Although Anthony Mackie is a relative newcomer to the MCU, he has quickly become a fan favorite for his portrayal of Sam Wilson aka Falcon. After making his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he has made cameo appearances in Avengers: Age of Ultron and most recently in Ant-Man.
Falcon will next show up in Captain America: Civil War as a member of the New Avengers, but that group might not last very long. Mackie recently spoke to Comic Book Resources about the upcoming movie and what all is in store.
This of course comes after giving us the first trailer. Everyone has loved the trailer because we got our first look at the highly anticipated movie. It showed us sides forming, plenty of action, and Mackie’s personal favorite- acting.
You know, the great thing about it is that I feel like what the trailer showed more than anything is Marvel has kind of infused action movies with acting.
Not like subdued, brooding acting. They’re giving actors an opportunity to flourish and do the things you would do in another type of movie. And now they’re putting that into superhero movies, which is amazing, because it makes you relate to the characters.
Why does Mackie love giving actors the time to actually act in the movies? Simple. It allows the audience to understand the characters more and, hopefully, further relate to them.
The reason we love Captain America so much is because we can relate to him. The reason we love Tony Stark so much is because we relate to him. They make him human. It’s hard to love a billionaire, philanthropist playboy that hates his life. It’s like, if I had a billion dollars and I was a philanthropist and a playboy, my life would be dope! I’d get to hang out with Morgan Freeman everyday. I love my life. So it’s interesting when you see those characters just how much fun it is to put yourself in there.
One of the new characters and actors debuting in the film is Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa aka Black Panther. There has been a lot of talk about Marvel including more heroes of color now, and he will go on to be the first to lead a film in 2018. According to Mackie however, the importance is not how many black actors are in the film, but getting the right ones.
I’ve known Chad for a long time. I was very happy when I heard he got cast as Black Panther, because I knew he’d do the work to bring that character to life. It’s not so much about two black actors being in a movie at the same time. It’s more so about the right black actor getting that role to do the work to make it timeless, and Chadwick is that guy.
We have seen and heard about Black Panther’s involvement in the film, but not so much for Ant-Man. He is not in the trailer, or maybe he is but he is just too tiny to see, and we have not heard much about his role besides being used for some comic relief. Even though Falcon and Ant-Man may stand side by side in the movie, Mackie is waiting to redeem himself after their last encounter.
I’m waiting on my rematch!
That rematch will probably have to wait for some time, unless it happens upon their initial meeting again Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.