Marvel must put something in the water, because "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stars Emily VanCamp (Agent 13 / Sharon Carter), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / The Falcon), and Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow / Crossbones) were in rare form at Comic-Con on Saturday (July 20).
Sure, they were excited to talk about their characters and the movie, which has Captain America (Chris Evans) re-teaming with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) to save the world from dark doings in Washington, D.C. (and explosively, as we saw in the footage during Marvel's Hall H this year), but they actually seemed more eager to give each other a really hard time.
All in good fun, of course.
Moviefone: What's the first thing you want us to know about your characters in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"? Emily?
Anthony Mackie: Right now. Do it. Say it.
Emily VanCamp: You guys are first on this one.
Frank Grillo: No. You go, girl.
VanCamp: Oh, come on! I don't know.
Grillo: What's the first thing you want them to know?
VanCamp: That... I can't tell you anything.
Grillo: You can. They just told you you could say a few things.
VanCamp: Listen, I think it's fair to say that everybody knows that I'm playing Agent 13, Sharon Carter. But the way in which we meet her, I think, will be very surprising.
Mackie: No. We want everyone to know that Agent 13 is in the movie, and she's bringing the pain.
Grillo: WHAT?! Yes!
VanCamp: Thank you! [VanCamp, Grillo, and Mackie high five]
Mackie: That's what we do. That's how we do it. "Captain America 2." Agent 13, puttin' it down.
VanCamp: Thank you!
Mackie: Done. [laughs]
VanCamp. There you go. That's all you need to know.
That's pretty much it! Frank, what about you?
Grillo: The baddest man in the movie.
VanCamp [raising her finger]: Man. [laughs]
Mackie: Wow. Look at that.
VanCamp: It just came out.
Grillo: As I recall, the baddest man in the movie...
Mackie: She couldn't control it.
Grillo: ...By the way, no cape, no birds. None of that. [He's] just a badass.
Mackie: He just walks around and gets his ass kicked. That's what he does. He just walks around and takes a good ass-whooping.
And you, Anthony?
Mackie: Shakespeare said it best... [laughs] Shakespeare said, "Some men are born great, some men achieve greatness, some men have greatness thrust upon them." The Falcon is all three.
Grillo: Oooooooh! [laughs] Are you kidding me?!
Mackie: I prepared that, kid!
VanCamp: You studied that!
Grillo: Oh, man. Man.
Mackie: Gimme that! Deal with that. I'm done. Ask me another question.
Grillo: Also, another thing you should know is The Falcon is sexually ambiguous.
That's a Moviefone exclusive right there. Now that we've got your characters laid out, what about the movie itself? What's the one thing you want people to know about "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"?
VanCamp: Listen, I went first last time. Frank goes first this time.
Grillo: The movie as a whole, it differs from the other films in that it is a political thriller.
Mackie [under his breath]: He's not even in the movie.
Grillo: It really is.
Mackie [under his breath]: He hasn't even read the script.
Grillo: I never did read the script. But from what they tell me it is... No, I've said this earlier, it's not really good versus evil. It's two sides of an idea, and that's where it veers away from the other films that I've seen, the Marvel movies specifically. So, it really is a bit of a departure.
What was your reaction to seeing Sebastian Stan (the Winter Soldier) in his costume for the first time?
Grillo: I don't know if I'm allowed to say it.
VanCamp: I saw a picture in the makeup trailer the first day we started working and I thought it looked pretty incredible.
Grillo: Can I say this? He's beautiful.
Mackie: See, I knew you wanted to say it.
Grillo: Am I not allowed to say that?
Mackie: It fits your personality.
Grillo: He is beautiful. That's all I'm going to say.
Emily, you're playing badass Agent 13, and you play badass Emily Thorne. Who would win in a fight?
VanCamp: Oh, sh*t.
Grillo: That's a great question.
VanCamp: That is a great question.
Mackie: Look at that face. She fights so well because she can't let anybody hurt the face.
VanCamp: I think they'd both get pretty beat up. But, I don't know. I don't know.
Mackie: C'mon, go with it. Say it.
VanCamp: Emily Thorne's pretty, but she's got the crazy element, so...
Mackie: Vatos locos.
VanCamp: So when you bring the crazy with the badass-ness, then you have a bit of an edge, you know?
Mackie: That's exactly right.
VanCamp: So that's kind of... But then... You know... I'll say Emily Thorne. Maybe.
She brings the crazy?
Grillo: She brings the crazy.
VanCamp: She brings the crazy. She's a nut.
Grillo: She's a Housewife.
Mackie: She's an Orange County Housewife.
Grillo: She throws shoes and puts wine in people's faces.
VanCamp: She'll do anything. She'll poison a bitch.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres this fall. Would any of you be interested in making an appearance if it made sense for your character? Emily, as Agent 13, this question is mostly for you.
VanCamp: I'd certainly consider it. But the only thing is... I mean, they'd have to figure it out. If they figured it out I would make it work.
Mackie: Yes, you can. You can make that work. It's Marvel. They can make everything work.
VanCamp: Exactly. Disney and Marvel seem to make a lot of stuff work. But yeah, I'm open to anything, really. She's a fun character to play.
A lot of people "geek out" over seeing stars, like you, at Comic-Con. Is there anyone or anything at Comic-Con that you're geeking out over?
Mackie: Debra Messing.
VanCamp: Really?! Is she here?
Mackie: I don't know.
Just in general, Debra Messing?
Mackie: She does it.
Grillo: She does?
VanCamp: I have to say I'm a huge "Walking Dead" fan, and I know they had their thing yesterday. And I'm sorry that I missed it. I hear they had zombies in cages and the works. That's probably the only thing I watch religiously, so I probably would have geeked out there.
They had this whole zombie escape obstacle course going on.
VanCamp: That sounds phenomenal.
Grillo: I brought my sixteen-year-old son with me, who is a comic-book geek. And he's a writer and loves all this. So my excitement is for him to see all this stuff. And I will be the coolest father after summer vacation.
So what's your dream Comic-Con costume?
VanCamp: I'd go zombie.
Mackie: Onezie? Yes. Right now. "Flashdance" leotard. Ripped, like Freddy Kreuger. Done. Right now.
VanCamp: Sing it!
Grillo: Oh, man.
Would that outfit would be perfect for Emily or for you?
Mackie: No, for her!
VanCamp: Actually, I was seeing it for you. You could do "Flashdance." Come on!
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (not "Flashdance") hits theaters April 4, 2014.