Why Anthony Mackie was hesitant about ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Why Anthony Mackie was hesitant about 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan for the titular roles, respectively.

Nearly two years have passed since the public last saw Anthony Mackie as Marvel’s Falcon. Following the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, the franchise halted its project releases until earlier this year.

On Disney+, Marvel dropped WandaVision, which has just ended its course on March 5. While the next film on their timeline may take a while, avid fans and followers of MCU may enjoy another miniseries on the streaming platform.

Weeks after the conclusion of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany-starred show, The Falcon and the Soldier Winter will drop to start its course. As fans now anticipate its arrival, Cheat Sheet revealed that the series main star was initially not on board with the project. As reported, Mackie did not want to pursue the miniseries.

Why Anthony Mackie did not want to do the miniseries

Speaking to Variety, Anthony Mackie shared about how he was “unsure” about making The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He explained that he had worries over the fans’ reaction and reception toward it.

Mackie thought that they could not do it on the television. He said that he “did not want to be the face of the first Marvel franchise to fail.”

He continued that it was a “huge fear” of his. Also, he knew the “huge responsibility [of] playing a Marvel character.”

Despite the fears and doubts, the Marvel actor eventually signed on to the project. As revealed, he changed his mind after reading Malcolm Spellman’s scripts.

The publication said that the writing for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier made him realize several things. These included how the material “could be a complex and successful entity” in the world of Marvel.

About ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

In the MCU timeline, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. It centers on the titular characters, Falcon/Sam Wilson and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes.

Nylon reported that the miniseries would drop on Disney+ on March 19. Similar to WandaVision, it is an exclusive material made for the streaming platform.

It houses a total of six episodes, which will drop every Friday. Each of the installments will likely last for 40 to 50 minutes.

Ahead of the premiere, Deadline released the official four posters that Marvel unveiled. It features Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, and Daniel Brühl.


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