Anthony Mackie is enjoying an upgraded role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the new Captain America but despite his current role in the franchise, some people still find it hard to view him as a believable Star-Spangled Man although his character Sam Wilson has long been a sentimental favorite to be the successor to Steve Rogers famously played by Chris Evans.
Now, the star of the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain America: New World Order is ready to prove to his naysayers that he's worthy of the role, despite Sam Wilson not having superpowers.
In an interview with Men's Journal, Mackie explained how his character differs from other heroes in the MCU. The actor says that despite his advanced equipment, Sam's lack of superpowers almost makes him a "common man". He said: "What you have to realize about Sam—he’s a superhero who is not really a superhero."
He continued: "There’s no secret serum. There’s no this or that. I just have wings on my suit that I got from the military. So everything that I do, I do as a common man. When you see me, you might think, 'Oh, I can be a superhero, too.' Whereas if you look at Hulk or any of those guys, you can’t compete."
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It'll be interesting to see if Sam will continue his journey as Captain America without the aid of the supersoldier serum but with multiversal threats looming in the MCU, he'll definitely need to level up as a hero and unfortunately, his heart and resilience won't be enough.
Captain America: New World Order will begin filming next year.