When Anthony Mackie joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ten years ago, he did so with a firm belief that he would play Black Panther, as the American actor revealed in a recent interview with turning back. It was only after accepting Marvel Studios’ offer that he found out he was actually wanted for the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon, which he eventually played in six films and one TV series.
However, his suspicions about Black Panther were not unfounded. Mackie had been trying to persuade the House of Ideas to bring the story of T’Challa and the world of Wakanda to the big screen; Adaptation that would not see the light of day until 2018, with Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
“I had contacted Marvel many times to talk about Black Panther,” he said turning back. “I wrote them letters. I was trying to find a way to make Black Panther. And I wanted to be Black Panther because I loved it as a kid ».
With that in mind, one fine day they called his agent to set up an appointment with Nate Moore, the producer of Marvel, and the directing duo of brothers Joe and Anthony Russo.
“I’ll never forget Joe Russo saying to me, ‘Listen, we’re going to make this film and we want you to be there.’ We can’t say which character you’ll be playing or who else will be in it. Would you do it?’ And that’s it,” the actor recalled. “I told them, ‘You know what? I like them. I will do that. I will walk this journey with you.’”
Of course, it turned out to be the movie they were talking about Captain America and the Winter Soldier (2014), which would eventually become – in the eyes of fans – one of the best parts of the entire MCU. However, Anthony Mackie was far from aware of this and at the time could only react with a degree of disappointment when his desire to play Black Panther fell through.
“What another great character in comics [en materia de personajes negros] has enough exposure to deserve a movie of its own? When they told me it would be Sam Wilson, I was like, ‘Really?'”
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In any case, the 44-year-old actor can no longer complain about the absence of his solo film. After the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019) and the character’s development in the series Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Sam Wilson is officially the new MCU Captain America and will star in the next installment of this superhero’s film saga; With Anthony Mackie playing the character, of course.
The volume in question bears the title Captain America: Brave New WorldDirected by Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) and filming began in March 2023. While there are no specific plot details, Mackie shared turning back In terms of characterization, we’ll see the new Captain America as someone less action-packed compared to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). The difference, of course, is that Sam Wilson’s predecessor had superpowers and he didn’t.
“It’s more about his ability to socialize and offer advice,” the actor said of his character. “He’s not as fearless when it comes to taking up arms as Steve Rogers. Having a super serum makes you unbeatable, so your answer to everything is: fight. But Sam Wilson can easily die. [por lo que en su caso] Appearance is the last resort.
Captain America: Brave New World The theatrical release is scheduled for July 26, 2024 as part of Phase 5 of the MCU. The cast is joined by Danny Ramírez, Carl Lumbly, Tim Blake Nelson, Shira Hass, Liv Tyler and Harrison Ford.