The current Captain America and star of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” revealed to EW that there was always talk of expanding on the world of “Real Steel,” going as far back as when he initially signed on for the film. “He offered me the part with the idea of the part growing throughout the scope of the movie and hopefully the series — because I was like, ‘Man, we could do part 2. We could do part 10,'” explained Mackie, who always saw potential in the film, explaining, “I wanted it to be like the ‘Fast and the Furious’ series.”
While he’s currently busy working in that other well-known franchise, Mackie still feels that there’s a future in this world and his character, Finn: “I think the possibilities are endless. I always thought about the idea of going to the underground world and seeing what the reality is. The underground boxing circuit is so different than that last fight [in the film] with all the glitz and the glam and the polish. I feel like you can do a “Mad Max” meets “Real Steel,” and I could be Tina Turner.” Cue mental images of Anthony Mackie singing “We Don’t Need Another Hero” immediately.
There’s no denying that a decade is quite a time jump to return to a franchise, but Mackie sounds like has that covered too. “It would be hilarious to show [Max] coming back as a grown adult now and he’s a successful businessman and he doesn’t have time for robot boxing,” he suggested. “‘That’s for kids!’ And he falls back in love with robot boxing and realizes that life is happier when you’re not stressed with work.”