Anthony Mackie has been moving up the ranks in the MCU ever since Chris Evans’ Captain America handed him the shield to be the next captain. His journey began in 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier as Falcon, and his upcoming Captain America: Brave New World film will probably cement his status as the new leader of the Avengers.
However, Mackie originally wasn’t interested in portraying Falcon. In fact, he didn’t even know that he was being brought in to play that character. Instead, he had his eyes on one of the most popular characters in the MCU and was desperately trying to convince Marvel Studios to let him play that role.
Anthony Mackie Was Desperate To Play Black Panther In The MCU
In an interview with Inverse, Anthony Mackie revealed that before joining the MCU as Falcon, he had written multiple letters to the Marvel Studios. In all of them, he requested them to let him join their franchise as Black Panther. But why T’Challa specifically? because he loved the character. Mackie said:
“I had been contacting Marvel a lot about Black Panther. I had written them letters. I was trying to find a way to make them make Black Panther. And I wanted to be Black Panther because growing up I f**king loved Black Panther.”
The actor also stated that he thought Marvel would develop a Black Panther project eventually, as it was their most prominent Black superhero. So he put all his cards on the table. However, Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as Marvel producer Nate Moore were making Captain America: The Winter Solider at the time.
So they offered him the role of Sam Wilson, and this shocked Mackie immensely. The star said, “I’m like, ‘Really?'” But everything turned out well for the actor, and now he will get to lead his own Marvel film- Captain America: Brave New World. The actor also revealed that he wants his own Captain America elevator scene in the film.
Anthony Mackie Wants An Upgraded Captain America Elevator Fight Scene
In an interview with E! News, Anthony Mackie revealed that he was jealous of the famous elevator fight scene in Captain America: The Winter Solider. In the scene, Chris Evans’ Captain America gets cornered in an elevator, and that results in one of the finest choreographed close-quarter action sequences in the history of superhero films.
Obviously, the Synchronic star wants a scene with his captain that can rival that. He said:
“I want a fight scene that rivals Chris Evans’ fight scene in the elevator [in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Solider] when he fought like 10 dudes in the elevator. That was a badass scene. The first time I saw that, I was like, ‘That’s crazy.’ So I just want a fight scene that rivals that.”
It remains to be seen if Mackie gets his dream fulfilled this time or not. But if he gets a similar action sequence, it will send a ripple throughout the MCU fandom.
Captain America: Brave New World will be released on May 3, 2024.