Back in July, we reported that Anthony Mackie would play the superhero Falcon (a.k.a. Sam Wilson) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While details on the upcoming sequel are being kept highly under wraps, Mackie did provide some innocuous comments about the film while doing press for Gangster Squad. His most interesting comment was the revelation that his character will share his comic book counterpart’s wings and ability to fly. Mackie added, “I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”
Hit the jump for more. The film also stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
Mackie also spoke to AICN about how his brother and nerdy old friends were able to help him prepare for the role:
“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.”
From there, Mackie stopped himself from revealing any more since he knows that Marvel isn’t skittish about recasting actors (they may as well put Terrence Howard‘s head on a pike outside Marvel Studios’ headquarters):
“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.’”
Finally, Mackie did confirm that filming is set to begin on April 1st.