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.
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.”