Anthony Mackie in Talks to Soar as Falcon in Captain America 2 – UPDATED


Anthony Mackie in Crossover (2006) Movie ImageAnthony 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.

The Falcon Comic Book Cover

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  • Juggernaut

    Anthony Mackie would make a great Falcon! I can’t wait to see what this next movie brings. Hopefully Sebastian Stan returns.

    • Nix

      He’s officially also back. See update.

    • Dedpool

      Agreed!!! Glad he’s getting in a comic movie somehow, and Falcon is a great character for him!

  • ErickKwon

    I’m sorry, but the Bird Whisperer is a stupid ass character in general, let alone a wasted chance to introduce a new face to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mackie as Black Panther or Luke Cage could be a lot more interesting and a better fit for the corner of the MCU that “Capt America” inhabits.

  • Kd190223

    Falcon= Worst black super hero EVER!!

    • Dominique Hatcher

      I’m gonna have to disagree with you on that one………

      • Lexavi80

        You tell them, Dominique!

        Actually The Falcon is a very strong will character. I’m happy he’s going to be in phase 2.

      • Dedpool

        He really showed how close he was with Cap while Bucky was standing in. Falcon is actually a great character and one that gets over looked alot.

  • TotesMagotes

    Wow this is shaping up to what could be the worst post-avengers superhero sequel…. Bringing back a guy who we witnessed die, who would now be over 100 years old in present day, and bringing in a sidekick that uses fake wings to fly…. stupid.

    • Dedpool

      Um much like Cap, Bucky didn’t die but was frozen. But unlike Cap he was found by the Russians and brainwashed.

    • Juggernaut

      Let’s not forget that Bucky was found on that slab in Red Skull’s facility and was most likley subjected to some form of alterations that would make him able to sustain in such surroundings. Then who knows what happened to him after being discovered.

      • Dedpool

        VERY VERY TRUE!!!

  • Online72

    Sorry….old school here. There are somethings that should have never changed. One being that Bucky is DEAD. So is Gwen and, Uncle Ben. However, my personal preference aside, this is not enough to keep me from seeing this movie. I loved the first one. Hopefully, we’ll see a lot of flashbacks to the ’40s.

    • Dedpool

      See I agreed with you, until I actually read the stories. They were very good/ Uncle Ben and Gwen are still dead, thank god. Jason Todd came back around same time as Bucky and both were pretty badass. NEways I look forward to this development.

      • Juggernaut

        The Winter Soldier is Cap’s most dangerous foe in the comics by far! I’m glad that they’re bringing the character in. I’m surprised that this storyline is being done in the sequel though. I was sure that they were going to leave us hanging for one more film and have the big reveal in an after credits stinger to the second movie.

        • Dedpool

          Definitely and one of his best allies, and the BEST stand in Cap ever!

  • X_p

    falcon? and galaxy geeks? marvel is trying to make us care about their d listers really really bad. and the movies and our entertainment are going to suffer for it.

    • Dedpool

      Guardians was actually a pretty fun read. Drity dozen meets Star wars. Imagine if Han Solo made a group of people out of the baddest dudes in the galaxy. Don’t knock what you don’t know.

      • Nix

        Yes, but the talking raccoon! Why a talking raccoon!???

        • Lexavi80


          The raccoon also puzzles me, but Marvel have done not only one, but FIVE titles to work on the big screen.

          I think that, if done right, Ant-Man, Falcon and the Guardians of the Galaxy could be a hell lotta fun!

        • Dedpool

          He was created in the 70’s so that explains a bit. But he’s become super popular recently in comics, even showing up on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and was a character in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (A badass one I might add)

  • Lexavi80

    Sinde The First Avenger I was thinking Sebastian Stan should go back and do Bucky, the Winter Soldier.


    Anthony Mackie will have to bulk up to play The Falcon. I wouldn’t want that character to be that skinny.