Anthony Mackie Up To Play Falcon in ‘Captain America 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:43 am,

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Marvel is fresh off a successful appearance at Comic-Con 2012, where the studio premiered several mouth-watering items for its geek fanbase. That included: Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man test footage, an Iron Man 3 sizzle reel, confirmation on a Guardians of the Galaxy movie arriving in 2014, and new titles for its sequels, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Fans has been speculating that Captain America 2 would feature a Winter Soldier storyline for quite some time, going back to when it was announced that Sebastian Stan had signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel to portray Steve Rogers’ brother-in-arms Bucky Barnes (who became the aforementioned brain-washed, cybernetic super assassin, in “Captain America” vol. 5, #1, released in 2005).

Heat Vision has learned that Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to appear in The Winter Soldier as Sam T. Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon). The character was introduced in “Captain America” #117 in 1969, and is the first full-blown African-American superhero featured in mainstream comics (preceding Luke Cage by nearly three years).

Wilson was introduced as an unnamed social worker in Harlem (during the 1960s), who was recruited by the Red Skull under false pretense. The latter then used the Cosmic Cube to give Wilson psychic powers, which allowed him to communicate telepathically with birds (and thus, control them). Wilson eventually discovered the truth about who the villain and his allies were, and escaped. Shortly thereafter, he encountered Steve Rogers, who convinced Wilson to take on a superhero persona: Falcon, a crime-fighter whose strength is enhanced by his suit (which also allows him to fly).

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Falcon would go on to have several adventures with Captain America in the 1970s, when Steve Englehart retconned the character’s backstory so that he’d spent some time living as a gangster called Snap, following the murder of his parents (Wilson’s memories were revealed to have been altered by Red Skull, via the Cosmic Cube). The superhero was also briefly an Avenger during the late ’70s and late ’90s, and appeared in a handful of Captain America comic storylines in the early 2000s (he’s now a recurring player in the regular CA series, which began with #600 in 2009).

Details are being kept under wraps, with regards to what elements from Falcon’s comic history will be retained for the Captain America sequel. The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is said to take place primarily in the present-day, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) carries out missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. Moreover, recent rumors have suggested the film will be heavily oriented around the organization and its employees (including, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)). Hence, it’s entirely possible that Sam Wilson will already be a S.H.I.E.L.D. employee, at the beginning of Captain America 2.

There’s also been unsubstantiated talk about how directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Community) are going to structure The Winter Soldier as a grounded, globe-trotting espionage thriller. Such a maneuver could set the stage for Cap and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. employees (Black Widow, Hawkeye, and perhaps Falcon) to encounter the eponymous villain, working for a foreign enemy – and thus, force Steve Rogers to reconcile his past in a most unexpected (and painful) way, with the knowledge that his onetime friend has become a bitter foe.

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Anthony Mackie in 'The Hurt Locker'

Mackie, for his part, has seen his star rise rapidly these past three years, following his turns in The Hurt Locker, Notorious, Adjustment Bureau, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (among other films). He doesn’t look to lose momentum anytime soon either, with roles in this fall’s Gangster Squad and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain on the horizon, in addition to Captain America 2.

The actor will (hopefully) get a healthy amount of screen time while playing Falcon in Captain America 2 – and future installments – seeing how it does take him out of the running as a contender to portray Black Panther in Marvel’s shared movie universe.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in U.S. theaters on April 4th, 2014.

Source: THR

TAGS: captain america, captain america 2

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  1. Not super exciting but not horrible either.

    Black Panther is the move Marvel…..Make the Movie Already!

    • I agree a Black Panther movie would be awesome

  2. if there is gonna be a black panther movie i hope michael jai white is gonna play him hes perfect for the role no doubt

    • Micheal J White may have the martial art background however he doesn’t have the:

      Acting chops
      The look, he is too big for BP
      His age is a problem

      He would make a good villian from a rival tribe or some such

    • He’s too old man…

      • Anyone else who dislikes the falcon costume for this movie?

  3. sweet

  4. All I wanted was Black Panther for a good black actor, not a random nondescript Harlem stereotype-type thing…

  5. All of you who keep saying Black Panther. Have you read his comics? Do you know his story? Who are his foes, who are his allies. Where is his base of operations, what would the slower in-between scenes look like? And would Storm be available for use, shes T’Challa’s wife.
    Someone who actually KNOWS about Black Panther, please give us your oppinion.

