The Daily Show with Trevor Noah recently spoke with Anthony Mackie about becoming Captain America at the end of Disney+’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and the show’s spotlight on social issues.
“All that had to do with Malcolm Spellman, our writer,” Mackie said of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier diving into social issues and racism. “He really went down that road and fought for the acknowledgment of that turbulent relationship between black men and America. The question that we came up with that we kept asking each other, every page, every scene, every time we would talk is, ‘As a black man, you’re in an abusive relationship with America. So how do you fight for, stand up and risk your life for a country that has never given you any love, support, appreciation or trust?'”
Mackie is also surprised that he hasn’t received hate online for being a black Captain America.
“I expected that to be the internet buzz, but I haven’t received that or seen that at all,” revealed Mackie. “It’s easy for us to look at the news and look at what’s going on and go, ‘All people are bad. The world is going to shit.’ The reality is, most people are good people. A lot of people are really excited about the idea of The Falcon becoming Captain America and what that means not only in the cinematic universe but in our true reality. It gives a younger generation a different perspective and a different way to look at the world. That’s what is so cool and what I’m excited about. When my kids have a birthday party, it looks like a damn crayon box in the backyard. That’s the way it is supposed to be. America’s a melting pot.”
Check out Anthony Mackie’s full appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah below: