'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Anthony Mackie eager for the Falcon to take wing

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He added: “The most important thing I got from everybody at Marvel about the Falcon was the need to show that he’s a very righteous, man-forward kind of guy. He would do anything to protect the man next to him and to protect his country. That’s the integrity of the character and the integrity of the man and that that’s what I have focused on.”

The Falcon’s prominence in the Marvel universe rose to new heights in February 1971 when the Captain America series got a new cover logo: Captain America and the Falcon. That shared brand would be a fixture for the next seven years. And, in a less obvious but arguably equal platform, the Falcon was the lone black character included in Mego’s World’s Greatest Superheroes line of 8-inch action figures that featured 33 Marvel and DC Comics characters and became a signature success on toy aisles of the 1970s and remains a touchstone for collectors.

Instead of adding pressure Mackie says all the history only revs up the inspiration: “The biggest thing for me, the most exciting thing for me, is to come out on Halloween and see all the little black kids dressed up like the Falcon. There are so many parts of our society that are not catered to or represented fully and this will give a new generation of our society someone to look up to and identify with. That’s why I am so intensely focused on bringing the character to life in a special way.”

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