Anthony Mackie Talks His New Marvel Status Quo & How He Was “Stumbling Over Words” During THAT ‘Endgame’ Scene

The Playlist | 6/26/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Well before he even stepped foot on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” officially becoming Falcon for legions of Marvel fans, Anthony Mackie was a great actor with a ton of quality roles but had somehow stayed under the radar. But now, if the end of “Avengers: Endgame” is any indication, Mackie is the new Captain America. And in a recent interview with Men’s Health, it appears that the actor isn’t sure exactly what that means for the future.

Mackie’s biggest pre-MCU role was in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning film, “The Hurt Locker.” And according to the actor, that’s the calling card he used when approaching Marvel Studios in a blind email.

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He said, “My line was ‘Yo, I’m the black dude from ‘The Hurt Locker.’ I would love to work with you guys.’”

The folks at Marvel Studios read his email and tried to find him a role in one of their projects, including as the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3.” However, it wasn’t until he met with the Russos that he was offered the role of Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in ‘Winter Soldier.’ From there, Mackie became a regular in MCU films, including appearances in “Avengers: Age...
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