Saturday, January 10, 2015

Anthony Mackie Talks Captain America: Civil War Production Schedule

While promoting his new movie, Black or White, Anthony Mackie gave some insight into the production schedule of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios first Phase 3 film.

While the last two films of Phase 2 are in heavy rotation in the news cycle with Ant-Man front and center the past few days and a new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron on Monday, Marvel Studios is already hard at work on the huge kickoff to its Phase 3: Captain America: Civil War.

Precedent would dictate that Marvel films typically begin filming roughly a year ahead of release, a notion that was reinforced by the man behind Marvel Studios' Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie, while doing the publicity rounds for his latest film, Black or White. The pertinent info comes in at around the 9:45 mark.

When asked about the sequel, Mackie told the host, "We start shooting in April, so it's going to be a lot of flyin' and fightin' for about five months." You can see that Mackie certainly seems to enjoy the role of Falcon and the type of work he gets to do in these types of films. When asked by his Black or White co-star, Kevin Costner, where he'd be filming, Mackie replied, "Puerto Rico, Berlin and Atlanta." Atlanta is home to the Pinewood Studios, where Marvel recently filmed Ant-Man, but to my knowledge this is the first time we've been given off-set locations for filming. 

The locations of Puerto Rico and Berlin don't give too much away, but I've been sure for a while now that while the focus of the film will be Cap vs. Iron Man, that the real villains of the film are going to be Crossbones and the person for whom he's working. The Berlin location makes me think that, when it's all said and done, we'll be seeing some combination of the following: Doctor Faustus, Baron Zemo and the Red Skull. Marvel cast Daniel Bruhl back in November, but has yet to announce what role he'd be filling in the film; my money is on one of the 3 names I mentioned above, but I've been leaning toward Faustus for a while now given that he presents an entirely different type of threat to the heroes.

Nobody is exactly sure just how big of a film Captain America: Civil War is going to be when it's all said and done. I'm trying to figure out how it could be anything other than another huge crossover event given we already know it will feature at least Cap, Iron Man, Black Panther, Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Of course the comic book version included just about every hero there was, but Marvel Studios has continually shown that they don't do strict adaptations of story lines. Will Cap be the main casualty of the Civil War? You know what I think and they've certainly been dropping enough hints along to way...