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Falcon was one of the 50% dust-busted by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Because he's not Mark Ruffalo or Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie has avoided spoiling anything further. He's acting like that's it for Sam, he's dead, he's out, he's not coming back for Avengers: Endgame. That's how his video interview with BUILD Series played out, and then it took a hilarious turn when Mackie suggested a better death scene than Falcon just turning to "dirt."
BUILD Series: Does it feel good to have finished your time with the Avengers?
Anthony Mackie: I felt like I wish I had ended in a better way.
BUILD Series: No chance we're going to be seeing you again?
Anthony Mackie: No, because -- spoiler alert, we all disappeared. Like, we evaporated, Thanos turned us into dust. ... So, you know, I wish I had died a better way than turning to dirt. I feel like everybody who has died had this cool death scene. We were on set, and I'm laying down in the mud and it's cold, and the Russo Brothers are like, 'You're disintegrating, think about, you're leaving Earth, what would you say?' And I'm like 'Cap?' ... dust. Those are my last words? I felt like it could've been better, for me. [...] I wish I was running and like Scarlett Johanasson was there and I jump on her and take a bullet and she cries and I'm laying there. And I say 'I did it for you' and she's like 'You were always my favorite.' And then you take the crane and you pan out and she passionately kisses me...
Hey, maybe Scarlett Johansson would be into that idea. Maybe Anthony Mackie's Falcon can be revived to join her Black Widow movie. Sorry, Bruce Banner.
No one should buy the idea that this is it for Anthony Mackie's Sam/Falcon. Falcon was even on the list of potential characters to maybe pick up Captain America's shield if/when Chris Evans leaves. Plus, Disney+ is said to be working on some kind of TV series for Falcon and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). If that happens, keep poor Tom Holland away from that set. Mackie and Stan are known for roasting Holland on any and all occasions. They have way too much fun during interviews, and most of it is just trash-talking horseplay.
Last year, Anthony Mackie had joked that Falcon was safe from being killed off in Avengers: Infinity War because he can fly. Obviously that didn't save Falcon, and Mackie knew that at the time.
There's a lot of speculation around Avengers: Endgame, but we're expecting to see some if not all of the dusted characters back again. Heck, Peter Parker has his own movie in July, so that has to be explained. Falcon's story will almost certainly continue, and answers on how it all plays out will (hopefully) arrive on April 26. Here's what else is playing on the big screen in busy 2019.