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Falcon Isn’t in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ as Far as Anthony Mackie Knows

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When the Avengers assemble again next year in Joss Whedon’s Age of Ultron, the team’s ranks will swell with, at the very least, the additions of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch. But it appears as if one of the newest faces in the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t make the cut: Anthony Mackie’s Falcon.

“Chris [Evans] is a good friend of mine. The movie starts in three weeks,” the actor, whose character debuts April 4 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, told MovieWeb. “I know he’s read the script. He’s like, ‘Yo, man, I read the Avengers script. It’s good.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Yeah, Joss is doing rewrites, but it’s good. I was like, ‘Great! So … am I in it?’ And he says, ‘I’ve got to go. I’ll be back.’ What do you mean? Why can’t you just tell me if I’m in the movie? No one will tell me, not one person, so I gave up on it.”

As the website notes, Mackie could still receive a last-minute call from Whedon & Co., although that would seem to suggest a relatively minor role for the Falcon. But even if he doesn’t, he still has The Winter Soldier ahead of him — it’s receiving overwhelmingly positive early buzz — and, if Thursday’s report can be believed, a likely place in the May 2016 Captain America 3.

Opening May 1, 2015, The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. They’re joined by Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and James Spader as Ultron. Although Marvel hasn’t confirmed the casting, it’s been widely reported that Paul Bettany will play The Vision.


  • Derek Metaltron

    Avengers is a rather busy film as it is between at least 9 Avengers – Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – plus a strong chance of Carol Danvers, a segment in Wakanda (so likely setting up stuff for Black Panther) and some form of role for Rhodes as Iron Patriot. Though now I mention him it would have been cool to see Rhodes and Wilson onscreen together.

  • CultureWarReporterEvan

    If you’re referring to them filming in South Africa it’s been confirmed that they’re not using it as a backdrop for Wakanda.

  • absherlock

    I would imagine he’s a bit of a thorn in the side of Marvel Studios right now – he’s an actor playing a secondary character who likes to talk to the press (compare how much you hear from him to what you hear from Sebastian Stan or you heard from Clark Gregg or Cobie Smulders before Avengers) and who also had a DUI arrest six months ago. I’m guessing they’re waiting to see how the audience relates to him before deciding how to move forward with him and his character.

  • AirDave

    And…I’m okay with that.
    It would be cool to see The Falcon in The Avengers 3, or possibly an Avengers film in the future. Age of Ultron is going to be crowded. Sam is Steve’s partner and part of his team, like Black Widow. I would like to see Hawkeye in a Cap sequel.

  • SlamAdams

    Considering that Avengers Assemble cartoon had the movie roster plus Falcon I as half expecting some cross-promo synergy. Guess not


    When I first saw Falcon cast in the Avengers Assemble cartoon I was expecting to see Him in the next Team up Film. But to hear this is kinda a let down. Then this kinda hits up on another thing with Marvel I`m afraid we gonna see more of and that’s not using and developing more that characters they already have established. Cause example take Hawkeye he made a cameo in Thor, then was like a support character in Avengers and you haven`t seen him in a One-shot or Guess on AOS or Basically anything to develop that character. Now he`s probably go be kinda use the same again. Why`s marvel doing it like that? I wonders about Thanos too

  • JShil

    They keep saying this is a “global” movie. How hard would it be to have cameos from Falcon, War Machine / Iron Patriot, Coulson’s SHIELD team, etc. fighting Ultron-bots at various locations around the world?

  • Matt Murdock

    can’t be worse than all the displeasure Jeremy Renner expressed to the press about his limited role in the 1st film… a guy complaining about a limited role in an ensemble cast where he never was one of the top characters to begin with…!?! Perfectly recastable, yet he’s back.

    If Mackie’s not in it, it’s probably because the story just went another way.

  • Matt Murdock

    because that idea makes sense and it’d be exciting and easy to execute and many of us would love that, so of course it won’t happen, lol.

    But that assumes the story they wrote will have Ultron controlling drones or extending himself across multiple armors like that. Might not be the direction they’re going with.

  • Tenabrus

    So every superhero has their own sidekicks, Stark has Rhodey, Thor has Sif and the Warriors Three, and Cap has Falcon, but when it comes high time for them to battle a world wide threat your telling me none of them want to bother calling them up for backup?

    You got Hawkeye shooting arrows for fun but your telling me a 2nd man piloted Iron Man suit and what could turn into even a 3rd aren’t good enough?