‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: Anthony Mackie Initially Said Playing Captain America Was the ‘Worst Job’
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended its six-week run on Disney+ in April 2021. And now, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially have a new Captain America in Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson. Although the fate of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2 is unclear, Mackie recently opened up about why his first day as Captain America was a rough one.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ confirmed the new Captain America
Avengers: Endgame teased a very smooth hand-off of the shield from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to Sam Wilson. But as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier revealed, Sam is a lot more conflicted about it than fans originally thought. The show’s introduction of Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), a Black military veteran on whom the United States tested the Super Soldier Serum.
The true legacy behind Captain America makes Sam even more hesitant to take up the shield. But in the end, he stands up for what’s right and keeps fighting. In this regard, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier serves as Captain America 4, building on the themes from the Evans-led trilogy. A closing title card even renames the show Captain America and the Winter Soldier.
Anthony Mackie’s first day in the suit was rougher than he thought
Early in his career, Mackie dreamed of playing a superhero. And since 2014, he’s been an increasingly indispensable part of the MCU as the Falcon. Now his character, Sam Wilson, has been promoted to Captain America. Unfortunately, his first day in the new suit on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier wasn’t as enjoyable as Mackie hoped, he recently told USA Today.
“We were doing our fight sequence and he actually punched me in the face. And I have to say, I took a full punch from Georges St-Pierre [who plays Batroc], and I did not go down. Everybody saw it. They have it on tape. And then I took a full kick to the chest and I went down, but it didn’t knock me out. … It was a long day. So by the time I got to the Captain America moment, I was like, ‘Dude, this is the worst job. I want to go back to being the Falcon. Just leave me alone.’”
To Mackie’s point, Captain America has historically engaged in a lot more hand-to-hand combat than the Falcon. And in his single episode suited up as the new Cap, it seems Sam has switched up his fighting style accordingly. In addition to using his new vibranium wings to fight bad guys, he’s slowly mastering how to use the signature shield, as he does in the comics.
Have fans really seen the last of Chris Evans as Captain America?
As of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale, Sam Wilson is officially the MCU’s new Captain America. But it’s unclear whether fans have truly seen the last of Evans as Steve Rogers. The MCU has been noncommittal about his status, though Spider-Man: Far From Home reveals the public believes he is dead. But is he really, or is he consulting with Nick Fury on the moon?
Throughout The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the show jokes about a rumor that Steve Rogers isn’t dead but on the moon. Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury is on some kind of spacecraft, perhaps getting ready for the upcoming Secret Invasion show. So add to this the Deadline report that Evans could reappear, and we might have an elder Steve Rogers consulting with heroes.