The MCU doesn’t really have much LGBTQIA+ representation among the ranks of its heroes, which is something audiences have been asking for from Marvel Studios for quite some time.
Now, the discussion surrounding a romantic relationship between Sam and Bucky has reached “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie — who instantly dismissed the idea that the two heroes could be together.
The actor explained his stance on the idea to Variety, saying, “So many things are twisted and convoluted. There are so many things that people latch on to with their own devices to make themselves relevant and rational.”
Mackie went on to suggest that perhaps men can’t be friends without people thinking there’s something more between them.
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.
And of course, the internet had some thoughts about the actor’s stance on the connection between Sam and Bucky.
A sensitive masculine figure
There were also a number of tweets noting that his point was more about depicting “a sensitive masculine figure” in the MCU rather than the typically unemotional heroes audiences have seen countless times before.
Anthony Mackie could have definitely handled his answer better. However, the media needs to stop putting individual actors on the spot about representation issues, and start questioning the entities like Marvel, Disney, etc over their decisions to not fix their representation issues.
However, the majority of fans were disappointed over the comments from Marvel’s new Captain America.
Not mad, just disappointed
Anthony Mackie explained that Sam’s friendship with Bucky is different from the deep relationship the Winter Soldier had with Steve Rogers, saying “Bucky and Sam have a relationship where they learn how to accept, appreciate and love each other.” Also adding, “You’d call it a bromance, but it’s literally just two guys who have each other’s backs.”
The timing of the interview isn’t great considering it’s currently Pride month: “Anthony Mackie waited until pride month to talk about how annoying it is for gay people with virtually no representation in the MCU to head cannon their faves as gay.”
During the Variety interview, the star also said “There’s nothing more masculine than being a superhero and flying around and beating people up,” which didn’t impress many fans.
Bucky and Sam’s relationship likely won’t change within the MCU any time soon, but for now, fans can still enjoy “shipping” their favorite characters together, re-imagining their favorite shows as the kind of stories they hope to see on-screen.