#ManCrushMonday: Anthony Mackie

#ManCrushMonday: Anthony Mackie

The Falcon flies

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Getty Images

He's not just that guy you randomly saw in movies anymore. As part of #TeamCap, Anthony Mackie's star is on the rise in his fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As Marvel's Captain America: Civil War splits the Avengers in two teams, we'll get to see more of Anthony Mackie. In his role as The Falcon, a vigilante who began fighting crime on the streets of Harlem, we'll see the New Orleans native take on Team Iron Man along with his mates Captain America (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

This isn't the first time the 37-year-old is playing a Harlem native. In 2001, he played another famous Harlem export, the late legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Mackie was still in Juilliard at the time when the Off-Off Broadway play Up Against the Wind was staged. Some eight years later, he went on to star as Shakur again in the movie Notorious.

You might have also seen him in supporting roles in Oscar favourites Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Hurt Locker (2008). As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Ant-Man (2015). In Marvel's latest film installment, Mackie is confident that it'll do well, and even shared in a BBC Radio interview that the movie might just be up for best picture — a tribute to the fellow actors he admires such as Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Only time will tell. In the meantime, be sure to catch Marvel's Captain America: Civil War when it hits theatres this week.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War is showing in cinemas from 28 April. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.