Those with comic book reading experience can tell you that Marvel’s recent announcement that Captain America 2 will be released under the title Captain America: The Winter Soldier points to the fact that the bulk of the film will be concerning a Russian secret agent who has ties to Cap’s World War II past. And yet, a new report coming out of THR seems to prove that secret Cold War projects aren’t the only ground this sequel is going to be covering. According to the trade, the prolific and under-appreciated Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Gangster Squad) is currently in negotiations to join directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s film as the character of Sam “Snap” Wilson, A.K.A. The Falcon. This is noteworthy news because – holy crap – the Falcon is going to be in a movie!
For those that need a little background, the Falcon – who debuted in Marvel Comics in 1969 as their first African-American superhero – is best known as being an associate of Captain America, but he’s also an accomplished hero and a card-carrying Avenger in his own right. Growing up in a tough part of Harlem, Sam Wilson watched both of his parents’ lives get claimed by street crime as he was growing up. He tried to fight back against said violence by being a community volunteer early in his life, but eventually his anger over his upbringing allowed the all consuming criminal culture to corrupt his soul, and he briefly took a job working for the mob. This is how he had a run-in with the Red Skull, who imbued him with the power of being able to telepathically talk to birds (the Falcon’s awesome and ever-present pet bird is named Redwing) and gave him the task of getting close to Captain America as a prospective superhero and then turning on him.
Unfortunately for the Skull, Wilson manages to let go of his anger, denounce his wayward ways, and become Captain America’s crime-fighting partner for real. One gift of a technologically advanced flight harness from the Black Panther later and the Falcon started a high-flying superhero career that we’ve now been following for decades. How much of this origin story is going to play out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is anyone’s guess, but the important thing to remember is – holy crap – the Falcon is going to be in a movie!