Anthony Mackie to Play First Black Marvel Comic Book Hero Falcon

Coming off the success of The Avengers, Marvel is gearing up to unleash its second Phase sequence of films. The company will introduce a few new characters and one of them is Anthony Mackie’s character from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Falcon.

In a recent interview, Mackie took time out and spoke about the honor it is play Marvel’s first African-American superhero.

“I’m playing the Falcon,” he said. “He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers.”

“He’s the first African-American superhero,” he continued. “It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”

Falcon/Sam Wilson was created by comic legend Stan Lee in 1969. He made his first appearance in Captain America issue #117 and was Marvel’s first African American superhero. Wilson was a Harlem social worker who has the ability to telepathically communicate with birds. While in his power-enhanced costume, he manages to soar along-side of Captain America with a flight harness he created.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters on April 4, 2014.

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