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It's a shame that this news didn't come out two days ago, as it would have been a perfect addition to all of the other face-meltingly awesome announcements that Marvel Studios made in Hall H this past Saturday at San Diego Comic Con.
According to THR, Anthony Mackie, who found his way on to peoples' radars with his turn in Best Picture-winning The Hurt Locker and has since starred in movies such as The Adjustment Bureau, Real Steel, Notorious, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is now in talks to play Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film, which is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, will be a sequel to the events that occurred in both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. The title suggests that the movie will be bringing one of Captain America's most famous storylines to the big screen, resurrecting Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (you may remember a fateful incident involving an armed guard, a train, and a long fall from the first Cap movie) as a brainwashed assassin.
Falcon, real name Sam Wilson, was first introduced in 1969 and was, for a time, Captain America's sidekick. In the comics the character has the ability to empathtically link with his pet bird, Redwing, and see through the eyes of birds near him. He can also fly and is a skilled fighter. It might seem strange to have a character like this in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as things in the movies are typically more grounded, however, in the source material Falcon actually gets his powers from The Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube, two elements that have already been introduced in the films.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released on April 4, 2014. To read more about the project head over to our Blend Film Database.