With Captain America: The Winter Soldier starting production, we’ve been hearing a few intriguing tidbits about the sequel here and there. For example, Black Widow will be a main character. And now, thanks to actor Anthony Mackie and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, we know a bit more.
Mackie was cast as The Falcon what seems like ages ago, but in a recent interview with BlackFilm he gave a bit more insight into his character’s place in the Winter Soldier universe:
“I’m happy to say that I’m in a good deal of the movie and I play an integral part with Captain America taking down the Winter Soldier. It’s great. They started the shoot 2 1/2 weeks ago and once I finished doing press for Pain & Gain, I go in and join them. I’ve been doing combat training and fitness training just to get prepared. It’s going to be something and I’m excited for it.”
Hallelujah! Mackie’s a great actor, and I’m excited that his talents aren’t being wasted by just having him in a few scenes.
He also commented on the recently released concept art of his character, saying that, yep, that is indeed what his costume looks like, and:
“It’s more of a military style tactical costume. He’s more along the lines of Captain America as far as being a superhero as opposed to a true superhero.”
As for the rest of the film, in an interview with Collider Markus and McFeely noted that it will have fewer flashbacks than they initially planned—though there are going to be some, and my psychic powers tell me that’s where Peggy Carter will show up—and that the pace will be faster than in the first Captain America. Says Markus:
“Coming after the first movie and coming after The Avengers, there’s now stuff we don’t have to do in terms of, ‘Let’s give you the idea of who this guy is and he wears this outfit.’ Everybody knows now, so you can hit the ground running much more quickly than we did in the first one when we had to spend 40 minutes introducing the skinny guy. I think it allows for a much faster pace and a tenser movie.”
That’s good news to me. I walked out of Captain America with the feeling that it was just a really long, really expensive prequel to The Avengers—I wasn’t into it that much, to be honest. But I think, fingers crossed, I could enjoy Winter Soldier more.