A little like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets real about the issues superheroes face outside of fighting intergalactic villains.
Disney + ‘s Marvel series, which debuted last Friday, explores major themes like what it means to be a black hero in a post-Thanos world, as well as everyday issues like PTSD (via Sebastian’s Bucky Barnes Stan) and the spinoff financier of the Blip.
In the first episode, Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) was turned down over a bank loan that would have helped his family’s business stay afloat because he had no income for the past five years – he was Blipped, after all. Even his superhero status after helping save Thanos’ galaxy (the banker even takes a selfie), his affiliation with billionaire Tony Stark, or his current government contracts could protect the Avenger from financial hardship. The scene raised important questions about how superheroes live for a living – public goodwill can only go that far – and whether or not they should be paid for their efforts.
In an interview with TVLine, Mackie shares his thoughts on the pay debate and whether the Avengers should unionize for benefits.
“We definitely should,” he jokes. “It’s interesting… I always ask the question: When the Avengers show up, they destroy entire cities and crush people, and what do they do for a living? Where does their money come from? I always thought it was Tony Stark because obviously he owns an Audi dealership somewhere.
Mackie adds that making a living from what they do isn’t the big thing for the Avengers. “I think they’re doing it for the betterment of the world, to save people’s lives,” he explains. “They have their ins and outs, their odd jobs to make sure they’re taken care of – government sponsorship, funding, government housing.
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