April 3rd, 2014
03:15 PM ET
When "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" bows on April 4, it'll have a new hero fighting alongside the patriotic super-soldier: Anthony Mackie's The Falcon.
And no one is more excited than Mackie is.
"I feel like I won the lottery man!" he exclaimed to New York Magazine's Vulture.
And it's not just because he gets to play a hero who can fly. Mackie, 34, has wanted to be in Marvel movies for quite a while, so much so that he reached out to the studio.
"I enjoy their movies, respect the kind of films they make, and I thought it would be a good fit for me as well as them," Mackie explained. "I would say about five years after our initial contact, they invited me to L.A. to have lunch with ["Winter Soldier" directors] Joe and Anthony Russo and one of the producers, and we had a 15 minute conversation where they told me absolutely nothing about the movie they were making. They couldn't tell me about the character, or when or where they were shooting, but they wanted to know, 'If we had a movie, would you be interested?' And I was like, 'Hell yeah!'"
About a month after his verbal agreement, Mackie got to sign on the dotted line. And not just for "Winter Soldier"; no, Mackie wants to be in as many Marvel films as he can cram in.
"One thing I'm excited about with Falcon is that he's so different from any other superhero from any other comic series," he said. " I signed up for as many movies as I could. I feel like to be in a Marvel franchise can only help me in my career and help me as an actor, so I was willing to go as far as they would let me, in whatever capacity they wanted to retain me. I signed up for, like, 50 movies."
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