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Anthony Mackie had a run-in with a Captain America many years ago that foretold the actor would become the first Black man to play the superhero. Mackie took over the Cap mantle during the recent conclusion of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+.
On Monday, Mackie dropped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where he called the much-celebrated Marvel Cinematic Universe moment “humbling and exciting” before sharing an adorable, serendipitous encounter he had more than a decade ago.
“I remember it was 2008 when I first moved to Brooklyn. And I was walking down the street, and I saw this little kid and he had taken a cereal box, cut out eyes and put the box on his head. He spray-painted it blue and put an ‘A’ on it,” Mackie said. “And I was like, ‘What are you doing, man?’ And he was like, ‘I’m fighting bad guys. I’m Captain America.’ And to see that little kid and to think about 13 years later where I am in the universe now — it’s really humbling and exciting at the same time. Because there is that significance to little kids around the world.”
Mackie also noted that while his kids were impressed with his superhero title change, the rest of his family and friends have done a good job keeping him grounded by busting his chops whenever possible.
“One of my friends was like, ‘Yo, you’ve got to be the ugliest Captain America.’ And then last week, it happened in Atlanta where there’s been a shortage of chicken wings. And my boy texts me like, ‘If you’re Captain America, you need to solve this problem.'”
Watch the full interview below.
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