Mackie spoke at a global press conference for “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” on Sunday, which I attended virtually. He was asked about why it’s important for Mackie’s Sam Wilson to receive the spotlight in the upcoming “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
- “We’re in a place now where we want the audience to know and learn these new characters especially since Kevin Feige killed Iron Man.”
- As you may remember, Iron Man died at the end of “Avengers: Endgame.”
The cast and crew at the event — which included Mackie, co-star Sebastian Stan (“Bucky Barnes”), director Kari Skogland, head writer Malcolm Spellman and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige himself — laughed at the joke. But it hammered home a point — the stars of the past are gone, and new ones need to emerge.
Mackie’s comments came after a question about the importance of embracing new Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. Mackie’s Sam Wilson and Stan’s Bucky Barnes were staples in the earlier Marvel movies but didn’t receive the depth that Iron Man or Captain America did. Now, it’s their chance to see the spotlight.
Feige said at the press conference that each new Marvel show won’t break the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe or have a game-changing moment. It’s the experiences of characters, he said, that will make a difference.
- “What’s great about the Marvel characters is grounding something as crazy and extraordinary and science fiction and fantasy and supernatural as the MCU can get ... in the character experiences,” Feige said at the press conference.