In Brave New World, Anthony Mackie gives an early peek at the next Captain America.

 

Mackie plays the protagonist opposite Harrison Ford’s Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in his own Cap flick, according to an exclusive first look obtained by EW.

Anthony Mackie has a friendly grudge against Tom Holland. In a now-viral video shot at a 2021 fan gathering, the Spider-Man actor poked fun of the fact that Falcon, another member of the MCU, hasn’t had his own movie. However, that is about to change with the release of the newest Marvel film, Captain America: Brave New World, which stars Anthony Mackie as the next great hero, Sam Wilson.

Is Mackie getting a bit arrogant? “Not at all. He performed it on a pretty public platform, so I’m going to save that for the premiere,” the actor jokes in a lighthearted interview with Entertainment Weekly at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Although he still has some time before that happens, the only place to get exclusive photos of Captain America: Brave New World, which is set to hit theatres on February 14, 2025, is EW.

Mackie played Falcon, or Sam Wilson, in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where he played the lead opposite Sebastian Stan’s character, Bucky Barnes. The events of that series marked the start of Sam’s journey to adopt Steve Rogers’ vibranium shield and become the next Captain America. Now returning, Sam is directing The Cloverfield Paradox, his own movie, with Julius Onah directing.

In Brave New World, Anthony Mackie gives an early peek at the next Captain America.
In Brave New World, Anthony Mackie gives an early peek at the next Captain America.

Besides, he’s here to assemble a new Avengers team.

Anthony Mackie’s character Sam Wilson makes a comeback in “Captain America: Brave New World.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke at CinemaCon on Thursday at Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum. He gave Mackie a personal greeting and gave the crowd a sneak peek at the movie’s debut teaser.

Harrison Ford portrays William Hurt’s character Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who makes his Marvel debut in it. In the films Avengers: Endgame (2019) and The Incredible Hulk (2008), Hurt portrayed the Secretary of State. Ross is the newly elected US President, albeit he and the new Cap don’t disagree as much.

As shown in the CinemaCon preview, Ross welcomes Sam and thanks him for his bravery in the past. He says he can still appreciate Sam’s goodwill and assigns the former soldier the task of transforming Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, despite the fact that he admits he doesn’t actually like superheroes. They soon learn, though, that Ross’ close group is vulnerable.

A strange sound—an old-timey song—interrupts Ross during a White House event, triggering sleeper super-soldiers to the President. Isaiah Bradley, played by Carl Lumbly, who recently returned from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is one of them.

Mackie goes on to claim that compared to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Brave New World appears to be “ten times bigger”. However, Mackie concedes that it remains somewhat of a two-handed affair.

Sam finds himself heavily connected with Danny Ramirez’s Joaquin Torres, the character’s tech-savvy “friend from work” and a comic book counterpart of Falcon, instead of unwinding with Stan’s Bucky. They’re equally yoked, Mackie claims. They are both men in the military. His commanding officer was me. Unlike the times I adored Steve or disliked Bucky, we are more of a friendship.”

For the same reason, Ross in Ford regards Sam as superior to Steve. Furthermore, Mackie notes, “There is that idea of keeping your guard up and watching your back when it comes to each other.”

additional than Ross, there are additional tributes to The Incredible Hulk. Liv Tyler, who played Ross’s daughter Betty in the 2008 film Government, returns as Government; Tim Blake Nelson returns as Samuel Sterns, also known as the Leader, who was last seen being taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after he mutated due to Banner’s. If Shira Haas is not included as Ruth, a U.S. Mackie believes that Marvel fans won’t be better prepared for Brave New World by rewatching The Incredible Hulk.

It’s all in the title, Brave New World, which seems to reference the well-known novel by Aldous Huxley. “The title implies that there’s a new, bigger enemy now; there’s a new frontier that we have to conquer,” Mackie adds. “The opposition was always good against evil, from Captain America: The First Avenger through Endgame. After we’ve overcome it, what should we do next? What shape are the villains taking as they resurface? It develops a fresh concept of the new society we’re entering with new characters and values in a brand-new plot.”

He’ll also see to it that Holland gets to see everything firsthand.

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