|Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - Falcon (Anthony Mackie)|
1. Samuel Wilson was introduced in Captain America #117 (1969) and he's mainstream comics' first African-American superhero.
2. Anthony Mackie petitioned Marvel for five years to play Black Panther. But he agreed to play an unnamed Marvel character after meeting the Russo brothers.
3. Mackie was originally told he would be the second-lead in the film and was upset when he read the script and found his character's role much smaller.
4. Falcon isn't a sidekick. Anthony Mackie said, "It's interesting because a lot of people equate it to Batman and Robin, but the reality of it is it's more of a working relationship, a respect relationship as opposed to a leader and follower." In the comics he and Captain America are the oldest of friends and they had a team-up comic called Captain America and the Falcon.
military style uniform is "dope."
6. They couldn't get Falcon's spring-loaded gun mechanism to work, so they made them CGI in the film.
7. To prepare for Sam Wilson's role as a veteran Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselor he talked to real soldiers he met while working on The Hurt Locker.
8. The flying suit made him nauseous, gave him bruises and pain in his back. He said "nothing is more painful" for an actor than to be a flying superhero.
9. Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, became close friends on the comedy What's Your Number? (2011).
10. Falcon was the first black superhero that didn't have the word "black" as part of his name, like Black Panther and Black Lightning. Not that there's anything wrong with them but it's a nice change.
11. Anthony Mackie is "deathly afraid of heights" but agreed to wear the harness and be hoisted up as high as 70 feet (21.3 metres) into the air.
12. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo hate the comic book character's red costume and pet falcon named Redwing, but Anthony Mackie said he's "going to get them" in his next appearance.
What do you think of Sam Wilson? Are you excited to see Falcon in Captain America 2? Should Falcon get a solo film?
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