How Falcon And Ant-Man's Relationship Will Grow In Captain America: Civil War

As Marvel fans know, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man didn’t exactly start their relationship on the best of terms. As we saw in the latter’s solo film this past summer, they first encountered each other while the shrinking hero was trying to steal something from the New Avengers Facility, and the result was a fight that left Falcon just a little embarrassed. Soon we will be seeing the two characters come together once again in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, but what should we expect? According to Mackie, one key thing that will be on the menu will be a whole lot of humor.

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star this afternoon at the Los Angeles press day for Our Brand Is Crisis, and it was while discussing his next big Marvel Studios adventure that the actor revealed what we can anticipate from Falcon and Ant-Man being back together in the new sequel. I asked Mackie how the two heroes will be getting along after their first encounter, and he explained,

Yeah, our relationship is… yeah [laughs]. It grows in Civil War. But that’s Paul Rudd, man. Paul Rudd and I just make fun of each other all the time, so it just carries over into the movie. So I respect his [Kansas City] Royals – I’m pulling for his Royals – but we just make fun of each other all the time.

Is anyone not tremendous excited just hearing this? There are a lot of great comedic voices in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd certainly rank towards the top, and the idea of seeing them constantly exchanging barbs sounds absolutely delightful. Thanks to the tone of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we weren’t really imagining Captain America: Civil War to be one of Marvel’s funnier entries, but this news definitely alters our perceptions a little bit.

Of course, while Falcon and Ant-Man may continue to antagonize each other in the upcoming blockbuster, they will still be fighting on the same team. As we learned a couple months back, both men will be joining Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Agent 13, and Hawkeye in the fight against the new global superhero legislation (which we know of right now as "The Accords"). They will be facing off against the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Vision and Black Panther, and while those two teams seem to be a bit uneven, we fully expect plenty of surprises throughout the movie that will help make it a fair fight.

Captain America: Civil War has wrapped production, and is currently making its way through the post-production process to get ready for its May 5, 2016 release date. Stay tuned for more info about the film, as well as from our interview with Anthony Mackie!

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