Whenever Marvel Studios lands an actor for a significant role in their cinematic universe, there’s a very good chance they’re going to have the person in question sign a multi-picture deal. Actually, this doesn’t just apply to major players like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, as it also extends to important supporting characters like War Machine, Winter Soldier and the subject of today’s discussion, the Falcon.
Originally introduced to True Believers by way of Captain America: The Winter Solider back in 2014, Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson has proven to be a great complement to Steve Rogers, thereby giving the Sentinel of Liberty a best buddy for the modern era. It probably also helps that they both share a strong moral core, which is why Sam inherited the mantle of Captain America upon the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.
If you’re keeping score at home, then you may be wondering for how much longer Mackie is contracted. According to a profile published by Men’s Health, Anthony first auditioned for the role of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 before inking a ten-picture deal with Marvel Studios. Granted, the upcoming Falcon and Winter Solider show on Disney+ may complicate that, so he says, “I just wait for the phone call.”
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So far, six of those obligations have been fulfilled: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. With four remaining outside of the aforementioned TV show, one would certainly hope that at least one includes Mackie headlining a Captain America film of his own. Really, to hand him the torch and not go through with it seems like a waste.
Similar to how both Wonder Woman and Black Panther were superhero flicks of great cultural importance, so too could be one featuring a black Captain America. I think Mackie knows this as well, telling the publication the following:
“I knew the magnitude of Black Panther, just like I knew the magnitude of Wonder Woman. I’ve been saying for years: If you’re going to make any movie, you make those two movies, because they’re going to make a trillion dollars. They represent a whole different sector of our society that’s underrepresented and underappreciated.”
Tell us, do you want to see Anthony Mackie headline a Captain America movie for Marvel Studios? Or do you prefer him in the Falcon role? Let us know in the comments section below!
Source: Men's Health