Avengers: Endgame has set the Marvel Cinematic Universe on an interesting new path, including having Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) take over the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). If a recent profile from Men’s Health is any indication, Anthony Mackie could be sticking around in the role for a while. The interview states that he “initially signed on for ten Marvel films,” though the actor admitted that the Falcon and Winter Soldier miniseries on Disney+ might complicate the numbers of that.
“I just wait for the phone call,” explained Mackie.
Going into the MCU’s Phase 4, Anthony Mackie has made an appearance in five movies of the franchise – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and the latest Avengers: Endgame. That could potentially mean that Anthony Mackie is exactly halfway through his MCU tenure, or that more or fewer movies are on the docket.
While there is no telling what Anthony Mackie’s appearance in the MCU will be beyond Falcon and Winter Soldier, the actor previously addressed the significance of making diverse superhero films in today’s day and age.
“I knew the magnitude of Black Panther, just like I knew the magnitude of Wonder Woman,” added Mackie. “I have been saying for years: If you are going to make any movie, you make those two movies, because they are going to make a trillion dollars. They represent a whole different sector of our society that is underrepresented and underappreciated.”
Meanwhile, fans are also eager to see exactly what Anthony Mackie brings to his portrayed of Captain America, something that the actor is more than aware of.
“I love Chris [Evans]. He is an amazing Cap,” Anthony Mackie said during a recent convention appearance. “And I feel like, what he has been able to do with that character, a few people have been able to do in any cinematic universe or span of movies, because he has played Cap for a lot of films. To take that over, be a part of that, the legacy of that, is a huge challenge. It is something where a lot of people are going to expect me to be Chris in the same suit, but a black dude. And that is definitely not gonna happen.”
Avengers: Endgame is re-released in theaters at the moment. The film will arrive digitally at the end of next month. In the meantime, Spider-Man: Far From Home is hitting theaters on July 2.
Anthony Mackie Says He Won’t Be the New Captain America
On the last Thursday, Marvel Studios had the entire D23 crow in a lather during the Disney+ panel. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series is a hot topic of conversation all day, and it seems like the star Anthony Mackie has just added some fuel to the fire, giving comments about what name his character will be called in this new show. Variety caught up with both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, clarifying why the series is called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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Anthony Mackie, in true Sam Wilson fashion, tried to play down any ideas that he would be dressed up as Captain America. During the presentation, one fan even yelled out the character’s name while they were on stage. The actor just called her kind and did not really dwell on it. It looks like the Falcon is here to stay even with his brand-new shiny shield.
“I’m The Falcon. I’ll always be The Falcon. The moniker will stay the same,” Anthony Mackie confirmed.
That seems pretty cut and dry like Anthony Mackie won’t become the “new” Captain America. Instead, this would probably signal a sort of addition to his character as The Falcon rather than outright replacing Steve Rogers. His words are sure to raise some eyebrows, but fans might have a reason to be skeptical of both stars and how they would deflect these kinds of questions about the new shield bearer.
After all, as some has suspected in the wake of the world without Steve Rogers, it looks like the upcoming Disney+ series will introduce one John Walker, probably more commonly known as U.S. Agent. John Walker will be played by Wyatt Russell, of J.J. Abrams’ Overlord. Alongside Russell, both Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp will be joining the cast. They have been confirmed to reprise their roles as Baron Helmut Zemo and Agent Sharon Carter, respectively.
As the name suggests, John Walker/U.S. Agent was turned into a pseudo-Captain America experiment, working solely on behalf of the United States government. However, he did make his comics debut as the supervillain Super-Patriot so it has yet to be revealed if Russel’s take will be friend or foe to Cap’s closest buddies. As with most things at this stage already in development, Marvel Studios is still pretty hush on the storyline, though Sebastian Stan has offered up the first bits of insight.
While appearing at a Comic Convention, the Bucky Barners actor fielded all sorts of questions from fans for about 30 minutes. By the end of the panel, Sebastian Stan had unveiled his expectations for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
“I think it is time for Bucky [Barners] to go out there and have an identity outside of the circumstances that we have met him through,” said Stan. “So, I don’t know. He might do all kinds of things. He might even go on a date. I don’t know. The scary world out there, you know? Apps, thinks like that. I don’t know what he is gonna do. I can’t see him on an iPhone. I think it is gonna be a lot of dealing with Anthony’s character and Anthony himself, which is always another character.”
While there are many jokes between Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie about working together, often building on their characters’ on-screen chemistry with real-life banter, Sebastian Stan has nothing but love for his co-star.
“I gave a blast working with Anthony,” said the Winter Soldier star. “It is very funny half the time. It is just gonna be a lot of that move your seat up thing. I am gonna tell him that if we are gonna be in the car, I’m gonna be in the passenger’s seat, and he is gonna be in the back, or I should be in the driver’s seat.”
So, do you think Falcon should be the new Captain America? The Falcon and the Winter Soldier doesn’t yet have a release date. The series will be streaming exclusively on Disney+, beginning filming in October.
Sharon Carter and Baron Zemo Reportedly Returning for Falcon & Winter Soldier Series
In the first big bit of casting news for Marvel Studios’ shows streaming on Disney+, Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp are reportedly set to reprise their roles from Captain America: Civil War in the upcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier. According to Deadline, the two stars are in talks to appear in the six-issue mini-series, apparently the first of Marvel’s offerings for the new Disney streaming form.
