Anthony Mackie, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, says the Avengers should team up – watch the video
Much like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier become aware of the problems superheroes face outside of fighting intergalactic villains.
Disney +’s Marvel series, which debuted last Friday, will address key topics like what it means to be a black hero in a post-thanos world, as well as everyday topics like PTSD (via Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes) and finance is investigating fallout from the blip.
In the premiere episode, Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) was turned down for a bank loan that would have kept his family’s business afloat because he had no income for the past five years – after all, he was bled. Not even his superhero status after helping save the galaxy from Thanos (the banker even takes a selfie), his affiliation with billionaire Tony Stark, or his current government contracts could protect the Avenger from financial hardship. The scene raised important questions about how superheroes make a living – public goodwill can only go so far – and whether or not they should be paid for their efforts.
In an interview with TVLine, Mackie shared his thoughts on the compensation debate and whether or not the Avengers should team up for benefits.
“We definitely should,” he jokes. “It’s interesting… I always ask the question: When the Avengers show up, they destroy entire cities and annihilate people, and what do they do for a living? Where does your money come from? I’ve always believed it was Tony Stark because he obviously owns an Audi dealership somewhere. “
Mackie adds that it’s not important for the Avengers to make a living from what they do. “I think they are doing it to make the world a better place, to save people’s lives,” he explains. “They have their pros and cons, their odd jobs to make sure they are taken care of – government sponsorship, funding, government housing.”
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