Needless to say, there will be spoilers in this article, so stop reading now if you want to go into Avengers: Infinity War knowing nothing.
One intriguing aspect of Avengers: Infinity War is that this likely will be the first time that several heroes in the MCU are facing down a threat that is not of this world. Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) stared down human antagonists in their previous adventures, and while the Avengers saw a portal open in the sky over Manhattan in the original Avengers movie, aliens aren't a normal occurrence outside of the Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy franchises. So how will Falcon feel about a mission that puts him in Thanos' path? We asked Anthony Mackie when we were on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, and the actor explained to us:
One thing about Falcon I've always loved since the beginning of discovering this character is his military background, his belief that his job in life [is] to fight for his fellow man. So when he hears about those [situations] and his overall idea of world destruction, he's very disheartened and shaken by it. He's eager to get into the fight against this super evil, this diabolical demon known as Thanos.
Being willing to hop into the battle, and then facing a giant purple dude (Josh Brolin) with a powerful gauntlet on his hand are two totally different situations. Falcon, to this point, has been loyal to Captain America (Chris Evans), even if it meant traveling to Berlin to stand off against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his team of Avengers. The more Anthony Mackie elaborated on his role in Avengers: Infinity War, the more he explained that Falcon's loyalty has shifted over time, but he'll always be ready when Cap calls. Mackie said:
The thing for me is that continuous line, being a supporter of Cap, and where he is in his journey. I kind of enjoy being along for the ride, step-by-step. You know, when I first met the Avengers I was like, 'Holy shit. If the Avengers need me, I'm there!' You know it's just been ridiculous moment after ridiculous moment for me. So you know, when I walk up and see a talking raccoon, it's just a ridiculous moment leading to the next ridiculous thing. You know, so it's always just a fun journey.
The journey continues in Avengers: Infinity War, where we know Falcon will fly over the fields of Wakanda and fire weapons at Thanos' army of minions:
We'll see how it all plays out when the movie opens in theaters on April 27. Our set visit coverage from Atlanta will continue this week. Also, all of our Avengers: Infinity War set coverage can be found here. And you can bookmark our Upcoming Marvel Movies guide to stay up to date on all of the future happenings in the MCU.