Captain America 2: Will We See Falcon’s Pet & Toby Jones’ Arnim Zola?

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With Iron Man 3 shooting additional extra scenes in India, Thor: The Dark World completing principal photography, and Guardians of the Galaxy beginning production this summer, the other film on the 2013 Marvel Studios to-do list is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The sequel to The First Avenger begins shooting this April and joining the franchise in the role of Sam Wilson AKA Falcon is Anthony Mackie.

With a plethora of roles in major theatrical releases in the last two-three years, the most recent of which is Gangster Squad, Mackie has seen more press than any other Marvel Studios actor lately, and despite the onslaught of Captain America related questions, he’s remaining rightfully coy, with a good sense of humor to deflect the attention. Most recently, we’ve seen him dance around questions regarding Falcon’s superhero costume, and last week he had more inquiries to deal with.

Chatting with Capone of Ain’t It Cool News during a post-screening Q&A in Chicago for Gangster Squad, Anthony Mackie answered (read: dodged) a few questions about the character he’ll be playing in Captain America 2, beginning with a confirmation of Falcon’s basic traits:

“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”

By “superhero,” Mackie is again hinting that his character will indeed, have superpowers, unlike his headlining S.H.I.E.L.D. counterparts, Black Widow and Hawkeye. In an interview three months ago discussing his workout routine and goal of hitting 230 pounds, he said “I’m just a dude [Captain America] dragged into the lab that he injected with some shit.” In Marvel Comics, Sam Wilson acquired the ability (via Cosmic Cube – see: The Avengers) to mentally link with his pet bird, Redwing, an ability that evolved to eventually allow him to control other birds and extend his vision through theirs.

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His ability to fly comes from detachable wings and a built in jet pack (various forms and tech in the comics). Otherwise, he’s a normal – albeit very fit – human. In the film, he could be different, if that “injection” is a real thing he’s referencing from the script. As for reading up on the part after signing with Marvel Studios:

“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.”

After dodging the first question of whether or not Falcon in the film will have his pet Redwing, Mackie was asked directly again, to which he remained dodgy, keeping consistent with all of his recent interviews, successfully avoiding spilling concrete details on The Winter Soldier.

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“Man, I told you I can’t talk…[laughs] This is the first job I got asked to do first, and you’re trying to get me fired first. I have no idea what you’re talking about… This is what I learned about franchises. They can always cast somebody else and say, ‘Well that last person died,’ or just not address it. You see the second movie, and the guy is a different guy than the first, and they’re like, ‘Yep, same dude to me.’ ‘I am very happy to be here.’ [said in Eddie Murphy’s COMING TO AMERICA voice.]”

Mackie is of course referring to the recasting of James “Rhodey” Rhodes for Iron Man 2 where Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard, setting a scary precedent for actors locking into long-term contracts with Marvel Studios.

As for the villains of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, outside of the introduction of Crossbones (to be played by Frank Grillo), we do not yet know who the main antagonist(s) will be. From Hugo Weaving’s words on playing the Red Skull and being in these types of genre blockbusters, it seems unlikely that the Red Skull will be back, even if he was once a possible main villain for The Avengers and even though in the books, he’s responsible for Sam Wilson acquiring his ability to connect to other birds.

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Instead, speculation and rumors point towards a possible introduction of Baron Zemo or the return of Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – who would potentially return in another form. In the books, Zola transfers his consciousness into a robot, and we theorized that the character could be combined with MODOK from the comics (see: rumors and Iron Man 3 AIM connection). Jones told MTV at the Golden Globes that he’d love to return but doesn’t know if he will.

“I hope so. I’m not sure the script is totally sorted out yet, but I’m waiting to hear about that.”

The film begins shooting this April. For more information, check out the latest Captain America 2 rumors. Would you alter Falcon’s  and/or Zola’s abilities/origins for the cinematic universe?

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

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Sources: AICN, MTV

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  1. Maybe it is a bit premature since I have not yet seen the movie, but I would love to see a sequel with Falcon, or even his own movie.

  2. Well Zola could potentially come back since he grabbed the blueprints for the robot that he transfers his conscious into during that scene when Cap finds Bucky tied to the table.

  3. IM3 is shooting additional scences in India?? When did this happen??

    I would like the falcon to be as close to the original comic as possible. I liked him in the comics, but he always seemed like a second tier guy. Cool nonetheless though. I’d still rather have Black Panther in the mix however instead, if I had a choice.

