Anthony Mackie on Becoming Captain America and What Comes Next (Exclusive)

Prior to The Falcon and the Winter SoldierAt the premiere, Anthony Mackie admitted that he was afraid of being the star of the first Marvel project that sucks and having to do TV commercials for the rest of his career. “Hey, you never know, man. You never know!” Mackie exclaims now. “I was very concerned about the idea of ​​being the first blitz in the Marvel franchise.”

The series: Marvel Studio’s second release after zeitgeist’s definition WandaVision – released as The biggest Disney + debut yet, and Mackie can breathe a sigh of relief, if only from the reaction in his own home. “I watched all the episodes with my kids and their reactions were so much fun,” she tells ET’s Nichelle Turner. “I became a member of the audience and I was able to let it go and watch it with them. I’ve never had the experience of just sitting back and enjoying it as a parent rather than as an actor on the show.”

More than six episodes, Falcon and Winter Soldier saw Mackie’s Sam Wilson grappling with assuming the mantle of Captain America as a black man living in America. The final episode, “One World, One People”, saw Sam finally take up the shield and don a sequin suit as the new Captain America from the MCU.

“My little ones are looking at the screen and they say, ‘Dad, that guy looks like you.’ I say, ‘I know,'” Mackie says. “The 5-year-old says, ‘He looks like you too.’ The older two say, ‘I can’t believe these guys aren’t getting it.’ But they can’t say that I’m on TV and on the couch at the same time. So the little guy says, ‘You know, Dad, you could be Captain America.’ “I was like, ‘Thanks, man. I appreciate that.’ And then they just go and go play with their Legos. “

Counting John Walker’s condemned possession, Mackie is now the third player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to assume the title of Captain America. However, his will be the closest compared to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, who served as Cap through Avengers Endgame. “What Chris was able to do with that character was give him a level of strength and confidence,” says Mackie. “It really brought a balanced, balanced three-dimensional character.”

“Sam Wilson, because he was a vet counselor, because of his background with his family, and a lot of people don’t realize that Sam Wilson is the only superhero who doesn’t have superpowers, he’s just a normal guy who went for a jog and Becoming an Avenger comes from a place of humanity and humility, “he continues. “I feel like I’ll bring the human look instead of the super look. He still has his hands, though, but he’s not a superhero. He’s a normal guy.”

As for any run-ins with the “America’s Ass” part of the report, Mackie laughs. “Well I’d say I’m more of a beefier guy than Chris,” he says. “It’s compact. I’m more robust. So I think people won’t be disappointed with the round Brown, how could they be.”

The idea of ​​us being a duo is not so bad.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier The ending ends with an updated title card, one that acknowledges Sam’s new nickname: Captain America and the Winter Soldier. It remains to be seen what this means for the character’s future. Despite reports that Mackie in front of his Captain America movie, to be written by series lead writer Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, the actor claims he hasn’t heard anything yet.

“Nobody called. I was like, ‘My phone works, buddy! I pay my bill every month!’ So, I don’t know what’s going on, “Mackie replies. “They always have some kind of plan. But there are like 30 million projects in production right now, so I’m just waiting for Kevin’s phone call. [Feige] and nate [Moore] to tell me what I’m doing. “

(When pressed if he really doesn’t know what’s to come or if he’s repeating the company line, he jokes, “Are you trying to get me fired? I mean, it’s literally been three days and you’re trying to get me fired. . Three days!”)

Whether on the big screen in Captain america 4 Or in a second season of the show, whatever it’s titled, Mackie is hopeful the next outing will still see him associated with Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes.

“Sebastian is one of my dear friends. I think it’s obvious that we work really well together. So the idea of ​​us being a duo, it’s not that bad,” says Mackie. “You get the frosting and the chocolate frosting, you know? Everybody gets the donut they want. So I think we’ll all be happy with that.”


All episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier they are now broadcasting on Disney +.

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