One of the difficulties in making a superhero film is constructing characters with a certain level of humanity despite their possessing abilities far greater than that of the average human. Mix that in with a film that includes aliens, a god and an android (among other oddities) and it is difficult to believe that such a movie could be called the "most human" film in a massive franchise, but that's exactly how Anthony Mackie, who portrays the hero Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, feels about Avengers: Infinity War.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mackie delved into how the third Avengers film differs from the rest of the films in the MCU, particularly in how normal the superheroes in the film can be.
"Avengers 3 is going to be very different and there are gonna be a lot of shocking moments," Mackie said. "And I think the fans are gonna get more than they expect out of this movie, from all characters. I think this is the most human of the Avengers movies, of all the Marvel movies. So I think you'll be really surprised to see how normal these superheroes could be."
"It's a very very interesting storyline that we've chosen to tell," Mackie continued. "Like I said, it just gives a humanity to all the characters.”
Mackie's comments only serve to reinforce Robert Downey Jr.'s recent comments in which he described Avengers: Infinity War as a "heads-will-roll scenario," and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige's warning to fans that they should "be careful what they wish for."
Marvel Studios has invested a significant amount of time building up to Infinity War, the film being the culmination of nearly 10 years worth of storytelling that began with 2008's Iron Man. Feige has previously warned that, “within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe," while co-director of the film, Joe Russo, wants Thanos to be remembered as this generation's Darth Vader.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. The film hits theaters on April 27.