Anthony Mackie Really Isn’t Into People Thinking There’s A Gay Romance Between Sam And Bucky On “Falcon And The Winter Soldier”
Disney+’s latest superhero series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is a hit, which isn’t a surprise since nerds will devour up anything Marvel. And along with popularity comes fanfiction! But one of the show’s stars Anthony Mackie seems a bit peeved that people online have been suggesting that his character Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon is secretly in love with Bucky Barnes AKA the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan. The gay shippers are just wrong, okay! And Anthony is coming off as a little pissed that people don’t think two straight dudes can have a strong friendship and have twisted something as “pure and beautiful as homosexuality.” So if you scream “KISS! KISS!” every time these two are onscreen together, Anthony wants you to stop.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier follows Sam and Bucky who were friends of Steve Rogers AKA Captain America, played by Chris Evans. (SPOILER ALERT) At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers is an old guy and not a superhero anymore because of time travel
and plot holes. In the Disney+ series, Bucky and Sam join forces to stop evil people from recreating the serum that made Captain America, and by the end of the series, Sam is a new, flying, shield-tossing, Black Captain America. During it all, he and Bucky are trading quips and being bros, and slowly growing closer, and the sexual tension was wholly invented okay?! So says Anthony.
TVLine spoke to Anthony about the show and the resulting gay thirst coming from shippers. And he seemed… a bit perturbed and basically said that we need to normalize two dudes having an emotional connection without wanting to suck each other off:
“So many things are twisted and convoluted. There’s so many things that people latch on to with their own devices to make themselves relevant and rational. The idea of two guys being friends and loving each other in 2021 is a problem because of the exploitation of homosexuality… It used to be guys can be friends, we can hang out, and it was cool. You can’t do that anymore, because something as pure and beautiful as homosexuality has been exploited by people who are trying to rationalize themselves.”
That’s a lot of words to say, “Shippers are weird.” But I’m DECEASED! He basically said: “Why can’t two guys just be friends–why they gotta be gay?–Which is BEAUTIFUL, by the way.” Anthony went on to explain that he
Mackie noted how important it is to him as an actor to play a sensitive masculine figure. “There’s nothing more masculine than being a superhero and flying around and beating people up,” he said. “But there’s nothing more sensitive than having emotional conversations and a kindred spirit friendship with someone that you care about and love.”
Mackie described Sam’s relationship with Steve Rogers (played in the MCU by Chris Evans) as one in which they “admired, appreciated, and loved’ each other, whereas Sam and Bucky had to learn to accept and love one another. “It’s literally just two guys who have each other’s backs,” he said.
Sebastian Stan had a different reaction to Sam and Bucky shippers, saying this to Variety last month:
“I’m just happy that the relationship is embraced, and it should be embraced in whatever way or fashion that people desire and want it to be.”
But listen, Anthony Mackie knows what true love is and we should believe him that Sam and Bucky are not it. I mean, not once in the entire six-episode series does either one call the other “Daddy.”