Anthony Mackie On Which Version Of Falcon We’ll See In The Winter Soldier


falconWhile doing press for Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain, Anthony Mackie has talked a little bit about what we can expect to see from him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie will be bringing Samuel “Falcon” Wilson to life in the upcoming sequel directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Speaking with ScreenRant this week, Mackie touched on which comic book version of the character we’ll be seeing.

There are really three versions of the Falcon. You have the original stuff when the character was introduced in 1969, the more modern stuff of the past ten or so years, and the Ultimates version. One thing is pretty much constant though- Falcon has an empathic link with his pet falcon Redwing. When asked how the movie will portray his telepathic link to birds, Mackie sidestepped the question and instead told us which incarnation of the character we’ll see.

What they do is the Falcon has had two or three incarnations over the life of the character, so they took all three and formed it into one character. They released the photos of my character in his uniform about two weeks ago, so all of that stuff we’re figuring out and we’re going to play into taking down the Winter Soldier.

Playing the Falcon, he’s supposed to be flying around. If you have all those muscles, flying would be very difficult. And Chris Evans isn’t a big guy at all, so I felt like it would be a huge disservice for me to show up and be 210 lbs and stand next to him. So I just kind of slimmed down and toned up so we would look like we are in the same movie.


falconMost of the other Marvel movie characters have been a combination of most of their incarnations, so this isn’t too big of a surprise. I’d expect movie Falcon to lean a little more towards his Ultimates version than anything else. Mackie also commented on the film’s directing duo. The Russo brothers are best known for their time on the show Community, the sitcom on NBC. Many were skeptical of the choice and feared the sequel may find itself being too comedic. Mackie says there is no need to worry about that.

You know what, it doesn’t feel that way. The Russo brothers are very good as far as putting people in a situation that’s funny and letting them find their way out. But also with this movie, what they’re doing that’s really cool is allowing us to find those dark beats. They’re allowing us to really make those characters real people as opposed to slapstick comedy cartoons.

You can read the rest of the interview here where Mackie responds to one of Warren Ellis‘ controversial comments about the character as well as stuff about Pain & Gain. One interesting thing to note, Mackie talks about his love of the onesie and spandex outfits he gets to wear in Pain & Gain. The actor really, really loves those types of costumes. He has even expressed disappointment in his Falcon outfit because it’s not a big superhero spandex suit. It’s a funny and weird hangup he has that’s popped up in several interviews. What do you think about Falcon? Do you hope Redwing is in the film?

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Source : ScreenRant