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What does Sam Wilson do when he’s not off Avenging? What is he doing when he’s not guarding the new team’s headquarters from Ant-Man? For that matter, how is Steve Rogers’ search for love going? While these may be fun questions to ponder, Anthony Mackie doesn’t want to see them play out on screen. Ever.
While on the Atlanta set of Captain America: Civil War, the actor was asked if those bits should be in future Marvel movies, and he explained to CinemaBlend:
No, no, people don’t come to Marvel movies for personal life subplots, no. If you literally are watching this movie and we go, on a side note, Falcon is over here trying to get a date at a coffee shop, you would shoot yourself in the face. Literally. It’s like, where’s Falcon? 'Oh, he’s at the coffee shop on Tindr again.' That would be the worst. [laughter] My non-ending quest to figure out Tinder. 'How do I upload my picture? My wings don’t fit?' That would be awful.
Furthermore, Anthony Mackie is happy with Falcon remaining a supporting character instead of the star of his own Marvel movie. "I’m really cool with being that tall on the poster," he joked, making a small gesture. "Really cool. I do not need that." At least he gets to stand by Cap's side in the latest poster.
That said, fans will be seeing a more fully formed Falcon in Civil War, as opposed to his brief appearances in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confirmed we’ll be seeing a lot of him and Black Widow, while Mackie said Wilson gets to become his own person this time.
Now, everyone knows who I am, so it’s not, 'Who’s the flying guy?' It’s more of, 'Hey, Falcon is here.' So, you can see my relationship with everyone else has grown, as opposed to being the new guy on the team.
In Captain America: Civil War, the governments of the world introduce the Sokovia Accords, which impose harsher restrictions on superhuman activity and a system of accountability on the Avengers. The team is split in two with factions forming around Iron Man, who supports the action, and Captain America, who’s against it. Falcon joins Team Cap with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), while Team Stark consists of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). We’ll see how long those allegiances last, though.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who will go on to helm the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.