Previous rumours have indicated that the story would deal with the United States government requesting that the Falcon not operate as the new Captain America; those rumours were bolstered with the announcement of Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent, who would take the place of Cap as the “government sanctioned” super soldier.
I am The Falcon, I will always be The Falcon –Anthony Mackie
Mackie threw a wrinkle into these rumours when he claimed that his character would always be the Falcon.
“I am The Falcon, I will always be The Falcon. The moniker will stay the same,” he explained to Variety while appearing at D23 Expo in Anaheim last week.
Is the world really debating on black/ white Captain America?
We’ll finally get some answers in new Marvel Studios shows set to debut on the Disney+ –The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Writer Derek Kolstad, the creator of the John Wick series of films who is penning this new show, recently took over the Discussing Film Twitter account where he was asked about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. During that session, he was asked if the show would tackle the world’s reaction to having a black man as Captain America, in the wake of Steve Rogers passing the shield to Sam Wilson. He replied, “Oh, yeah. And then some.” This means that we will have to watch the world’s reactions to a Black Captain America will be explored in the series.
Mackie questioned during his fittings
Mackie also has been backtracking in his comments about getting fitted for a new Captain America costume, as he was interviewed by MTV News for the Blu-ray release of Avengers: Endgame when he admitted he’s tried on the new suit. But at D23 Expo, he said that his words were taken out of context.
“I don’t even know if the suit’s in the show. And it’s funny because I didn’t have a fitting for the suit. I just had my fitting and everybody was, yeah,” Mackie explained. “Everybody was like, ‘Oh, you had a fitting of your suit!’ And I was like, I never said I had a fitting for the suit. Go back to the tape, I said I had my first fitting.”
For better or worse, whenever comic book characters are updated to reflect the diversity of the world (i.e. Falcon becoming Captain America and a female Thor), there is a segment of people that will react negatively out of their own prejudices. It will be interesting to see how The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will explore the social implications of Falcon becoming Captain America and how the image of a Black man wielding the mighty shield in the public eye will impact the culture.