More From Anthony Mackie On CAPTAIN AMERICA 2; Keeps Mum On The Falcon's ‘Redwing’

More From Anthony Mackie On CAPTAIN AMERICA 2; Keeps Mum On The Falcon's ‘Redwing’

Confirming an exact shooting date for the anticipated sequel, Anthony Mackie comments on the Russo Brothers, Chris Evans, and more about The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Following a screening of his recent crime film, Gangster Squad, Anthony Mackie attended a Q&A with Ain't It Cool News, where he offered more thoughts about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Confirming that filming will kickoff on April 1st, Mackie plays coy about whether The Falcon's well-bonded pet falcon, Redwing, will appear on-screen, among other things.

While he's apparently never been the first choice for a role throughout his career, Mackie said, after being reminded about the Marvel sequel, “Okay, I was the first choice for that. I forgot about that. But that was another one of those things where they are like… Actually wait, was I? I was! You got me, that was it. But I can’t talk about it. I’m in it.” The interviewer then straightforwardly asked if The Falcon's pet falcon, Redwing, who the superhero shared a mental and emotional connection with in the comics, will appear in the movie. Intentionally avoiding the question, Mackie asserts, “I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier. (laughing) Man, I told you I can’t talk,” he joked, after being asked the same question once more. “This is the first job I got asked to do first, and you’re trying to get me fired first. I have no idea what you’re talking about. This is what I learned about franchises. They can always cast somebody else and say, “Well that last person died,” or just not address it. You see the second movie, and the guy is a different guy than the first, and they're like, ‘Yep, same dude to me.’ “I am very happy to be here (in his Eddie Murphy/Coming To America voice).”

About The Winter Soldier's duo directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Mackie was then inquired about NBC's Community, which the Russo brothers executive produced and directed episodes of, and whether the series played a part of him wanting to join the Marvel venture. “A little bit,” he admitted. “The thing about Community is it’s not a natural sitcom. It works really well and it’s very character driven. So when I saw the show, because I have a friend on the show, I’ve seen it a few times, I was surprised that they picked the two of them to direct it. But then after the success of the The Avengers, I understood why. Avengers did really well, because it was serious at times and funny at times, and it was just a lighthearted, feel-good, buy-some-popcorn movie, and they are really talented guys and they are really open to the idea of bringing a new spin to the Captain America franchise, so I look forward to seeing what they do with it once I read it.”

Speaking on his relationship with the Captain America star, Chris Evans, who he just wrapped filming with on A Many Splintered Thing, Mackie says, “Chris and I have been in a lot of dark places together, and the thing I love about Chris, we met over some "apple juice" and it was like one of those experiences where there’s a dude you meet and you’re like “Man, you’re a cool dude.” Then a whole bottle of "apple juice" later you’re like “Man, we're friends.” Just a dark, dark place.”

“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.”

Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where the highly anticipated film “Marvel’s The Avengers” leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D, and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. Starring Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and is scheduled for release on April 4, 2014.

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Ha1frican - 1/14/2013, 5:53 AM
I never thought about it in terms of the Avengers but now the choice forthe Russo brothers makes sense. Think about it for Avengers we got someone who's main credit was Buffy... BUFFY. Granted he had directed 1 film before but still to bring in a guy that had trouble keeping shows on the air that werent about Vampires to helm the biggest CBM of al time should have been seen as ludicrous, and the Russo Bros are in the same situation.
marvel72 - 1/14/2013, 6:02 AM
i'm looking forward to captain america the winter soldier but i'm also a little concerned about who they've chosen to direct it.

marvel studios haven't made bad choices with the directors they have chosen in the past,so this may turnout alright in the end.
shamo - 1/14/2013, 6:12 AM
get the Russo Bros the fucc outta here. HIRE a REAL DIRECTOR NEXT TIME MARVEL.
but still, i'm excited to see what Mackie brings to the table. been waiting for him to blow up since his performance in Hurt Locker. hopefully this will be the platform he needs.
TheRedSkull - 1/14/2013, 6:27 AM
I'm interested to see how they project Falcon, here's hoping it's not along the lines of Angel in X3. Although good for the time, we need a more technological route. And I'm also not saying Falcon has natural wings built onto him, but sometimes things look silly unless done right
StrangerX - 1/14/2013, 6:31 AM
Ok. So he will have wings he will be fighting, and namely The Winter Soldier. That's Interesting!!
KaneRomita - 1/14/2013, 6:40 AM
Maybe the Falcon's wings will be of Wakandan design.?

