Nobody saw this coming. Especially in a situation involving one of the most beloved actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Anthony Mackie surprised everyone by unexpectedly stirring some controversy while discussing the relationship his character [Falcon] has with Bucky Barnes. After the release of the series on Disney Plus, several fans and followers of the franchise had “shipped” the idea of Wilson and Barnes being romantically inlclined, more than the so-called bromance.
However, this is a theory that apparently Anthony Mackie is not so much on board with. When the actor went on to address this, by trying to be diplomatic, he only ended up insulting everyone. He also used a term that the gay community finds offensive to explain his position, thus pushing the aforementioned controversy way more further.
“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 would always meet your friends at the bar, you know. 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,” said the actor. Yikes.
Apparently Mackie's point was that male friends can still have heartfelt, sensitive relationships without being perceived as a gay relationship, but nobody said that wasn't possible anymore. What's more, you CAN go to bars with your fellow male friends, without assumptions or judgement. Unfortunately, it seems he's had other experiences about it.
What caused the controversy about Mackie's comments, though, was the fact that he pointed out that fans should not be making THESE kind of conclusions. In the end, for him this kind of interpretation (Wilson and Barnes as a gay couple) is mere an exploitation. Of course, after making these remarks, the actor went on to quickly state that being gay is “pure and beautiful.” But, then again, he went on to discuss the “masculine” elements of being a Marvel superhero.
“So something that's always been very important to me is showing a sensitive masculine figure. There's nothing more masculine than being a superhero and flying around and beating people up. But there's nothing more sensitive than having emotional conversations and kindred spirit friendship with someone that you care about and love.”
Of course, this series of comments went on to spark many reactions on social media. Especially in January, during Pride Month. In the end, it doesn't really matter what Anthony Mackie seemingly thinks, fans are free to interpret the relationship between the two title characters as they please. The question on why address this “issue” to that extent, remains in the air. Unless you have a fragile masculinity, there is little room to understand why would you make such gratuitous statements.