Anthony Mackie didn’t think his first time suiting up as Captain America would hit this hard.
“I literally felt every emotion in a period of 20 minutes,” Mackie said of his first fitting of his character Sam Wilson’s fancy new threads, which cemented him as Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new star-spangled man in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” “I got goosebumps. I was able to take a moment and shed a tear, because I just didn’t know that it would affect me in that way.”
Sam Wilson’s ascent from a well-liked sidekick, the Falcon, into arguably one of the most important comic book characters ever — and the MCU’s first Black Captain America — was a watershed moment. That significance was not lost on Malcolm Spellman, the head writer for the Disney+ series.