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Anthony Mackie has confirmed his character Sam Wilson will become the first Black Captain America in Disney Plus's upcoming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Chris Evans originally portrayed the iconic superhero in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, but his character Steve Rogers passed his iconic shield on to Mackie's Sam Wilson to take the mantle of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
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Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor, who is Black, confirmed to website shadowandact.com he'll take on the "daunting" task of "being a black man and becoming Captain America".
Mackie said he thinks America is ready to welcome a Black Captain America superhero.
"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," Anthony said. "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."
Mackie suggests his Captain America won't reflect his African roots or be too ethnic.
"To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people."
The star also hinted fans will get to know Sam more in the Disney series, which launches in August.
"You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So I'm excited for people to see that part of Sam," he said.
He continued: "These shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They're not origin stories. They're more a day in the life story."
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You're in luck ladies: actor Anthony Mackie is back on the market. Mackie and his wife Sheletta Chapital have reportedly finalized their divorce, following a secret split.
The Avengers star, 41, and his now ex-wife secretly filed for divorce in late 2017 after three years of marriage, according to WENN.com via TMZ.com.
Their break-up was reportedly quietly made official last year, with the pair initially managing to keep their split off of TMZ. Sources close to the pair tell TMZ that their decision to part ways was amicable.
Anthony and Sheletta have three children together, who they also kept out of the public eye, but Anthony did speak about the birth of their youngest child in 2015.
"I recently had my third kid, and it just messed up everything that was my reality," he told the Los Angeles Times at the time. "It just changes your entire perspective on the world. Even traveling is an issue now - I've got to buy five tickets!"
The former couple, who were reportedly childhood sweethearts, also wed under the radar, tying the knot in a small ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in 2014, according to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column.
Newly single mom LaLa Anthony and Empire star Jussie Smollet attended AT&T & Tribeca's launch of Untold Stories: An Inclusive Film Program at Thalassa on Tuesday, April 18, in New York City. As you know, LaLa is in the news lately because she moved out on her husband, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who allegedly sired a baby with a stripper. Carmelo is under a lot of pressure these days, since the NY Knicks head coach Phil Jackson practically told him to seek another place of employment. Hopefully 'Melo will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Songbird Mariah Carey stepped out in Tribeca, NYC yesterday with a phalanx of bodyguards to keep the paparazzi at bay. 45-year-old Mariah is reportedly struggling with symptoms of menopause, such as weight gain and mood swings. Friends say Mariah's unpredictable mood swings have practically driven hubby Nick Cannon out of their home. As a result, poor Nick is crying out for attention. He publicly embarrassed himself last week by wearing white face and dying his hair to resemble leopard spots.
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