‘Captain America: Civil War’ Isn’t Just One Long Fight, Insists Anthony Mackie

Captain America: Civil War’s trailers have so far teased that the blockbuster will feature some of the most stunning action sequences the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever created.

But, Anthony Mackie, who will reprise his role as the Falcon in the the blockbuster, has now come out and insisted that Civil War won’t just be a prolonged action sequence, insisting that the build-up, story, and characterization that builds up to these moments are what make the film so enjoyable.

During his recent interview with Empire Magazine, Anthony Mackie explained that Captain America: Civil War takes its time to establish the conflict at its heart, which is what provokes the likes of Iron Man and Captain America to fall out so spectacularly.

“The build-up to the fight is what makes it so interesting,” Anthony Mackie insisted. “Because there are so many different factions of who’s right and who’s wrong and who supports who. Once we get all that out of the way, then it comes more action-packed and more of us kicking each other’s’ ass.”

Anthony Mackie, who also referred to Civil War as a “true suspense thriller,” continued, “If it’s a civil war, you have to establish why there’s a war. You can’t just start fighting and expect people to appreciate it. What Marvel is very at doing is making these stories about characters and story and then layering action on top of that. And this holds true to that.”

Captain America: Civil War is going to split the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a way that will have huge repercussions over the future additions to the studio’s slate of films, especially leading into Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two.

Captain America: Civil War features the largest ensemble cast ever gathered by Marvel Studios, with Chris Evans’ titular superhero sharing the billing with Mackie’s Falcon, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp’s Agent 13, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Paul Bettany’s Vision, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross, Daniel Bruhl’s Helmut Zemo, as well as an unspecified role for Martin Freeman.

In fact Anthony Mackie, who is currently out promoting his role in Triple 9, inadvertently might have revealed that Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in MCU, will also appear in Captain America: Civil War.

It was previously believed that Ruffalo’s Hulk, as well Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, was one of the only Marvel heroes not to feature in Captain America: Civil War. But while speaking to Radio 1, Anthony Mackie appeared to inadvertently reveal that Ruffalo will be part of the ensemble.

Mackie told Radio 1’s Movies With Ali Plumb podcast, via Comic Book Movie, “Having seen the movie, it’s Marvel’s best movie so far. And I’m being honest – if a Marvel move sucks, a movie in the Marvel universe, I’ll tell you it sucked.”

Winter Soldier and (the first) Iron Man are probably Marvel’s two best movies, and I feel like (Civil War) beats both of those movies. It’s really, really good. It’s because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie. I fell like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good acting. And then there’s action in it. I think it might be the first superhero movie that be up for Best Picture.”

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