The Falcon has quickly become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best side characters, thanks in large part to Anthony Mackie’s charming performance as Captain America’s best buddy (well, other than Bucky Barnes of course). Mackie will reprise the role in Captain America: Civil War this May, but some have wondered whether the character could get his own standalone story in the MCU someday.
However, Mackie isn’t convinced there needs to be a Falcon movie. Speaking to IGN on the set of the new film Triple 9, Mackie was asked whether he’d want to star in a Falcon movie and the actor gave a surprising answer:
“No I don’t know man. I don’t know. I like going to work with good people. Like shooting this movie [Triple 9] it wasn’t really work. We got to hang out and have a good time and really get to know each other. I’ve admired Aaron Paul’s work long before Breaking Bad. I’ve admired Chiwetel [Ejiofor]’s work. Kate [Winslet] is admirable. So to be able to go to work and meet these people and see the way they work and kind of delve into their process as well is really a learning experience for me. So I feel like when you go to work and it’s just you and it’s me – ‘Look at me, haha’ – it takes away from that.”
Mackie was then pushed a little further on the subject, questioned whether or not if he would turn Marvel down if they asked him to be in a Falcon solo movie. “I don’t know, I don’t know. That means my dudes are not going to be there. So Chris [Evans] is not going to be there. Sebastian [Stan] is not going to be there.”
Mackie’s Triple 9 co-star then chimed in and suggested that Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan could always make a cameo appearance, but Mackie wasn’t really having it:
“No, no. Then that week is going to be hell. Hanging out with Chris for a week and then he’s like ‘I don’t want to leave!’ And I’m like ‘Chris dude, you gotta leave.’ You know, it’s just going to be a problem.”
While some fans holding out for a Falcon movie might find Mackie’s comments disheartening, it’s refreshing to see an actor be totally at ease with their place in something as gigantic as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mackie clearly enjoys the ensemble nature of his time on the various films he’s worked on and there’s really nothing wrong with that.