After debuting as the Marvel superhero codenamed Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, star Anthony Mackie hasn't been shy about expressing his own fandom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his potential long-term role in it. When we spoke with him at Comic-Con, Mackie made it clear that he would love nothing more than to become a member of The Avengers.
In Captain America: Civil War, he'll get his wish. The third Captain America solo movie is nothing but, and will potentially include more avengers than this summer's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the main Marvel Comics universe, Falcon (real name: Sam Wilson) is quite a bit different, has a colorful costume and the ability to communicate with birds. With Captain America 2 serving as an origin story of sorts for the live-action version of the character, fans will witness Falcon step into his own in Captain America 3. But who will he side with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of the heroes vs. heroes battle known as Civil War and will he get a new costume and/or abilities closer to that of the books?
"Don't look at me. I do what he does, just slower." - Falcon to Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
It seems like a no brainer that Falcon will align himself with Captain America in the battle against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), no matter what, given their relationship and shared beliefs, but in speaking with iamROGUE while promoting his upcoming film Black or White, Mackie leaves the possibility open that Wilson could be working alongside Tony Stark - the man who "privatized world peace."
"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. "
We have a feeling Mackie knows more than he's letting on (more on that later), and it's a given that the Falcon character will ultimately side with Cap. That being said, the veteran Air Forces member does need a new flight suit and if anyone can upgrade and outfit Falcon, it's going to be Stark Industries.
"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!"
Don't count on Sam Wilson suiting up in tights, but expect a new, higher-tech and perhaps more weaponized suit. His mechanical EXO-7 Falcon wings from Captain America: The Winter Soldier were limited and required the user to carry traditional weapons during combat, so we wouldn't be surprised to see a new set of wings in Civil War with more flight power, perhaps even a new, retro color scheme. As for his pet bird from the comics, don't expect that element of Marvel Comics to be adapted. Instead, they could draw inspiration from that and give Falcon's suit new abilities. Give him a drone instead.
Mackie is very familiar with the Civil War story in the comics, along with the rich history of the Falcon character. He knows it'll be different in the film despite reiterating that he's yet to read a script for Captain America: Civil War. It wasn't until recently it was officially confirmed that he'd be returning alongside his Winter Soldier co-stars Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan and Scarlett Johansson.
"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."
Where Johansson's Black Widow we can see being potentially a little less loyal to Captain America in the feud against Iron Man, Falcon's a guaranteed supporter of Steve Rogers. And one day, just like in the comics, we could see Falcon become the next Cap. If Captain America: Civil War does end with Steve Rogers not being able to wear the suit anymore, the real question is whether or not his WWII pal Bucky (The Winter Soldier) suits up as the next Captain America first, like in the books, or if they'll skip ahead to Falcon. According to Mackie, as long as Chris Evans keeps playing Captain America, he's loving the idea of playing Falcon for years to come.
Before Captain America: Civil War kicks off Phase 3 in 2016 though, there's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Given the rumors that The Avengers sequel could see several familiar and new heroes make a cameo appearance, has Mackie shot something along those lines?
"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!"
Captain America 3 begins shooting in April and Mackie tells Collider that the film "is so far beyond Avengers 2.5 and onto the realm of Avengers 3.8." Both Age of Ultron and Ant-Man have wrapped principal photography and are in post-production and it's still possible to for Mackie to participate in pickup shots or reshoots until then. And if not, Falcon will undoubtedly return alongside Captain America 2 & 3 directors Anthony and Joe Russo for The Avengers: Infinity War.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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