Anthony Mackie has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for close to 10 years now and after playing second fiddle for most of his tenure, Phase Four finally saw Sam Wilson's ascension as the new Captain America, a role he took over from Steve Rogers. Now, there's been discourse on whether or not the former Falcon actor will be able to live up to expectations, especially after the rich legacy Evans created.
While there's no denying that Rogers had his evident strengths, Mackie says his version of Cap relies on "humanity" as his superpower and it's what sets his iteration of the Star-Spangled Man apart. Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment's Kevin Polowy, the Captain America: New World Order star says Wilson is a more "humane" Cap.
Mackie said: "I think with my Cap, he's not a superhero. He doesn't have a super serum. So his superpower is his humanity. So I think with him, he has to come to the stage with a very different understanding of what it is to be a good guy or bad guy, and what are the decisions that make you tow that line in the way that you [do]. So I just see him as more of a humane Cap, as opposed to a distinctive—a Cap of judgement. Where this is right and this is wrong. There are decisions that make you choose right or wrong."
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It'll be interesting to see if Sam eventually gets persuaded to take the super soldier serum because let's face it, his Wakandan tech and mechanical wings won't be enough as the Earth's Mightiest Heroes face the wrath of Kang the Conqueror.
Captain America: New World Order is slated for theatrical release on May 3, 2024.