    Too bad about the Red Skull, I enjoined him in the first one. Why would Hugo Weaving be such a jerk like that? Play the part, grab your giant bag of cash, and go home. Sometimes I don’t get actors.

    • Giant bag of cash? This is Marvel we are talking about. Outside of RDJ, a lot of the actors are underpaid compared to “normal” Hollywood standards.

    • I don’t think it’s fair to call him a jerk. Best to watch/read the interviews where he talks about it.

    • He’s character melted in the last film, please explain how he’s coming back from that. I really don’t see why Hugo Weaving is being a jerk for not wanting to star in a film he doesn’t really like, I mean I’d imagine he’s a big enough actor that a lot of people want to hire Hugo so if he has a lot of choice why should he go for a project he doesn’t really like?

      • he didnt really melt, not like the dude did in raiders of the lost ark. it was more like he was teleported to some realm (one of the 9 from thor perhaps, at least that’s what it looks like to me) and i think he will probably do a cameo of some sort in one of the futue films. i hope so any way. even if they don’t get weaving, i think there are plenty of people who could do it. i think they should get arnold to do it. he’s still got the build. he’s got the accent. he could be an aged red skull. i know he was one of the people who helped to (temporarily) kill the batman franchise, but if they could not have every line of his be a one-liner, i think it could work.

  4. As a couple of people posted last week, maybe he’ll have Vibrainum wings.

  5. Classic Zola, would be rather cool, even with an updated design, but it still needs the scientest feel of the original or else it will be a, oh my another evil robot.

    with falcon, I am still hoping for a variation of classic costume, and having his bird would be rather amusing, and screen Rant stop calling the cosmic Cube the tesseract, Cosmic Cube is a lot catchier

    • Say Rob Keyes and you other guys at screenrant should really do a lineup of ironman suits we would love to see, and a list of Ant-Man notable villians we could see, like the Black night, Egghead, Porcupine, or the human top(whirlwind nowadays), or more recent viliians from the pages of the avengers like the living laser(he has a thing for the wasp ) just a thought, while we are in this long dryspell for antman stuff

      • We’re a long way away from Ant-Man. Almost Two years and ten months, to be exact 😉

        • I know we are far away, and while I am still sad about that, now wouldn’t be a bad time to take a look at his villians, and perhaps at his various costumes and alter-egos, mabye with little excerpts on the sucessors for some of his alter-egos as well(there have been 2 additional ant-mans, several goliaths, and a second yellow jacket), and of course I am refering to Henry Pym as the venter of this. it would be something fun and interesting for those who dont know about him. the hall of armors we would love to see would be fun too

          and I know kudos to you for calling it the cosmic Cube, however you are one of the few. and you cant blame me for throwing these suggestions at you, they are good and they are nice things for those of us anticipating Ant-man and Iron-man 3(specialy with the rumor about some comic book armors 😉 ). and its a nice look for henry pym, and because he may appear in A2

    • I called it the Cosmic Cube in this post!

  6. cant wait for this one

  7. cap2 is gonna be so sick

  8. With the casting of crossbones and his character being include, im really interested to see where they go with this in the long run. Maybe since Hugo Weaving won’t come back they can bring in Sin to take his place. It makes more sense with the modern setting to me. And it would be awesome to see her on the big screen with Crossbones. I actually like Sin better than Red Skull. I don’t know why, i just like what they did with her in the comics.

    • Personaly, I am hoping for Baron Zemo, he is a classic Cap villian, however he does have some layers, there have been 2(the original was a Nazi scientest in WW2 who got his head mask(he wore it so that his ‘test subjects’ couldnt identify him so he wouldnt have to worry about criminal charges, oh boy that backfired) glued to his face by cap, later got killed by a rockslide inadverntly caused by Cap, and the 2nd was his son, who I believe has even gone about face following the Thunderbolts affair. Of course I would also be delighted if we got Android Zola, or Baron Von Strucker, as between these 3 you have got a bunch of power leaders(Zemo created the masters of evil, Strucker originaly created post WW2 hydra, and is the long time leader, Zola is an evil geneticist, and we have seen a couple of those, he also has a camera for a head)

      • Yea. I think Baron Zemo would be good. I don’t know much about either of them but i am trying to get caught up on my Captain America history. Hes always been my favorite. I think that Sin would be a good addition though with the way they have went so far in the first movie and, like I said with the inclusion of Crossbones. Maybe start out with Zemo, and slowly introduce Sin into it. It all doesn’t have to be all in one movie.