Marvel Series ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Star Anthony Mackie: ‘Sam Never Took the Shield’

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be the second Marvel streaming series centered on characters from the MCU. After WandaVision, fans will see Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) have new adventures after Avengers: Endgame. That ending of Endgame created some mystery about what role Wilson, aka Falcon, will have moving forward.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.]

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson in Captain America: Civil War
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Mackie appeared on IMDb’s That Scene with Dan Patrick podcast On Feb. 9. Discussing Avengers: Endgame and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Mackie cleared up some questions about the Marvel world. 

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has an official release date of March 19 on Disney+. Its original 2020 release was delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Marvel series follows the ending of Avengers: Endgame, but Mackie says if people expect him to take up the Captain America shield, they may have misunderstood the movie’s ending.

Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier poster
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“It was weird because at no point in time did I accept the shield,” Mackie told Patrick. “Sam never took the shield. When Cap gave it to him he says, ‘I don’t like it, because it’s yours.’ At no point in time did he say, ‘I’m Captain America Now.’ It was more so a sadness that his friend is leaving him. Only thing bumming me out is the fact that I have to live in a world without captain America.”

What Captain America will mean in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Reports have suggested there will be more than one new Captain America on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Mackie hinted at what the moniker could mean in the Marvel series without Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier logo
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“I’s a slippery slope,” Mackie said. “I think at this day and age, nobody expected us to be where we are today when Endgame came out, you know? So, it’s interesting now what that moniker means in America in the world today, as opposed to when the movie came out.”

The world has changed since Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Avengers: Endgame jumped five years ahead after The Snap. However, that was a jump in the fictional Marvel world. The real world has been through a pandemic and protests against police violence since the last Marvel movie came out. Mackie said he now thinks about what Captain America means when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres.

Anthony Mackie in Captain America: Civil War
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I just think it’s a feeling of self-question,” Mackie said. “You know, as a Black man in America, every day you have to wake up and ask yourself that question, how is your day going to go and what you’re going to put into your day to make sure you make it home safely.”