In a recent interview with Terri Schwartz from MTV, Anthony Mackie, the actor who will portray The Falcon in the upcoming Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” had an interesting quote that initially really PISSED ME OFF!
“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown,” Mackie said. “Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.”
It’s hard to know exactly what he means when he said “I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books.” Is he trying to say his friends weren’t cool when they were growing up because they read comic books? Or is he trying to say his friends became cool when they grew up and started reading comics? If you read the full article (read it here) Mackie talks about how nervous he is about saying anything about his character or the film because of how easily actors can be replaced in franchise films (look at the various actors who have played The Hulk!) Maybe I’m reading into what he said out of context, maybe it’s just that Mackie comes from a different generation where comics were still for the “Un-Cool Kids” But the fact of the matter is, Anthony Mackie may have just inadvertently pissed off and insulted some comic book fans.
The fact that comic book movies are some of the highest grossing films of the past several years and it seems that it’s still almost seen as “uncool” or “low brow” by even the people involved in making them is beyond disappointing. Now Mackie isn’t Robert Downey Jr. He’s a good actor with a decent history of films including The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby, Real Steel, and The Adjustment Bureau but no he’s not the main liner of a film. If Marvel can replace Edward Norton before The Avengers because of some disagreements, imagine what will happen to an actor pissing off the people paying to see said film. Just saying.