When Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuts in theaters April 4, fans will be introduced to a brand new member of the Marvel cinematic universe in Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, played by the incredibly talented Anthony Mackie. This character is steeped in Marvel lore, dating back to 1969 when he debuted as mainstream comics' first African-American superhero. With the inclusion of Falcon in the upcoming Marvel Phase Two sequel, surely Marvel has plans to utilize him again, right? According to Anthony Mackie himself, that may not be the case.
I had the chance to speak with the actor yesterday at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier junket, and I had to ask whether or not he will be appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor revealed in February that he has been actively asking the powers that be at Marvel whether or not The Falcon will soar again, but he still hasn't gotten a straight answer from anyone yet, including producer Kevin Feige and Chris Evans. And now, with shooting to start in three weeks, it actually looks pretty bleak for the actor.
Take a look at what he had to say:
"(Laughs) I wish. Everybody says that but Kevin Feige. Chris is a good friend of mine. The movie starts in three weeks. I know he's read the script. He's like, 'Yo, man, I read the Avengers script. It's good.' I was like, 'Really?' He said, 'Yeah, Joss (Whedon) is doing rewrites, but it's good. I was like, 'Great! So... am I in it?' And he says, 'I've got to go. I'll be back.' What do you mean? Why can't you just tell me if I'm in the movie? No one will tell me, not one person, so I gave up on it."
Of course, it's possible that Marvel calls at the last minute and brings him back, but, for the time being, don't get your hopes up to see The Falcon in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Stay tuned for my full interview with Anthony Mackie for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as we near closer to its April 4 release date.