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Mackie Talks ‘Civil War,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Hulk’ (?) and Marvel’s Plans

According to Anthony Mackie, he was just as surprised as everyone else when Marvel unveiled its massive slate of Phase 3 and Beyond films- including his own involvement in Captain America: Civil War. Mackie says he found out that his Falcon would be appearing in the film the same way the rest of us did. “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,” he tells I Am Rogue in a new interview. “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.” Mackie opened up about this, and many more Marvel-related topics in their exclusive sit-down with the actor.

On Marvel’s notoriously secretive methods for unveiling information about their films, Mackie added the following story:

“If you are not one of those like Thor or Cap, then you have no idea. The only person that had an early version ofthe 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.”

The actor sounds unsure about how closely Civil War will follow the original comics on which it is based:

“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.”

What about the design of his character? Will Falcon get a more fleshed out suit this time around? 

“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!”

In his next answer, Mackie may be accidentally spilling one of Marvel’s top secret plans. In an off-the-cuff response, illustrating how he’d love to be in every single Marvel movie because he finds the process so exciting and he loves the exposure as well as the doors it opens up to actors, he name-drops a sequel that has yet to be announced. In response to whether or now he may pop up in Avengers: Age of Ultron:

“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!”

Hulk 3, eh? Hmmm…

Lastly, Mackie sounds very excited about Black Panther entering the fray:

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.”

Mackie certainly sounds like he loves being part of Marvel’s ambitious plans: 

“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.”

SOURCE: I Am Rogue

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