'Captain America: Civil War': Anthony Mackie Is Happy For Chadwick Boseman As Black Panther

Tony Smejek

The Russo brothers' Captain America: Civil War is coming out next year, and Anthony Mackie is happy for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Chadwick Boseman to play Black Panther. They had been long-time friends and Mackie seems to indeed puts stock in having faith in Chadwick's performance, according to Comic Book Resources.

"I was very happy when I heard he got cast as Black Panther, because I knew he'd do the work to bring that character to life. It's not so much about two black actors being in a movie at the same time. It's more so about the right black actor getting that role to do the work to make it timeless, and Chadwick is that guy."

The Marvel Civil War is something most comic book fans have already become familiar with and is where Tony Stark takes on Steve Rogers in attempting to get him and those on his side to cooperate and sign up for the Superhuman Registration Act.

There seems to already have been something quite telling of this at Hawkeye's cabin in the woods in the second Captain America movie as the two were discussing their beliefs and Stark being rather suspicious of Captain America's lack of a "dark side." This was enough to send Steve Rogers into tearing a log to shreds.

In Captain America: Winter Soldier, Mackie played Sam Wilson, where Steve Rogers becomes acquainted with him, becomes a Hydra fugitive, and seeks help from Falcon. Now, Mackie spoke highly of Marvel movies mainly due to the fact that they have "kind of infused action movies with acting," according to Comic Book Resources.

"I've known Chad for a long time. I was very happy when I heard he got cast as Black Panther, because I knew he'd do the work to bring that character to life. It's not so much about two black actors being in a movie at the same time. It's more so about the right black actor getting that role to do the work to make it timeless, and Chadwick is that guy."

Mackie was even asked, according to Comic Book Resources, about possible shared screen time with Paul Rudd's Ant-Man character. Mackie laughed.

"I'm waiting on my rematch!"

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