Marvel’s Anthony Mackie Was Punched in the Jaw By Will Smith

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If you’re a Marvel fan, you’re undoubtedly looking forward to the return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — albeit on Disney+ instead of in theaters — in a mere three days when WandaVision premieres.

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The series, featuring Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch is set to see the superhero duo trying to navigate idealized suburban lives in a retro-style sitcom setting.

Although the MCU’s return this week is extremely exciting, WandaVision isn’t the only series the Marvel fandom has to look forward to in the near future. The highly anticipated The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series will also be premiering in early 2021 — on March 19, as a matter of fact.

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Now, Falcon actor Anthony Mackie has shared a hilarious story about superstar Will Smith while promoting his upcoming film Outside the Wire. Mackie was doing an interview on SirusXM’s The Jess Cagle show when he told the amusing tale, shared by

“Well, I got so funny story. Will Smith shot, what’s the movie. He had a movie come out last year, Gemini Man, and he shot it in Budapest. So, it was his 50th birthday. And my publicist called me and she’s like, ‘yo Will Smith is having a birthday party in Budapest. Do you want to present his birthday cake to him?'” Mackie said. “So, I’m like, ‘Holy shit yes. It’s Will Smith. Of course.’ So, we’re all on stage. Will Smith does like a whole concert I’m on stage with Will Smith doing a concert. I’m losing my mind. Right? So, the cake comes out, we bring the cake out, Will Smith sees me and he goes, ‘Hey, Anthony Mackie.’ I’m like, Will Smith knows my name. Right? So, I go to like high five. I don’t know what I was trying to do, but like, I was trying to hug him and he thought I was coming in for like a high five. So, he like tried to grab my arm and he punched me in the jaw so hard. Like he hit me with a right cross so hard. Then he grabbed me and he’s like, ‘you’re good?’ I was like, ‘I think so. I think we’re in a fight, are we in a fight?’ He’s like, ‘no, no, I’m sorry.'”

When The Jess Cagle show co-host, Julia Cunningham joked that she couldn’t believe Smith punched him, Mackie joked that Smith is “an angry human being”.

“He punched me in the jaw,” Mackie said, laughing. “Will Smith punched me the jaw. He’s an angry human being. I know he meant to do it, there is no way you mess up a hug with a punch in the jaw.”

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Disney officially describes The Falcon and the Winter Solider — which is also set to feature Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes — as:

Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer.

During Mackie’s interview, which can be viewed in full below, he confirmed that he does yet know who will take-up Captain America’s shield if Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans in the MCU) doesn’t return.

What do you think about Anthony Mackie’s hilarious Will Smith story? Are you looking forward to The Falcon and the Winter Solider’s debut?


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