Captain America star Anthony Mackie has recently disclosed that he initially harbored hopes of securing the role of T'Challa/Black Panther within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Despite his notable portrayal of Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America, the actor revealed his initial aspirations for a different MCU character.
In an interview with Inverse, Mackie revealed his persistent efforts to communicate with Marvel regarding Black Panther, confessing, "I had been contacting Marvel a lot about Black Panther. I had written them letters. I was trying to find a way to make them make Black Panther.
And I wanted to be Black Panther because growing up I f**king loved Black Panther."
Meeting Marvel's Producers and Directors
Through his persistence, Mackie eventually managed to secure a meeting with Marvel producer Nate Moore, as well as Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
He had hoped this meeting would lead to his casting as T'Challa. Recalling the encounter, Mackie fondly shared, "I’ll never forget, Joe Russo said, 'Listen, so we’re doing this movie. We want you to be in it. We can’t say what character you’re playing or who else is going to be in it.
Would you do it?' And that was it." Impressed by the Russo brothers, Mackie decided to embark on the project, saying, "I was like, 'You know what, I like y’all dudes. I’ll do it. I’ll go on this ride with you.'
" However, he had not anticipated being cast as Sam Wilson, and expressed surprise when informed, exclaiming, "What other major comic book figure has enough of a presence to have his own movie? So when they hit me up and they were like, 'Yo, so it’s Sam Wilson', I’m like, 'Really?'" Ultimately, the late Chadwick Boseman was chosen for the role of T'Challa, starring in four movies, including the highly acclaimed Black Panther released in 2018.
Meanwhile, Mackie is set to reprise his role as Sam Wilson in his own standalone Captain America film, Brave New World, inheriting the title from Steve Rogers (portrayed by Chris Evans). Fans can look forward to the release of Captain America: Brave New World on August 26, 2024.