Thursday, May 30, 2024

Anthony Mackie, Finally, Gets to Play Captain America, the Second Marvel Black Super Hero


If Anthony Mackie had been white, my friends, he’d have already had an Oscar. That’s me saying it.

Mackie has waited and waited, but now he’s finally going to top line a movie, and a Marvel one at that. He’ll play Captain America in “Captain America 4.” He’ll be the second Black super hero carrying a film, after Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther.

Chris Evans was previously Captain America. He seemed to turn the role over to Mackie’s Falcon at the end of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Then Mackie and Sebastian Stan went on to do the Disney Plus mini series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” as Bucky Barnes (Stan) and Sam Wilson (Falcon). But who is Captain America? Evans handed the famed shield to Mackie in “Endgame.” Mackie became Captain America at the end of the series.

It’s taken a long time to get this far. Anthony Mackie isn’t just an action hero. He should be our next Denzel Washington. He’s that good. He was great on Broadway in “Behanding in Spokane.” He’s shined in tons of movies including “Half Nelson” and “The Hurt Locker.”

So many congrats to Anthony! And cheers to Deadline, which broke the news.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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