EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Anthony Mackie Talks 'Captain America: Civil War' and Possibly Appearing in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:26
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Scheduled to open in theaters on May 6th 2016 is the highly anticipated upcoming Marvel Studios movie Captain America: Civil War, which is a follow up to last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film is loosely based on the beloved comic book Civil War by author Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven. Set to reprise their roles in Captain America: Civil War are Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, and Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones. The movie will also introduce Chadwick Boseman (42) as T'Challa/Black Panther, and Daniel Bruhl (Rush) in an undisclosed role. 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Anthony Mackie to talk about his work on Black or White, which opens in theaters on January 30th. While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the film's release date, we wanted to let you know now what Mackie had to say about his upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War, as well as possibly appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The popular actor candidly discussed Civil War, how he found out that he was going to be in it, Marvel's secrecy, the original comic book source material, not reading the script yet, Black Panther's introduction to the MCU, if he think the Falcon will be on Team Cap or Team Stark, meeting Robert Downey Jr., his hope that the new Falcon costume will closer resemble the comic books, and if the actor is going to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

To watch our exclusive interview with Anthony Mackie about Captain America: Civil War and possibly appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron, please click on the video player above. 

If you don't have time to watch our video, you can read below what Anthony Mackie had to say about Captain America: Civil War and possibly appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron

IAR: To begin with, it was recently announced that you would be reprising your role as Falcon in Captain America: Civil War. Did you know that you would be returning or was it news to you too?

Anthony Mackie: 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. 

Have you read the graphic novel Civil War by Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven?

Mackie: I have. You know, I'm not sure how close it will stay because I haven't read anything. I just found out literally this week. I haven't gotten a script or an outline. I don't know how much of it I'm going to be in. I have no idea how they are going to use me. But you know, the Civil War comic book, there is so much there. I don't know how they are going to condense it and make it into a movie because it is a civil war. It's epic! Look at the way it's going now when they announced Phase 3, with Black Panther and Dr. Strange coming into the fold. I have no idea what they are going to do with this movie. I just know that Cap 3 has to be better than Cap 2. So I know Cap 3 is going to be mind-blowing. 

Were you excited when you heard that Black Panther would be introduced in Captain America: Civil War?

Mackie: I was. I was very, very excited. When we were shooting Cap 2 I would always have conversations with them about Black Panther because I wanted to stress the importance of that character to the movie going populous. I couldn't be happier that they cast Chadwick (Boseman). He's a remarkable young man. I've known him off and on for over ten years now. I first met him in '98 at Howard (University) down in D.C. I've only known him from a far. But the more I've heard of him from people who are in his inner circle, the more I've been proud of the fact that someone who did the work, and did their due diligence, is being rewarded at a rate like this in his career because he truly deserves it. 

In Civil War, which side do you think Sam Wilson will choose? Will he be on Team Cap, or Team Stark?

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. 

How important do you think it was for Marvel to get Robert Downey Jr. to star in Captain America: Civil War?

Mackie: It's huge! It's funny, I've met Robert a few times and I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what he would be like because he is such a mega star and has had so many phases of his career. I have to say, he couldn't be more of a down to Earth, fun to be around, cool, smart person. Every time you talk to him, it's just mind-blowing the stories he tells, and the way he looks at this Iron Man phenomenon and how it's helping him in the third phase of his career to open doors to do projects that he has wanted to do forever but couldn't. The great thing about these Marvel movies is that everybody in the world sees them. Not just everybody in California and New York, everybody in the world! That’s something that an actor can only dream of having that opportunity. 

Will the Falcon's costume look similar to how it did in Winter Soldier, or more like his classic costume from the comic books?

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!

Finally, did you shoot a scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Will you be appearing in that sequel before audiences see you in Civil War?

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!


Following the events of the Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man (Downey Jr.) or Captain America (Evans), which causes an epic battle between former allies.

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to open in theaters on May 6th 2016.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1st.

To watch our San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 interviews with the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron, please click here

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