Captain America (Chris Evans) will gain a wing man in the sequel, The Winter Soldier.
Anthony Mackie will play The Falcon, a bird-lover born Sam Wilson who hails from Harlem. He was Marvel’s first African-American superhero and a solid ally for Cap. Mackie says the directing duo – Joe and Anthony Russo – have done the character justice:
“The Russos have the ability to give dignity and substance to a character without making him heavy and hokey,” he says. “What was so cool about the script was having a three-dimensional real person that just happens to be a tactical expert that can fly.”
In the comic books, The Falcon joined the superhero team the Defenders, appearing in issues #62-64 (Aug.â€“Oct.1978), and later hooked up with the Avengers from issues #183-194 (May 1979 – April 1980).
He even had a storyline with the Scarlet Witch in ‘Avengers Disassembled’, where she restored his criminal personality. Incidentally, she’ll be bewitching audiences in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and Anthony Mackie would like Falcon to join her.
“I think if the Falcon is added to The Avengersâ€™ world, Iâ€™m looking for the opportunity to take down Iron Man, so Iâ€™ll be the only flying Avenger,” he says. “Thor doesnâ€™t count. The hammer flies. He doesnâ€™t fly!”
In The Winter SoldierÂ at least, The Falcon will be regaining his rightful place by Steve Rogers’ side. Co-director Joe Russo says that Cap needs him now more than ever: “The Captain is looking for a friend in the modern world. He lost everyone and everything that he knew, and Falcon could be that guy.”
Captain America: The Winter SoldierÂ is due in cinemas 4 April 2014. Buy the first film asÂ triple-play DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy for ÂŁ17.99Â from Amazon.co.uk.