  6. And this article is about The Falcoln, who is awesome, the only person Steve Rogers really takes advice from. Their partnership is pretty cool. Mackie, Evans, Renner and Johansen v. Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier? Bad ass.

  7. What villain or villains will be in the film? And what is Thor’s Dark World?

  8. @Steve Rogers…

    Huh? You think we’re just pulling his name from our culos then? Who’d ask for a character such as BP and NOT know anything about him? That’s like asking for Luke Cage, Shang-Chi or Misty Knight…

    anyway, to answer the question

    1. Man-Ape
    2. Klaw
    3. Eric Killmonger.. think that’s enough.

    first introduced in 66.. *yawn* Powers given by Panther God and root/herb….

    …think i’ll stop here

    • Bushmaster.

      And the Storm thing is relatively new and clearly they can’t use her. Nobody is downplaying Falcon, but Black Panther is always going to be mentioned by some fans as being film worthy.

    • White wolf is an enemy of black panther too.

  9. I’m happy to see falcon I feel like we havnt seen someone like him. But I am surprised to see him before tchalla. I mean millions of people like the black panther so the story is there just make the damn movie. Now when the avengers 2 comes out will the panther have been made by then or will the falcon take up the role as black member on the team. Now one thing I don’t understand are these damn ages. Does every hero in the marvel universe have to be 30 and up. Now I’m not saying make the black panther as young as spiderman but honestly would it be that inaccurate. He was a prince when his dad died which is what I’m sure his movie would focus on; his orgin. So being 19 myself I wouldn’t mind seeing Tchalla as 20-22 young and pissed off at the world. I’m half African American so this is not a race thing but face it panther is a black captain. Same level of abilities with meaningless differences: one has a shield one has claws. I would live to say a young angry panther. I would have like a young falcon before panther but that’s out the door now

  10. Pity. I wanted Mackie for the Black Panther.

  11. Mackie is a great choice for falcon hope he gets the part. As for black panther I agree with a lot of you… He is awesome, and he deserves an excellent movie like Thor or iron man there are tons of rumors about it so i really hope they make one because he’s an awesome superhero and all but I actually hope it’s an unknown actor when they cast him mackie wouldn’t be my choice for panther because he just doesn’t look foreign enough to me mackie looks like a native of new York city and I always see black panther as a native of africa

  12. Chiwel Ejiofor is my T’Challa he did a splendid job in Serenity, he would have to build up, he did Red-Belt which is a very good movie. Storm would have to be involved, the begining of the movie must show him as a young boy witnessing his father’s demise, show the different tribes of Wakanda and just how vast the nation is. Priest must be consulted on this, this movie should be an all star cast no stereotypes involved from a European-American point of view the actor has to be character driven very smart also debonair.

    Michael Jai White is perfect just give him the oppurtunity if it is there, regardless of age he looks good for his time. Denzel to portray his father, T’Chaka Wakanda is technology so advanced even Stark has to bow his head, in terms of business Marc Specter, dosen’t make as much money a very conservative country which never bowed down to any European colonies also mention Azania.

    This is an epic movie when done right fans will be glad, Directors and producers Antoine Fuqua, Spike Lee, Thomas Carter, John Singleton, Anthony Hemingway.

  13. This is an epic movie when done right fans will be glad, Directors and producers Antoine Fuqua, Spike Lee, Thomas Carter, John Singleton, Anthony Hemingway.

    These are directors and producers with a great vision, so long as MARVEL and which chosen production company dosen’t water down the characters.

  14. Peter mensah from spartacus has the voice and presence plus the build to play the black panther , as for the falcon maybe since hes from harlem morris chestnut can place him in a good spot

    • bill zuschlag Please do your research T’Challa isn’t from Harlem, he is from central Africa. He is an African i.e Wakandan not African American.

  15. HI . sub mariner he is first . when is a movie due ..

  16. wanted a movie with sub mariner or co stare

    • sub mariner is an anti hero who deserves a movie or a cameo in one.

  17. The falcon costume in Captain America 2 is a eye soar the costume would look better if it resembled the costume in the comics because black looks horrible and doesn’t work for falcon. I hope they change falcons costume if he appears in any other marvel movies and on marvels agents of shield.

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