With the well-received trailers and political thriller undertones, many a Marvel fan is expecting Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be one of the better Marvel movie experiences so far. The cast of characters includes Chris Evans as Cap himself (obviously), Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as super-spy Nick Fury, and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson a.k.a. The Falcon (among others).
And while we’ve seen bits of The Falcon and his winged apparatus here and there in the recent Captain America 2 publicity barrage, we’ve yet to see material – say, a poster – that focuses specifically on the character (unlike Steve Rogers, Black Widow, and Nick Fury). Well, now we’ve got one – in addition to a batch of new character images featuring Cap, Fury, Widow, and Winter Soldier.
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For those who don’t know the background of The Falcon, it’s worth pointing out that he’s considered to be the first mainstream African-American character. And while his early character history is a bit – well, terrible (his religious parents were killed, so he left his life of volunteer work to become a criminal, gang leader, and pimp) – he eventually became one of the most beloved characters in comic books.
In the comics, he not only sports a flight harness like the one you’ll see in the film, but he also has a sort of psychic connection to his bird, Redwing, and a less powerful connection with other birds. Initially, there was no explanation for this, but it was later revealed that the Red Skull had fused Falcon’s mind with Redwing’s using the power of the Cosmic Cube.
We probably won’t be seeing Redwing in Captain America 2, at least not in the same capacity as the comics, which is sort of a shame. Who doesn’t love pet sidekicks?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you liking the look of The Falcon in the newest poster? What’s your take on the other images? Drop us a line in the comments.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4th, 2014.
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