The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a lot of spinoffs and solo adventures, but one Avenger refuses to fly alone. Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon/Sam Wilson, revealed that he doesn’t even want his own Marvel film, and that’s because of his co-stars.
When asked about if he’d ever want to participate in a solo flick, Mackie was unsure. “I don’t know, I don’t know,” he told IGN. “That means my dudes are not going to be there. So Chris [Evans, who plays Captain America] is not going to be there. Sebastian [Stan, who plays Bucky] is not going to be there.”
Even when it was suggested that Captain America and Bucky could make short appearances, Mackie wasn’t happy. “No, no. Then that week is going to be hell,” Mackie explained. “Hanging out with Chris for a week and then he’s like ‘I don’t want to leave!’ And I’m like ‘Chris dude, you gotta leave.’ You know, it’s just going to be a problem.”
Not everyone feels the same way. The only actors from the original “Avengers” lineup without solo movies are Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Both said that they’re willing to do solo flicks. When Entertainment Tonight told Johansson that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon wants to see a “Black Widow” movie, she didn’t shoot down the idea. “From his lips to Marvel's ears, I guess,” Johansson said last year. “I'll do it if he'll direct it.”
Ruffalo also seems up for a “Hulk” film, but there are legal issues in the way. “As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet,” Ruffalo told Collider in April 2015. “That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.”
As previously reported, Universal is holding onto the distribution rights for all “Hulk” titles, which makes the situation less than ideal for Marvel Studios, but not impossible. However, the upcoming Marvel titles seem to be focusing on sequels or introducing new characters rather than giving established heroes their own flicks.
Falcon and Black Widow will next be seen in “Captain America: Civil War,” which hit theaters May 6. Hulk’s next appearance will be in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which is set to debut Nov. 3, 2017.