Kevin Feige and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie explain how Sam Wilson is unique as a black superhero in America.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand outward, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier It will show why Sam Wilson can still capture hearts and minds.
The cast and crew of Marvel’s upcoming Disney + television show spoke with Variety for a powerful piece on the upcoming project, and Falcon actor Anthony Mackie explained why his hero stands out from the crowd of superpowers. “I’m basically the eyes and ears of the audience, if they put you in that position where you could go out there and fight alongside the superheroes,” Mackie said. “It adds a really nice quality to him, that he’s a normal guy who can go out and do special things.”
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Everyone involved in the show felt it was important that the series reflected the real world as much as possible, and showrunner Malcolm Spellman recently revealed how Black Lives Matter and the pandemic will have analogues in the series. For Marvel Studios director Kevin Feige, those real-world nuances are another thing that helps set Sam apart as a character.
“Sam Wilson played by Mackie is different from Thor or Black Panther because he’s not from another planet or a king from another country,” Feige said. “He is an African American man. He has experience in the military and is giving grief counseling with soldiers who have PTSD. But where did he grow up? Who is his family? Mackie was excited to investigate how this man, this particular black man , in the Marvel version of the world outside our window. “
While Feige is correct that Black Panther and Falcon are quite different characters, the actors behind them share many similarities.
“For Chad and me, [representation] It was never a conversation that should be had because of our background, “Mackie said.” There was a hinted understanding between the two of us because we are both from humble origins in the South; we have very similar backgrounds. We knew what the game was. We knew how to get into that. “
While Sam is a common man, he will have a lot of superhuman level help. Mackie recently revealed that Falcon’s suit and wings will have enhanced Stark’s technology on the show to make him an even greater threat to Baron Zemo and the other villains he and Bucky will face off against.
Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl. The series premieres March 19 on Disney +.
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