Anthony Mackie joined his Captain America: Civil War co-star Chris Evans on the stage today at the Salt Lake City Comic Con. While he was there he took part in an impromptu push-up contest (he won!), insisted that he came out on top against Ant-Man when the two tangoed in the diminutive hero's solo film, and explained why he wouldn't want to see anyone replace Steve Rogers (Evans) as the Star-Spangled Patriot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I don't think we need a new Cap. I don't think Cap needs to change," Mackie told the jubilant crowd (via The Salt Lake Tribune). "I think [Bucky's actor Sebastian Stan] would be a great Cap, but then we're left without Bucky. I think I'd be a great Cap, but then we're left without a Falcon."
At one time, Evans seemed to be looking forward to moving on from Captain America once his contractual obligation with Marvel were met, but he recently changed his tune and now seems eager to sign on for more. Fans had speculated that Marvel could turn to Sebastian Stan or Mackie to assume the role as both characters in the comics have take on Captain America's identity.
Bucky did so after Steve Rogers was assassinated at the end of the "Civil War" story arc. Sam Wilson/Falcon is currently the new Cap,after Rogers had his Super-Soldier serum extracted from his body, leaving him old and frail.
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As for Ant-Man,Mackie is going by the Olympic boxing rules: The more punches thrown/landed wins the contest. Mackie commented, "I don't know how you all do it in Utah, but when I see two people fighting and one dude gets more punches in than the other dude, that dude won the fight … [And] I hit him more!"
You can listen to Mackie's comments in the video below.
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016.