‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Star Anthony Mackie Said Starring in Marvel Films Has Helped Him Bond With His Sons

Anthony Mackie has been a part of the Marvel family for quite some time. After landing his first Marvel role in Captain America franchise, he went on to star in the Avengers franchise, as well as Disney+’s hit series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Over the years, Mackie has been able to strengthen his bond with his sons through Marvel films. He often takes his children to Marvel film premieres with him, so they can all enjoy the experience together and reflect on their favorite parts of the film. 

Having starred in five Marvel films, it’s safe to say that Mackie’s role as the Falcon has helped him connect with his kids better.  

Anthony Mackie only cares about his childrens’ approval 

Anthony Mackie (L) and Chris Evans of Captain America: Civil War' at  "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios"
Anthony Mackie (L) and Chris Evans of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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Mackie talked about his relationship with his kids during a 2020 interview with Vanity Fair

“It’s funny, as a parent you do so much, and all you want is the approval of your kids,” Mackie said. “Like, nobody else matters. I don’t care what anybody else on the internet says. My son said it was cool, so it’s cool, you know? And that’s been the biggest thing with Marvel, and all of these movies. You realize it’s an opportunity for you to spend time with your kids.”

Marvel films allow him to bond with his kids

Mackie often takes his sons to Marvel movie premieres with him, discussing the movies with them afterward. 

“Every Marvel premiere I get to take my son, and we sit, and we eat popcorn, and we watch the movie,” Mackie said. “And we talk about it afterwards and he says his favorite part, and I say my favorite part, and that’s kind of what this character has become. It’s been a way for my sons and I to bond over movies.”

Mackie’s son played it cool when he first saw his dad in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Even though Mackie enjoys taking his sons to the Marvel film premieres with him, he doesn’t always get the reaction he wants from them. When his son first found out that he’d be playing Captain America, he was a bit disappointed by the response. 

“The first time I saw the movie, I didn’t know how it was gonna play out,” Mackie said. “So the last scene in Avengers: Endgame, I’m at the theater with my son and the movie ends, and my son goes, ‘Dad?’ I’m like, ‘What’s up?’ He goes, ‘Are, are you, are you Captain America?’ I said, ‘I think so.’ He goes, ‘Cool.’”

Mackie was expecting a bit more enthusiasm from his son, but decided not to sweat it. 

“I’m like, ‘That’s it?’ Like, that’s all I get!? ‘You should be—fine, cool, cool. You don’t cry, I don’t cry. I’m not gonna cry.’ …” Mackie said. 

His son called him a week later crying hysterically

Even though Mackie’s son initially played it cool when he found out his dad was Captain America, he had a completely different attitude a week later. 

“So all night we’re hanging out, they get tired, take him home, put him to bed,” Mackie said. “A week later he calls me, bawling. And he’s like, ‘Dad, you’re Captain America.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, dude.’”

The two ended up crying with each other on the phone, with both claiming they were proud of the other.

“So he’s like, ‘I just, I didn’t know. That’s so amazing. I’m so proud of you,’” Mackie recalled. “So then I start crying. And I’m like, ‘You’re proud of me?’ He’s like, ‘I’m proud.’ I’m like, ‘I’m proud of you, buddy!’ [wails] [laughs]”