I hope Redwing is in it.
jimoakley666 - 1/14/2013, 6:46 AM
They have got a task on their hands trying to sort out the dodgy mess that is Falcon's costume. I can't wait to see what they come up with. The obvious first casualty will have to be that big gay open top mask. Goggles with a titanium nose piece, I say.
Funsize - 1/14/2013, 6:50 AM
April? I thought it was March :(
darkjoker1 - 1/14/2013, 6:51 AM
wow thats some strong apple juice XD hahaha
FirstAvenger - 1/14/2013, 6:58 AM
Apple juice really?
superpooper - 1/14/2013, 7:02 AM
Can't wait to see what he looks like. Hope it doesn't suck ass. That psychic bird shit is pretty dumb. I can live without that.
Jaspion - 1/14/2013, 7:03 AM
So they have been in a lot of dark places together.. And now they are friends.
LEEE777 - 1/14/2013, 7:18 AM
FALCON would be cool, glad Will Smith ain't eying the role

CavEl - 1/14/2013, 7:30 AM
Red-Wings? God no!
CharlesLord - 1/14/2013, 7:35 AM
lmfao bottles of apple juice in dark places? wtf happened?
PapaEmeritus - 1/14/2013, 7:42 AM
I really hope they drop the ridiculous 70's outfit style! LOL
superotherside - 1/14/2013, 8:05 AM
Can't wait for Cap 2!
marvel72 - 1/14/2013, 8:30 AM
@ im53

whedon seeing over phase 2 is a valid point,marvel maybe seeing something in the russos i'm not.

we'll have to wait & see,i'd be quite happy to be proven wrong.
Spideyguy94 - 1/14/2013, 8:36 AM
@fettastic are you serious? Being a comic book geek is not what makes a superhero movie, a great director, script and actors do and green lantern had a great director. What made green lantern shit was a terrible script and mediocre acting not the director. What you have just said is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen on this site.
shamo - 1/14/2013, 8:50 AM
@ Spideyguy94 the Director is responsible for both the acting and the script as well. he's responsible for the overall product and not just the camerawork. so yes, his directing did indeed suck.

so i'd say its a bit of both. someone who respects/understands the soul of the source material and someone who's a talented film maker, like Nolan and Whedon.
RyGoR - 1/14/2013, 9:11 AM
I can't wait to see how they're gonna do the fight scenes in this one!
Super12 - 1/14/2013, 9:23 AM
I like this guy. And Community flippin rules so I have no qualms about this movie. Bring it on!
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/14/2013, 9:32 AM
"I don't know, DC hired Martin Campbell to direct Green Lantern, about as good and proven of an action director as you can find.....and he [frick]ed it. Why? Because he wasn't a comic book nerd like us."


no just no.

burton- batman, donner - superman, raimi - spiderman, nolan -batman, favreau-ironman are all directors that knew shit about comicbooks and they gave us the best cbms.


singer was a huge superman nerd and look at the shit that was superman returns.
elessarundomiel2382 - 1/14/2013, 9:56 AM
Not a huge fan og ultimate falcon.......too plain. Not everyone needs to be working for SHIELD
shamo - 1/14/2013, 10:35 AM
Nolan was a batman fan actually.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/14/2013, 10:50 AM
He is going to own this role he excited to have it and loves the character can't wait for Cap 2
jimoakley666 - 1/14/2013, 11:10 AM
batz11 - A cross between the two would be nice. I could see him in a mostly white SHIELD uniform with the mechanical wings on his back. Some kind of new SHIELD flying harness prototype.
YoungThanos - 1/14/2013, 11:34 AM
His powers and look will likely be similar Arch Angels.
Tymminator - 1/14/2013, 11:53 AM
I thought Favreau was a fan as a kid as well, could be wrong.
Tymminator - 1/14/2013, 11:56 AM
It's not as much a fan, as respecting the source material. Now respecting the source material does not mean you have to do everything by by the letter,(you may change some things from origins and costumes or whatnot)but that you capture the essence and spirit of the character or characters.
jazzman - 1/14/2013, 12:21 PM

sorry but your wrong Singer was never a Superman fan he was only a fan of Donner's Superman movies. he was never a fan of the Superman comics he even refuse DC from sending him the comics.
Durf - 1/14/2013, 12:55 PM
I like many here have my concerns about the Russo brothers, but like @53 I am willing to give them a chance to prove me wrong. Also, like he said Whedon is over seeing this too.

@jimoakley: I like that idea
Gary8264 - 1/14/2013, 2:56 PM
I hope the Russo's pull it off. I was worried when I found out that Whedon was directin' the Avengers...and that turned out better than I coulda hoped. I'll give the Bro's a chance, maybe they'll surprise us. Oh, and You, Me, & Dupre really was a piece of crap, and I'm a big fan of Kate Hudson.
"Make Mine Marvel"
InfiniteMonkey - 1/14/2013, 3:46 PM
Can't wait to see this.
They should get the Wachawski brother and sister to direct the next Marvel movie.
Those guys can do wonders for a film.

siggisuperman - 1/14/2013, 3:49 PM
The thing that we need to keep in mind is that these movies are a TEAM EFFORT

I think MARVEL would rather hire nerds that respect the source material and know how to play in a team, than some hot shot director who thinks he has a way to make captain america better than the comics.

Russo brothers are nerds. They know how to keep in touch with fans. And being fresh in from tv they don't have the arrogance that directors sometimes have.
siggisuperman - 1/14/2013, 3:56 PM
The man in the cold sweat Tim Burton knows shit about comics ? I mean I hate Tim Burton but he probably knows more about comics than most CBM directors. Sam Raimi has always loved comics he even tried to make a motion comic before they were invented. He also made Darkman one of the early CBM'S

Pretty sure Favrau is a comic nerd too so youre pretty much wrong on all counts

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