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Anthony Mackie talks playing the Falcon in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”


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The upcoming “Captain America” sequel might be introducing the Winter Soldier, but there’s another new character we’re looking forward to meeting: The Falcon.

It was announced back in July that Anthony Mackie was considering the role, and now that he’s since been confirmed we’re intrigued to find out what approach he will take to the character. SuperHeroHype recently had the chance to catch up with Mackie, where he expressed his excitement about being able to portray one of the first African American superheroes introduced in comics history.

Mackie said that he’s been reading up on the character, though he hasn’t yet seen a page of “Captain America: Winter Soldier’s” script. In particular, he has been reading the “Captain America” run penned by Steve Englehart, which also has a lot to do with the introduction of Bucky as Winter Soldier.

Production won’t start on “Captain America: Winter Soldier” until next March, but Mackie will start his training soon and (we hope) see a script as well. He told SuperHeroHype that he’s especially intrigued by the Falcon’s backstory as Sam Wilson — in particular how he moved to Los Angeles to be a drug dealer and a pimp — but he’s not sure whether or not those elements of the character will be incorporated into the story. “He’s just as anxious as everyone else to see how The Falcon will be used in the movie,” SuperHeroHype writes.

Mackie also opened up with Newsday recently to give a quick synopsis of his character. It’s nothing new to fans of the comics, but it’s a good refresher for everyone else out there.

“I’m playing the Falcon,” Mackie said. “He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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