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Anthony Mackie has previously stated that he wouldn’t mind playing The Black Panther should Marvel ever decide to explore that part of their universe, something that doesn’t look to be happening anytime soon, despite previous reports indicating otherwise. Until Marvel does book a trip to Wakanda, though, we’ll just have to be satisfied with the “Hurt Locker” star joining the further adventures of Captain America in the sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.
Mackie is officially in talks to join the sequel as Falcon, Captain America’s long-standing partner, who gets his powers from a pair of artificial wings that allows him to fly and give him enhanced strength. Plus, don’t underestimate looking really cool in feathers.
The character, Sam Wilson, is 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 that 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.
Although Marvel isn’t giving away any details for the sequel, the fact that it’s being subtitled “The Winter Soldier” would seem to indicate that the movie will be using a popular story arc from the “Captain America” comic book, which features the return of a presumed dead character from the superhero’s past. I won’t spoil it here for those who have never read the arc.
Chris Evans will return as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, now stuck in the present day. Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo will call his adventures this time around, with the good Captain set to do battle once again on April 4, 2014.
Update: Variety adds that Sebastian Stan will also return as Bucky, the “Winter Soldier” of the subtitle, who returns despite having “died” in the first movie. I was trying to keep this a secret, in case it was a major spoiler in the coming sequel, but with both Variety and THR now having spoiled it, I don’t suppose it matters much.