Anthony Mackie was speaking at Marvel and Disney’s Drive-In For Your Consideration event.
Anthony Mackie originally wanted a Donald Trump reference in the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier but the idea was shot down.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel’s second episodic venture on Disney Plus, wrapped up in late April by showing Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America. Near the end of the finale, when Wilson formally introduces himself as Captain America to the entire world, the character makes a lengthy speech advocating for peace and tolerance. Despite being quite on the nose, the speech made for one of the series’ highlights and confirmed that this iteration of Captain America would certainly lean in on the current political climate. Mackie wanted to lean even more into the contentious political climate that mires America by referencing Donald Trump but that it was shot down.
Speaking at Marvel and Disney’s Drive-In For Your Consideration event, Anthony Mackie touched on his lengthy monologue and what inspired it, confirming that he also helped write it. Variety was on hand to record Mackie’s comments, including his story on how his Donald Trump reference got shot down.
“With all of the protests and everything that went on in 2020, there were just as many Brown people as Black people as white people as Asian people. Everyone, everyone in this country at this time wants to see a change, and that monologue sums that up a beautiful way.”
“One thing I wanted to put at the end of the monologue — and it got shot down — was if we’re going to ‘make America great again,’ it has to be done by Americans. And no matter what your race, creed, color or sexuality is, you’re an American. And that’s what I think the new Captain America captures.”
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Here’s the official synopsis for the series:
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Directed by Kari Skogland from scripts written by showrunner Malcolm Spellman and Derek Kolstad, the series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker / U.S. Agent. Actors Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly have also been cast.
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