According to Mackie, Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, will not be a mere cameo. Instead, this bird trainer from Harlem will have quite an extensive role in this stand-alone adventure.
"I'm happy to say that I'm in a good deal of the movie and I play an integral part with Captain America taking down the winter soldier. It's great. I've been doing combat training and fitness training just to get prepared. It's going to be something and I'm excited for it."
The actor continued, talking more about his training regimen.
"Well, it's more so a cardio thing now. I mean, you know, if you're a super hero...I didn't want to get too bulky. There's a lot of limitations to how big I was for Pain & Gain, whereas with this I just want to be fit, you know. I just want to be in shape to where I can go in and do all the stunts and all the things I feel like I would need to do to bring this character to life. So, it all depends. I met with the studio very early on and I told them I was going to throw on some weight and get bigger and they said, "No, no, no, no don't do that. Stay a smaller weight and we'll figure out something character-wise." So, you know, that's kind of what it turned into."
Anthony Mackie wasn't aware of The Falcon before signing on for the role.
" I had never heard of the Falcon. I knew nothing about him. Once they sent me the comic book and told me everything they wanted me to do, I read up some and looked up his story. I'm really excited. He's a cool character and we need that. We want that (black) superhero that looks like them."
Mackie Also talked a little bit about the costume.
"They just released pictures of the costume last week. It's more of a military style tactical costume. He's more along the lines of Captain America as far as being a superhero as opposed to a true superhero."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently shooting, and will be released next year.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon.