‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Star Anthony Mackie Reveals What His Only Goal as Captain America Is

Anthony Mackie made history when he became the first Black man to play Captain America. The historical moment became a reality during the final episode of the first season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel’s wildly popular Disney+ limited series. 

In the time since the revelation, Mackie expected to receive a ton of hate and anger from fans that disagreed with the decision. Instead, he’s gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans everywhere. The surprising amount of positivity that he’s received has given Mackie optimism about the future of the United States. 

What Mackie enjoys the most about playing Captain America is knowing that he’s helping broaden the perspectives of the next generation of kids that watched The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In fact, Mackie says these kids were a major influence on shaping his only goal as Captain America. 

Anthony Mackie expected some pushback from Marvel fans about becoming Captain America

Anthony Mackie attends "Seberg" photocall during the 76th Venice Film Festival
Anthony Mackie attends “Seberg” photocall during the 76th Venice Film Festival | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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Mackie discussed the reactions he’s gotten since becoming Captain America during a recent interview with Trevor Noah. Noah wanted to know if people had been giving him flack for becoming Captain America, particularly because some people might not like the idea of a Balck man replacing Chris Evans.  

“Well, what’s been interesting—and I expected to have those conversations, I expected that to be the ‘internet buzz’—but I haven’t received that at all,” Mackie said. “It’s easy for us to look at the news and look at what’s going on and say, ‘All people are bad, the world is going to sh*t, but the reality of it is, most people are good people. And a lot of people are really excited about the idea of the Falcon becoming Captain America and what that means, not only in the cinematic universe, and in the comic book universe, but in our true reality.”

He thinks ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ helps give the next generation a new perspective on race and equality

Overall, Mackie is grateful for what Marvel is doing with the Captain America character. He believes the show is helping give kids a new perspective about race, equality, and representation in entertainment and life, in general. 

“It gives a younger generation a different perspective and a different way to look at the world,” Mackie said. “And that’s what’s cool, and that’s what I’m so excited about. ‘Cause when my kids have a birthday party, it looks like a damn crayon box in the backyard. … But at the same time, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. … America’s a melting pot. It’s supposed to be a microcosm of little people from little backgrounds having a little fun in their little way. And I think this is a blip on the radar of what that next generation is gonna look like. Which is what I’m so excited about.”

Anthony Mackie says his only goal as Captain America is to break generational patterns of trauma and ignorance 

Later in the interview, Mackie revealed that his only goal as Captain America is to break the patterns of generational trauma and ignorance that have been passed down societally for several generations. 

“We’re only as F’ed up as our parents and grandparents were,” Mackie said. “And my only goal by becoming Captain America is not to pass on the lineage of F-ed on nature that came from the generation before me.”