-fest between Cap and his familiar foe The Winter SoldierMackie’s take on the Falcon character should add a new and exciting element to the franchise. Joining Mackie will be Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Robert Redford. The film will hit theaters April 4th.

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