Daniel Brühl will be playing the antagonist Helmut Zemo, who is the live-action version of the Captain America comics archnemesis Baron Zemo. On the other hand, Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Agent Sharon Carter/Agent 13, the SHIELD agent turned CIA agent that works under Everett Ross’ (Martin Freeman) Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Recently, during a convention appearance, Bucky Barnes star Sebastian Stan mentioned that he liked Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier comics, and he hoped to see some of that run adapted to live-action.
“I think my favorite is all the Ed Brubaker stuff,” said Stan. “That’s my favorite stuff. And it was really great to get to do some of that in the movies. You know, I’d love… I always say this all the time, but I think it’d be really interesting to see like the whole Winter Soldier that we have not seen yet. And if you think about it, he had a whole other life sort of as this ulterior ego so to speak. It’s like when you see the Winter Soldier now he is sort of like a machine in the movies. But before that, there was actually a real character there. And that was the character that had friendship with Black Widow. But you know, we will see what happens.”
Emily VanCamp made her debut in 2014’s The Winter Soldier but played a larger role in 2016’s Civil War, where it was revealed that she was the great-niece of SHIELD co-founder (and, somewhat cringe-ily, another Steve Rogers love interest), Peggy Carter. We have not seen her in the MCU since then.
Meanwhile, Daniel Brühl played Baron Zemo, a vengeful Sokovian solder who wanted to destroy the Avengers after his family was killed during the battle of Sokovia in Age of Ultron. Baron Zemo was then taken prisoner at the end of the film, but the potential certainly existed for him to escape.
Still, there is no word yet on how either Carter or Zemo will figure into the plot of the show, but Sam Wilson/Falcon accepting Captain America’s shield will factor into the story as well.
All six episodes of this miniseries, which will reportedly air in August 2020, will be likely directed by Emmy nominee Kari Skogland. Her credits also include episodes of The Walking Dead, Under the Dome, The Punisher, and many more.
Kari Skogland would be one of several women taking the reins behind Marvel cameras as the studio heads into its post-Endgame slate, joining a list that includes Black Widow standalone film director Cate Shortland and The Eternals‘ Chloe Zhao.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier will premiere exclusively on Disney+ streaming service in August 2020.
“Avengers: Endgame:” Why Captain America Gave the Shield to Sam Wilson/Falcon Instead of Bucky Barnes
The end of Avengers: Endgame might surprise many fans, not because Captain America (starred by Chris Evans) did survive in the film, but because he decided to retire and pass his iconic shield down to the right-hand man Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie). It was an emotional scene in which might have raised more questions than answers. And one of biggest questions being, why Cap choose Falcon over his life-long friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)?
According to Endgame screenwriters, there is a certain quality Falcon possesses that Bucky does not because in some ways he still has the risk of being mind-controlled again.
“It is pretty hard to give it to Bucky,” co-writer Christopher Markus told Variety. “As much as we love him, he’s on the dark path and is still recovering from that. And Sam is really a truly stand up guy. It was not a wildly difficult choice, certainly. I think Bucky has a lot more stories as Bucky and as someone headed on a path of atonement. And Sam has ascended into his new role.”
Also asked by Variety if Bucky’s nod of understanding was scripted, McFeely confirmed it was. “Yes,” he replied. “Our assumption is that he and Steve [Rogers] had a long conversation before Steve went back.” That means Bucky did already know about his best buddy’s decision.
McFeely went to agree with his writing partner, saying it was the story arc to dive into, especially with the series for Falcon & The Winter Soldier streaming soon on Disney+.
“The thing that gets me the most is that it is much better for both of their stories this way,” says McFeely. “Certainly, Bucky getting the shield would provide lots of stories. I do not know if it gives Sam much story. And again, there is a streaming show coming, right? I don’t know what they are doing but Sam having the mantle of Captain America, how he feels about that, and Bucky working or having some kind of relationship with HYDRA. I think that is pretty rich.”
“Again, particularly as Bucky has to confront the mind control past. Captain America has always represented the best of the idea of America, you know? And giving it to an African-America guy… it is great! Not patting ourselves on the back, I am just saying that is pointing toward a better America.”
The screenwriter also made sure to point out that he was unaware of what Marvel Studios has planned for the Disney+ show, even though he thinks Sam Wilson’s movement into the Captain America mantle should play a good part.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters. Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on July 2.
“Avengers: Endgame” Star Anthony Mackie Confirms That Falcon Is Dead
The star Anthony Mackie joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson in the 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since then he quickly became a recurring face. After his debut, Mackie also made appearances in three straight MCU films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. And it sounds like Avengers: Infinity War is indeed a close to the actor.
Eventually, Anthony Mackie has confirmed the fate of his character, Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Mackie was asked if the Falcon was gone. And in his response, Mackie claimed that the fate of Sam Wilson in Infinity War left him looking for new work. And that he would not be in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
“Well, obviously, if you did not see part three [Avengers: Infinity War], spoiler alert, that I died,” said Mackie. “A lot of people died. So I am gainfully unemployed. And that is why I’m doing other movies now.”
You can watch the full video below.
Anthony Mackie’s character was one of many heroes and others who disappeared after Thanos snapped his finger and unleashed the power of all six Infinity Stones (a.k.a. The Decimation). That moment has become a pop cultural touchstone since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters last year. Or just look at how The Simpsons borrowed it for one of their famous couch gags.
Regardless, we will find out who still has a future in the franchise when Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters on April 26.
In the meantime, Anthony Mackie reportedly will return to the screen for his own Disney+ streaming service alongside Bucky Barnes, Winter Soldier. So we can see these Captain America’s buddies once again!
Other upcoming MCU movies include Captain Marvel on March 8th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.