If you’ve been paying attention to Marvel Studios’ onslaught of movies (and I’m sure you have), you already know that next year in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers:Age of Ultron, Earth’s mightiest heroes will be adding Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) to their ranks. But what about Falcon, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? According to Anthony Mackie, who portrays him in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he might not be around to lend a hand (or a wing) next time around. In a recent interview with MovieWeb, Mackie had this to say about his character being left out:
“Chris [Evans] is a good friend of mine. I know he’s read the script. He’s like, ‘Yo, man, I read the Avengers script. It’s good.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Yeah, Joss is doing rewrites, but it’s good. I was like, ‘Great! So … am I in it?’ And he says, ‘I’ve got to go. I’ll be back.’ What do you mean? Why can’t you just tell me if I’m in the movie? No one will tell me, not one person, so I gave up on it.”
So no official word yet saying that Mackie is in. Then again, no one has said he’s not in, so there’s still a chance he could receive a last-minute call from Marvel. Even if it happens, I think his role in the film might be a bit smaller since there will be so many heroes on screen at once. There’s no question that Whedon coordinated six superheroes phenomenally well in The Avengers. But with Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and possibly War Machine/Iron Patriot being added to the mix, there might not be room for Marvel’s winged warrior. Even if he doesn’t, he still has The Winter Soldier to show off his skills — which you can see in the video below — and if the movie does well at the box office, he’ll most likely show up for 2016’s Captain America 3.
Arriving April 4, Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones and Robert Redford.