Thunderbolts Star Sebastian Stan Is Happy He Doesn’t Have to Deal With Anthony Mackie Anymore
This past end of the week at D23 Exhibition, Marvel president Kevin Feige offered a ton of new details about the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among them was the first confirmed cast members for the upcoming Captain America: New World Request and the Thunderbolts movie. Fans of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series have been wondering if Sebastian Stan would rejoin with his co-star Anthony Mackie for Cap 4 but it turns out he’ll actually be starring in the other film. Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the event, Stan addressed the separation between the two actors with a giggle.
“All I can say, opportunity tastes bright. Finally, I am free,” Stan noted, prompting laughter from his Thunderbolts co-stars Wyatt Russell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “No, I love him… It is weird (without him) of course. That’s, you know, it’s a little bit like Stockholm Syndrome…But at any rate, it’s nice to at least always be close to one another.” Stan and Mackie have been a fan-favorite pairing since the shared the screen with comedic effect in Captain America: Civil Conflict, generally leading to them co-starring in their own Disney+ series.
Should Stan not show up in the upcoming Captain America: New World Request anyway it would stamp the first Captain America movie in which his character Bucky Barnes isn’t feature in some capacity. The fourth movie will be released in May of 2024 with Thunderbolts arriving just two months later in July of the same year. Considering the condensed timeline, there’s perhaps some crossover potential between the two, but there’s been no confirmation that cast members from either movie will show up elsewhere just yet.
Stan is set to star in the Thunderbolts movie alongside Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Dark Widow II, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, David Harbor as Red Guardian, and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster. Jake Schreier (Paper Towns) is confirmed to be directing the film, while Eric Pearson (Dark Widow) is confirmed to be the writer.