Anthony Mackie Eyes Falcon Role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Created in 1969 by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Sam Wilson made his first appearance in Captain America #117 and was Marvel’s first African-American superhero, continuing on as the book’s regular co-star for much of the 1970’s. Prior to a later retcon, Wilson was a Harlem social worker who shares an empathic link with birds, including his own falcon, Redwing. After becoming a costumed hero, Wilson made use of a flight harness to take flight alongside Cap.

Details are few on the plot of the Marvel Studio sequel but, based on the title, it’s pretty much a certainty that the film will follow Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier storyline, revealing the true fate of Sebastian Stan’s James “Bucky” Barnes after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Mackie appeared earlier this year in Man on a Ledge and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo with Stephen McFeely providing the screenplay.

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