Anthony Mackie was correct in viewers turning a genuine male friendship into something more salacious. Given how Sam and Bucky started the Disney+ series, that idea seemed further from true. While shipping characters can be innocent, some shipping can become toxic and unnecessary. Even at the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam and Bucky were still figuring out their new friendship. The actor dealt with a similar issue while starring in Netflix's Altered Carbon. So no Sam and Bucky shenanigans are going on, according to Mackie.