Anthony Mackie has been an awesome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson (better known as Falcon). He was definitely one of the highlights in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and left me wanting to see more of him along side Cap and company. So far as we know, his next appearance in the MCU will be in Captain America: Civil War.
In the Civil War storyline, Iron Man and Captain America have different ideals regarding superheroes and their equal rights. The two end up turning against each other, with heroes choosing sides. Now in hindsight we can assume that Falcon sides with Cap, as the two became good friends in The Winter Soldier film. However, we are talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe here, and things are never really cut and dry these days. Anthony Mackie knows this and wants you remember too…
Mackie: “Listen; you would never meet anybody that doesn’t want to hangout with Tony Stark. Tony’s the man! I have no idea. I have no idea how they are going to use me. I have no idea how they are going to introduce all of those characters. “
The guy also really enjoys being apart of the MCU. Just read his quotes whenever he’s asked about what’s next for the Falcon character, they’re so enthusiastic. Whenever he does video interviews, he is always smiling and full of positive energy. He even at one point displayed his Marvel pride by taking shots at Warner Bros/DC Comics during a press conference, when the subject of Cap 3 and Batman V Superman once having the same release dates, leading to a potential comic book fantasy showdown. Its clear he wants more of a role in the MCU, and also wants his character to be given a new look while referencing the Falcon character’s costume in the comics…
Mackie: “I want my bird, man. I want my bird! The thing is, you know I’ve been emailing with people over at Marvel. I’ve putting it out there in the ethos that I’m going to have a new and improved costume and come out all flashy in spandex. So I’m hoping that I get a new and improved costume. That’s my whole thing. I’ve just been saying it, hoping that they’ll read it and say, “Alright, we have to give Anthony a new costume.” Please, dress me up in spandex!”
“I didn’t know. When we finished Cap 2 I asked and begged to come back, literally. So I found out when everybody else did. I got a call from my manager. He said, “They’re going to put you in Cap 3.” It’s always a surprise with Marvel, man. If you are not one of those like Thor or Cap, then you have no idea. The only person that had an early version of the script and read the outline was Chris Evans. I talk to him all the time because we are good friends and he would always say, “Man, the movie is going to be good.” I’m like, am I in it? He would say, “It’s going to be a big movie.” So he would never tell me if I was in it or not. Even he keeps secrets. It’s a dirty business.”
It’s practically his dream at this point to be in as much Marvel projects as possible, including the Avengers films. Though Age of Ultron has nearly wrapped up reshoots, Mackie is still pushing to get that call to make an appearance in the film. It’s very possible to include him in at the last moment. My only question is “why the hell not have him make a cameo“?
Mackie: “I hope. At this point, I have not. I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope. They’re doing reshoots and that’s why I’m letting them know I’m available. So whatever weekend they want me there, I’ll fly myself out and shoot whatever scene they want me in. Even if it’s like, “Oh man, it’s Iron Man and Hulk.” But I heard today in one of the interviews that someone thought I was in Ant-Man. I hope so! I hope I’m in Ant-Man. I hope I’m in Hulk 3, I hope I’m in Thor 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Me and Groot can boogie!”
Oh Mackie, don’t worry your time will come. I think Falcon will have a bigger part as the Phase 3 films start moving along. It’s confirmed there will be roster changes to the Avengers squad. Actors are nearing the end of their contracts, leaving the door open for other actors like Mackie, Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine (please don’t die in Age of Ultron)) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) to have more central roles in the MCU.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015
Captain America: Civil War will release in theaters on May 6, 2016
Quotes from Anthony Mackie in an interview with iamROGUE (via ScreenRant)