Anthony Mackie to Play Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

     July 16, 2012


A couple days ago at Comic-Con, Marvel revealed that Joe and Anthony Russo‘s sequel to Captain America would be entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  While Chris Evans is the only cast member officially slated to return, presumably Sebastian Stan would be back since Bucky Barnes becomes the eponymous brainwashed Russian assassin, Winter Soldier.   While we wait to see if Stan is back on board, THR is reporting that Anthony Mackie may join the cast to play Falcon, “one of mainstream comics’ first black superheroes and perhaps its first American one.”

Hit the jump for more on Falcon and a refresher on Mackie’s other projects.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out April 4, 2014.

Per THR, here are some more details about Falcon:

“The character, Sam Wilson, was Harlem-based and had many street adventures with Cap in the 1970s comics when he served as his partner. He derives his powers from a suit which allows him to fly and enhances his strength. He can also telepathically talk to birds. In current comics, Falcon is a key player in many of Cap’s espionage adventures.”

Details on Captain America: The Winter Soldier are mostly under wraps.  We know that the sequel will flip between World War II and the present day.

I’m always happy when films add Mackie to their casts.  He’s a terrific actor, and I’m glad to see him continue to line up roles in major films.  He’ll next be seen in the blockbuster crime flick Gangster Squad.  He’s recently finished shooting on Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, and he’s now filming Brad Furman‘s gambling drama Runner Runner co-starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.


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  • Cpt. Hindsight

    This could be extremely awesome or horribly odd. It all hinges on the suit for Falcon imo. If they go direct comic then it’ll look weird but if they update it and make it look badass then it could work. Would of preferred Black Panther over The Falcon but as long as Falcon joins S.H.E.I.L.D and not the Avengers I’m ok with it. Black Pantera needs to be the Avenger. Yes, I know Falcon was an Avenger I just think Black Panther is way more interesting.

  • Ruprect

    Excellent! Always a fan of Falcon while I was growing up in the 70′s. Even had the action figure (and Spidey and Cap and IronMan …etc). Excited about Marvel’s “Phase 2″ and seeing many more of the inhabitants of that universe come to life on screen. Top 3 on my list? Dr Strange (can’t think of good casting off the top of my head), Black Panther (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Moon Knight (maybe Clive Owen).

  • Stinky

    Good choice on Falcon. My first thought was about the costume.

    I agree it needs to be streamlined for the big screen, but for F’s sake, don’t give it a X-Men black spandex makeover.

    Looking back, Cap doesn’t exactly have the coolest comrades. Falcon was dope enough. Nomad and D-Man were weak-ass. The original Invaders were solid, but it’s too late to work them into the on-screen universe.

    Going with Winter Soldier will be a fun ride. Wonder if doing ‘Red, White & Black’ was ever considered…

    • Anthony Mackie

      I SAY Ultimate Falcon 4 THE FIT

  • Zack

    Is it just me, or didn’t Bucky Barnes die in the last movie…..

    Also, Capt. America was frozen. If they revive Bucky Barnes and somehow work in a plot of unfreezing Captain, him saving the day, then refreezing him so he’s frozen again for Avengers….sounds pretty ridiculous to me.

    Maybe I got that all wrong though. Thoughts?

    • IcemanHill

      Bucky fell into a frozen river off of the train… definitely could have the same “frozen” fate as Cap. BUUUUTTTT…at this point Cap was enhanced by the super serum and in IMO allowed him to survive being encased in ice. Bucky was just a normal guy and probably couldn’t survive the fall and/or being a popsicle. Thats where i think the cyber-organic storyline will come into play??? who knows…

    • Justin

      It won’t have anything to do with Captain being unfrozen before the events of the Avengers Initiative, it’ll be focused on Bucky coming back as the Winter Soldier. In the comics he was believed to have been killed by the bomb he was trying to disarm going off only to later come back as a Russian Spec-ops assassin. They only use him during the missions, putting him back into cryogenic stasis when he’s not in use, leaving him nearly as young as he was when he did the mission with Captain America during present day. The events that will actually bring the Winter Soldier to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s and Captain’s attention probably won’t be related directly to the comic book, but the origins for the Winter Soldier can easily be adapted for the Cinematic universe.

  • Stinky

    I think they’re just doing flashbacks of Cap in WW2 that somehow pertain to new events.

    Bucky did die in the Cap movie. Should have stayed dead in the comics.

    About 10 years ago they brought him back as the Winter Solider. Turns out, way back when, the Russians find a *mostly* dead Bucky floating teats-up somewhere in the Arctic (yeah, in the flick he died much earlier. In the comics he ate it with Cap). Brainwash. Bulk up. Have him do all kinds of underhanded Soviet nonsense. While he wasn’t on a mission, Winter Solider was put in suspended animation. So, although he’s north of 70-years-old, Bucky/Winter Solider should only appear a few years older during the inevitable dust-up with Cap’n come 2014.

    • Thundersauresrex

      woah were you on set? did you write the script? did you see him die? HOLY SHIT!? do you know more spoilers about the new cap film? NUMBER one there is no way to show other adventures that cap had in WW2 since he was given the chance to be in th earmy for one reason. take down Red Skull. which he did and crashed.
      i would also point out Bucky surviving and being winter soldier only works in the current time line not in the past since of the all the hate and grudge that Bucky has against cap. NEXT BUCKY was indeed found in a chamber tied down to a medical bed. experiments could have been done on him. that just havent ignited anything in him yet. stop being a putz and thinking you r righ

      • Che

        Take a look at Marvel Movies official Phase One Timeline, its out there Google it. The first Cpt. America takes place from 1945 and 1948. All sorts of things could have happened in those 3 years, yes his primary mission was to kill Red skull, but encounters with Baron Zemo and others are not out of the question.

      • daveyboy

        Hey smartass…maybe pay attention to what someone said before you start acting like a jackass…Stinky was talking about what happened in the comics that they are going to be basing this movie on(and he made that pretty clear,so yes,he has read the only Winter Soldier script that exists right now). The movies will do their own take on it,they completely changed who Bucky was for the first Cap movie anyway,so it is anyone’s guess how they will do the Winter Soldier story. And btw,most of Cap’s WWII battles in the movie were part of a freaking montage! And they didn’t really give a timeline either,so it would be pretty easy to have a flashback to an adventure that they simply didn’t show us in the movie,you fucking putz.

    • Get Em

      I agree with thunder. Bucky was experimented on in the first movie which will be the most logical step in him surviving the one of the vaguest deaths for a main character since raz in Batman. But you might wanna consider not bitching about bucky and get back to the point this is about falcon not steves eventual replacement .

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  • Joseph Lucas,II

    I want Anthony Mackie to play the Falcon in the Captain America:Winter Soldier and I want action figure toys for the movie.

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