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Anthony Mackie Teases Falcon And Winter Soldier Details - Exclusive

During its recent Investor Day presentation, Disney breathed life into an otherwise bleak pandemic with a slew of exciting TV and film announcements. The company has been pretty mum since the release of Avengers: Endgame, the titillating culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3. Fans knew that post-Endgame projects like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier were in the works, but plot and release details were fuzzy — until now.

Now that Phase 4 of the MCU is close to launching, we finally have release dates and trailers for most of the upcoming Marvel projects — including the highly-anticipated Disney+ series The Falcon and THE Winter Soldier. Fans will get to watch Anthony Mackie (Sam "The Falcon" Wilson) and Sebastian Stan (James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes) suit up once more on March 19, 2021.

Back in October 2020, Looper spoke with Anthony Mackie for his film Synchronic, and during the discussion, he dished on the most challenging part of playing Sam Wilson.

Flying is harder than it looks

On the most challenging Falcon and Winter Soldier scene to film, Mackie had an answer at the ready. "It's always hard to fly, [and] my first flying scene is kind of extreme. So my flying was very difficult," he told Looper. Judging from the trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we'll see Mackie's Sam Wilson flying to greater heights than ever before in the new series.

When Disney first announced the streaming project, it was unclear whether The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would take place before or after Endgame, considering Captain America (Chris Evans) gave his iconic shield to Sam in the final few minutes of the film. But right at the start of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's trailer, we see Sam in the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian, where he delivers the line, "The legacy of that shield is ... complicated." Later in the trailer, Bucky says, "People need something to get behind. They need a symbol." 

Almost more telling about the series' time and direction is the chosen iconography for the logo — Captain America's shield. While Mackie is certainly excited to play a new Captain America, it might take some time for his character, the government, and the world to get to that point. And it looks like the upcoming series will provide the building blocks for everyone to get on board.

Mackie's latest film Synchronic releases on digital on January 12, 2021, with a DVD release set for January 26. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts on Disney+ on March 19, 2021.