Anthony Mackie says being ‘given the helm of Captain America’ as a black man is ‘very emotional’

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Anthony Mackie — who is set to reprise his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon in the upcoming Disney Plus series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — has opened up about what exactly it’s like for him to be the new wielder of Captain America’s shield.

In an interview with Deadline, Mackie was asked what exactly it’s like to carry such an iconic symbol around with him.

“You know what, to be honest, it’s very emotional,” he replied. “I’ve been in the business for 20 years and I’ve been fortunate enough to do some amazing stuff and work with amazing people. For me, to be a Black man in 2019 and be given he helm of Captain America with the history of Black men in this country is a monumental step, not only in entertainment, but also in my life.”

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“It’s been extremely emotional,” Mackie continued. “Look, my grandfather was a sharecropper, you know what I mean? There’s a lot of history and pain and triumph and joy that comes along with me being Captain America.”

Mackie made his MCU debut as Sam Wilson/Falcon in the 2014 film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He subsequently reprised his role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

As “Endgame” drew to a close, an elderly Steve Rogers effectively retired as Captain America — passing the red, white and blue vibranium shield to Sam. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” rejoins Sam and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, who are left to deal with “Endgame'”s aftermath.

Directed by Kari Skogland, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl and will be available on Disney Plus in fall 2020.

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