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Anthony Mackie on Falcon and his suit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Feb. 14, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

While speaking with Total Film recently, Anthony Mackie talked a little about CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and revealed some details about Falcon's background, as well as his suit and his experience making the film with the Russo brothers.

Mackie starts by explaining where his character's code name "Falcon" comes from.

“The Air Force had a specialty group. Like the Navy SEALs. But instead of giving them the ability to quietly go in and manoeuvre through hazardous territories, they gave them the ability to fly…” he smiles. “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.”

Anthony Mackie went on to talk about one scary moment that happened while taking flight as Falcon for one of the scenes in the film.

“When we were in Cleveland, the Russos called me and said, ‘Alright, we’re gonna put you up on a bridge and we want you to jump down. You see you’re about to hit a car, so we want you to stop before you hit the car.’ I’m like, ‘Well, the cable guy is supposed to stop me, because these aren’t real wings.’ They’re like, ‘No, no, no. Just hit the ground and go to the car.’ So they pull me up and they let me go. In midair I realized, ‘I’ve never flown before. So I have no idea how to stop.’ I see the concrete coming towards me, and I realize the rope is gonna catch and I’m gonna swing head first into this car. So I put my feet down and I roll into this cab, hard, and everybody runs over to me and says, ‘Are you okay?’ I’m like, ‘I think I know how to land. Let’s do it again.’”

Mackie also says it is kind of a pain in the ass to wear the wings while filming, and was afraid the costume was going to make him look like a pigeon.

“It’s 10 times tougher performing with wings. 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! As the Falcon aged [in the comics] and grew up, his uniform grew up."

Anthony Mackie continued to discuss Falcon's costume, and says the suit will evolve into how it looks in the Ultimate comics.

“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.”

I think Marvel has done an excellent job with Falcon's look for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Some of us were originally concerned the character would end up looking silly, but I think he looks pretty awesome, and seeing him in action has been fun as hell so far. I do kind of wish there was at least some red in his suit, however I wouldn't be surprised if his costume had a bit more color in a future Marvel film.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will be in theaters on April 4th, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Falcon's suit will have more color in it in a future film? I could see his wings getting destroyed in a battle, with Tony Stark showing up at the end and saying something like, "I got you an upgrade, but I thought it needed some color. Red has always worked for me, so..."

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7:38PM on 02/14/2014
If War Machine is in Avengers 2 my guess is it will take 2 non Avengers movies before he gets an invite for the team. And correct me if I am wrong but wasn't Mackie on stage when they presented the Age of Ultron teaser at SDCC last year?
If War Machine is in Avengers 2 my guess is it will take 2 non Avengers movies before he gets an invite for the team. And correct me if I am wrong but wasn't Mackie on stage when they presented the Age of Ultron teaser at SDCC last year?
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3:39PM on 02/14/2014

Damaged Wings

It looks in the trailer you linked that it clearly shows the Winter Soldier damaging his wings, so yeah, I think he'll probably get upgraded either near the end of this one or before the next one.
It looks in the trailer you linked that it clearly shows the Winter Soldier damaging his wings, so yeah, I think he'll probably get upgraded either near the end of this one or before the next one.
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1:28PM on 02/14/2014
This guy's a gangsta? His real name's Clarence.
This guy's a gangsta? His real name's Clarence.
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2:18PM on 02/14/2014
And Clarence' parents have a real nice marriage.....
And Clarence' parents have a real nice marriage.....
11:41AM on 02/14/2014
I think Mackie is a good choice and I don't mind the changes to he character's backstory at all. But the costume is way too generic, colorless, and lame. With Hawkeye, Falcon, Bartroc, Crossbones all have these "Fox" costumes, I very much fear for Vision, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.

I got excited when I read that Falcon's suit will evolve, thinking "GREAT maybe we will get a HINT of red and white in there." But MORE BLACK? MORE ULTIMATES? What the fuck is he wearing now? Didn't think it
I think Mackie is a good choice and I don't mind the changes to he character's backstory at all. But the costume is way too generic, colorless, and lame. With Hawkeye, Falcon, Bartroc, Crossbones all have these "Fox" costumes, I very much fear for Vision, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.

I got excited when I read that Falcon's suit will evolve, thinking "GREAT maybe we will get a HINT of red and white in there." But MORE BLACK? MORE ULTIMATES? What the fuck is he wearing now? Didn't think it could evolve worse.

While everyone's costume/look in Avengers wasn't perfect, Whedon did improve them all (sans Widow) at least a bit. Hopefully he will do the same to EVERYBODY again.

PS- Can I just say FUCK ULTIMATES? I think that shit was just a preliminary excuse for Marvel to FUCK UP storylines, characters, and appearances in future adaptations. All the apologists will say, "Derp but it is similar to teh Ultimates!!!1!" Fuck that trash.
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10:20AM on 02/14/2014
Mackie is a solid actor and I'm sure he'll bring much character to The Falcon and look cool while taking names. I just hope he has more to do in these films then what Cheadle had for War Machine.
Mackie is a solid actor and I'm sure he'll bring much character to The Falcon and look cool while taking names. I just hope he has more to do in these films then what Cheadle had for War Machine.
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9:19AM on 02/14/2014
I like how the suit and the wings look and I think Mackie's gonna make for a kickass Falcon. Hope he has good chemistry with Chris Evans.
I like how the suit and the wings look and I think Mackie's gonna make for a kickass Falcon. Hope he has good chemistry with Chris Evans.
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