(Note, possible SPOILERS for Captain America 3, Avengers 3, assorted comic books and who knows what else below)
Oh, Anthony Mackie. You are, as always, the greatest. No matter how much media training Marvel (are presumably desperately trying to) give you, you always stay true to yourself, and shoot straight from the hip. By which we of course mean, you reveal all of the things. Which, since you actually kind of seem to know what's coming up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a very good thing.
Mackie's latest revelation? That Sebastian Stan will take over as Captain America in the movies.
That's right, that Sebastian Stan. Bucky Barnes. The Winter Soldier. That guy from Once Upon a Time. This guy:
Speaking at Fandomfest in Louisville, Kentucky, Mackie was asked by Comicbook.com if he thought he would find himself playing Captain America anytime soon - what with his character, Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, recently taking over the role in the comics - and his answer was pretty darned revealing...about Sebastian Stan:
“I don’t know. I mean I’m excited about it...I think if it goes that way in the movies that it would take a long time, because there’s so many evolutions before that. You know, I’m excited to see Sebastian play Cap. I think Sebastian’s a great actor. But I love seeing Chris Evans as Cap, so I feel like they can go any way they want. I’m enjoying my part beside Cap. I’m in no rush to be Cap.”
All of which makes it sound a whole lot like that whole 'Bucky becomes Captain America' plotline from the comics is coming our way a whole lot sooner than some of us suspected. Which, seeing as Sebastian Stan has been teasing the hell out of that for months, isn't a huge surprise - especially since Chris Evans' desire to leave the franchise as soon as humanly possible is the worst kept secret in Hollywood.
The big question, though, is whether Bucky is still being lined up to replace Cap, or whether, instead, Sam Wilson could acrobatically swoop in and steal the shield from him.
Let's take a look at their respective qualifications...
Sebastian Stan, aka Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier
Pros: Stan's been with the Captain America movie franchise since day one - so a generation of fans already see him as an integral part of the Cap mythos. Plus, the storylines featuring Bucky donning Cap's iconic outfit have already been written, and taken to their logical conclusion, so the plotlines pretty much write themselves. Plus, he looks like this:
Cons: That same familiarity could work against him - as could the whole 'villain' thing from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Also, since Stan wasn't actually born in the US, it's not too hard to imagine a pretty substantial vein of outrage at the idea of him playing such an iconic American part.
'True American' Wild Card Factor: Anthony Mackie totally just said he was going to play Captain America. Also, he totally knows how to throw the shield already:
Anthony Mackie, aka Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon
Pros: Mackie was one of the most warmly received parts of the widely critically-lauded Captain America: The Winter Soldier - so much so that an appearance in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) is being predicted by many. Sam Wilson is, currently, Captain America - and the longer that stays the same the greater the pressure on Marvel Studios will be to give the cinema a similar dash of genuine diversity. Also, he is currently Captain America:
Cons: He'd be an African-American Captain America on the big screen, which could once again lead to controversy. If Chris Evans hangs around as Cap for more than Captain America 3, Sam Wilson could easily return to being The Falcon in the comics by the time any movie transfer was being confirmed, removing much of the argument for him taking on the role.
'True American' Wild Card Factor: Honestly, who doesn't love Anthony Mackie? Especially when he has wings:
Also, of course, there's the third candidate:
Chris Evans, aka Actually Captain America Right Now
Who, for at least one more movie, is definitely going to be playing Captain America. If he's set to leave at some point, though - and from Mackie's comments it certainly sounds as though that's a likely outcome - Marvel will be faced with a difficult decision. Do they have him pass on the mantle to Bucky in Captain America 3, leaving the conclusion of Avengers 3 as a possible blockbuster return for Evans - or do they hold off, and give him a warriors death against, say, Thanos, or a Civil War, in Avengers 3, opening the door to Sam Wilson?
Either way, [Captain America 3](movie:994409) is due out May 6, 2016.
What do you guys think? Who'll end up taking over as Captain America?