When Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered in 2014, not only did it set the bar for the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward, but it also introduced Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson a.k.a the Falcon – a character that quickly became a fan-favorite. Since The Winter Soldier, Mackie has popped up in two other Marvel films – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – and will next be seen fighting alongside Captain America in May’s Captain America: Civil War. And while he’s officially become an Avenger, and an important figure in the Captain America films, Mackie surprisingly has no desire to see the character lead his own solo film.
While doing promo for his upcoming film Triple 9, IGN spoke with Mackie about the possibility of leading a solo Falcon film, to which Mackie immediately shut down the idea. As we’ve seen over the course of the past eight years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the casts have become a sort of family, which surely helps when it comes to the insane schedules they sometimes have to endure with each project. For Mackie, the idea of filming a Falcon movie, and not having Chris Evans (Captain America) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) around all of the time isn’t something he’s interested in.
“No I don’t know man” was the rather surprising response. “I don’t know. I like going to work with good people. Like shooting this movie [Triple 9] it wasn’t really work. We got to hang out and have a good time and really get to know each other. I’ve admired Aaron Paul’s work long before Breaking Bad. I’ve admired Chiwetel [Ejiofor]’s work. Kate [Winslet] is admirable. So to be able to go to work and meet these people and see the way they work and kind of delve into their process as well is really a learning experience for me. So I feel like when you go to work and it’s just you and it’s me – ‘Look at me, haha’ – it takes away from that.”
Of course, as his Tripe 9 co-star Aaron Paul suggests, it’d always be possible for Evans and Stan to make cameo appearances in a solo Falcon film. Something that would most definitely occur if the character were to ever lead his own film – this is the MCU, after-all. According to Mackie, however, there’s a possibility Evans wouldn’t leave the set were that to happen.
“No, no. Then that week is going to be hell. Hanging out with Chris for a week and then he’s like ‘I don’t want to leave!’ And I’m like ‘Chris dude, you gotta leave.’ You know, it’s just going to be a problem.”
As it stands, there are no plans for a solo Falcon movie at Marvel, and Mackie seems more than okay with that. That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy seeing him pop up in other films from time-to-time, however. For now, Mackie can next be seen as the Falcon in this May’s Captain America: Civil War.