When Marvel Studios President of Production and producer Kevin Feige unveiled the official title for Captain America 2 at Comic-Con last summer, it became abundantly clear what direction the franchise was heading in. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, takes its name from the Marvel Comics story arc in Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America where the titular hero's sidekick James "Bucky" Barnes, long thought dead since WWII, makes a surprising return.
"Winter Soldier" was Bucky's codename assigned by a secret Soviet program who recovered his body and turned him into an assassin. The story of his return to the modern era in the Captain America books also included the likes of Black Widow and Falcon, who we now know will be in the film adaptation as well, with Anthony Mackie joining the franchise as the airborne S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
In September, Mackie explained that he would be doing five months in intense physical training to bulk up for the role, aiming to hit 230 pounds with his 5'10 physique. Fortunately, Mackie is coming off of his most physically demanding role yet, as a body builder in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.
As for his costume, he teased at the time that that moviegoers will get to see hours of "Anthony in a tight suit kicking ass." Skip forward to present and while doing the press rounds for Gangster Squad, the actor wouldn't reveal details on what his movie costume would look like, only telling MTV that "it's pretty awesome. I look like a bad mother-what. It's pretty cool."
"I have read a script, and it's really good. It's fun. The Russo brothers have been really good about keeping me informed of their visions and ideas for what they want the movie to be. It seems like it's going to work on all accords, so I'm just excited about it."
Like Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, we can expect Falcon's outfit to be based on the Ultimate version of the character from the books, favoring practicality over colorful spandex. Falcon's traditional getup (image below) is a red and white white tight suit, whereas his Ultimate one (click for image) embraces a mercenary style, bolstered with heavy weaponry.
As for what happens to Sam Wilson AKA Falcon after Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
"They're very specific about how they utilize talent from movie to movie. They have a long ranging scope on what they want the Marvel franchise to be. They're real smart about it. Nothing happens by happenstance with them."
A third Captain America film is practically a certainty at this point so Falcon would likely return then, potentially even making an appearance in The Avengers 2 beforehand. It'd be neat to see The Avengers have an aerial unit featuring Iron Man, War Machine, Wasp and Falcon.
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, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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