The actor who played Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie, talked about acting for a Marvel film, but also had great things to say about the need for diversity in superhero films.
Matt Blum from Geek Dad was able to interview Anthony Mackie with a group of writers to get his thoughts now that The Winter Soldier has been out in theaters. It is a fascinating interview in which he speaks about the training process, stunt work and Chris Evans butt; however, amongst all of that Mackie was able to speak about being the first African-American superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what he would like to see as we move forward.
Q: How do you feel about being the first African-American superhero?
AM: It’s funny you should ask that. [LAUGHS] It’s cool. When I was a kid, I really didn’t have a person I could look at, other than my dad, and be like, “Hey, I want to be that guy and fly through the window.” You couldn’t be like 7 years old and say, “Who do you want to be for Halloween?” “Shaft!”
So [LAUGHS] you know, it’s really exciting. When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that. There’s so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money in the world of being famous. And little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.
Wonderful words from Mackie, and you know that they are sincere and not planted from Marvel otherwise he would have talked up a Black Widow movie and not Wonder Woman.
While it is nice knowing that DC and Warner Bros are scheduled to make a Wonder Woman film with Gal Gadot, both Warner Bros and Marvel need to continue pushing for more diversity within the actors in their leading roles.
What do you think about Mackie’s thoughts? Do you want to see even more diversity within the superhero genre of films? Give your thoughts in the comments below!