Anthony Mackie to Play Falcon in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
In case you weren't paying attention to our own Alex Billington or yours truly on Twitter this weekend (or you haven't yet checked out our informative and geek-filled video blog from the Marvel panel at Comic-Con on Saturday), the comic book movie studio announced the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger now has the official and exciting title of Captain America: The Winter Solider. We'll get to what that means below, but first Heat Vision has word of a new cast member for the film as Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Real Steel) is in talks to play Falcon, one of the first African American superheroes. Read on!
More than likely Mackie will be playing Sam Wilson, the kid from Harlem with a troubled past that includes a life of crime after his father and mother were killed at different times by vagrants, but it's not clear if he'll take on his superhero alter ego as Falcon, who ends up working with Captain America cleaning up the streets of New York. Falcon has a suit which allows him to fly and enhances his strength, but his name mostly comes from the fact that he can telepathically talk to birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named Redwing. But just what kind of story are we looking at here for the sequel?
Thankfully, the title gives us a pretty good idea. Beware of spoilers from here on out for both the first film and maybe the sequel. For those who have seen Captain America: The First Avenger, we know that Captain Steve Rogers loses his childhood friend and military buddy Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Well, in the comics, Barnes is found alive and brought back to life by the Russian military. With no memory of what happened, or his life before, the Soviet's turned him into an assassin called the Winter Soldier, and sent him across the globe killing high profile targets during the Cold War. However, his memory implantation caused mental instability, and he was kept in stasis between missions to prevent rebellion.
But since Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been said to keep Cap in present day following the events of The Avengers, it's hard to say how this will play out on the big screen. Much like Captain America, I'm willing to bet Barnes was kept frozen and is brought back in modern times, which should make for quite a reunion. If anything, bringing Mackie into the mix as Cap's sidekick (which is what Falcon becomes in the comics) would make for some tension and maybe even anger and jealously for Barnes, even though his death wasn't really Cap's fault. Falcon also eventually becomes part of The Avengers for a short time, so maybe we'll get another team member in the sequel. Either way, it sounds like fans will get exactly what they want from a Captain America sequel. We'll find out when the film hits theaters on April 4th, 2014.