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Anthony Mackie In Talks To Play Falcon In 'Captain America' Sequel

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 16, 2012 4:29 PM
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Speaking of black superheroes...

You may recall that last August (2011), Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of Captain America: The First Avenger, revealed what their hopes were for the sequel to that movie, stating that they were intrigued by the chance to explore some of the latter-day additions to the Captain America mythos, like his sidekick The Falcon, one of comics’ first black superheroes.

“I want both of them... Falcon is awesome. We can't play with time so much to have Cap go back to Harlem in the '70's and clean up the streets, but it would be awesome to go straight up, like, 'Shaft' with Cap and the Falcon.”

So said Markus in an interview with  with NBC Miami's Popcorn Biz program.

Comic book enthusiasts will have to chime in with their thoughts on this; Wikipedia says Stan Lee introduced Falcon in Captain America #117 (September 1969),calling him "the first African American superhero."

The character, Sam Wilson, is Harlem-based and had many street adventures with Cap in the 1970s comics, when he served as his partner. In current comics, Falcon is a key player in many of Cap's espionage adventures.

His superhero abilities include: an empathic link with his pet falcon, has the ability to see through the eyes of nearby birds, can fly, is skilled in martial artist, and is a gymnast.

Fast-forward to today, announced this afternoon, Anthony Mackie is said to be in negotiations to star as Falcon, alongside Chris Evans in the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, which is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. (recall that F. Gary Gray was once in the mix to helm the film, but dropped out of contention to focus on the NWA biopic).

No plot details yet, but, as revealed at Comic-Con over the weekend, Marvel already has a title for the sequel (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and has set a release date of April 4, 2014

So, yeah... he's Captain America's sidekick. Back to your Black Panther and Luke Cage dreams...

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  • Nadell | July 17, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    Marrese Crump should be considered. He is a trained martial artist and actor.
    Mackie as a superhero....not believeable.

  • ALM | July 16, 2012 11:32 PMReply

    Do all the African American Marvel heroes come from Harlem? No powerful cocoa beings from Chicago or Atlanta or Detroit? O__O

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 16, 2012 8:01 PMReply

    The first Captain America movie was Charles Barkley -- turr'ble. Falcon, huh? As long as there are no jokes about fried chicken, *judge's voice* I'll allow it. And is it me or is Anthony Mackie being "groomed" by Hollywood to become the next Morgan Freeman? It's like Hal Jordan getting the ring from Abin Sur.

  • T'Challa | July 16, 2012 6:42 PMReply

    Sorry but Falcon is kinda corny... the "Birdman" smh..

  • Ghost | July 16, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    BTW another black hero is slated to return as well...Static returns in Young Justice Season 3. We just don't know what date yet.

  • Darkan | July 16, 2012 4:49 PMReply

    NOOOOO!!! Hollywood, give the role to an unknown who will work hard for the role and do an amazing job like this brother here:

  • THE BLACK POLICE | July 16, 2012 4:47 PMReply

    Does Omari Hardwick even audition for mainstream movies?

  • Akimbo | July 17, 2012 11:13 AM

    I ain't messing with your boy! You keep bringing him up and I'm trying to understand! Jason George is a TV name who will always work & have series regular roles, but I don't know if he'll ever blow up. He's a good (not great from anything I've seen, though maybe he's never had the right role to showcase his range) actor but incredibly charming and likable.

  • the black police | July 17, 2012 1:49 AM

    Leave Omari alone. LOL. I dont know what your problem is with him. Jason George looks great! How is his acting? Why isnt he a household name?

  • Akimbo | July 16, 2012 6:44 PM

    Chris is definitely not a powerhouse and I don't consider myself a fan, but he's more interesting/likable than Omari to me. So are Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Jason George, Boris Kodjoe, and bucketloads of other actors of all ethnicities and levels of attractiveness. Even Monsieur Baby Wipes, Terrence Howard is more charming and interesting to watch. I just don't get it yet; maybe I never will.

  • the black police | July 16, 2012 6:18 PM

    Omari is a good actor. I think he does well. Maybe no award winning performance (and corresponding role) yet. He is also good-looking and that matters. I'm not sure Chris Evans (Captain America) is some phenomenal actor.

  • Akimbo | July 16, 2012 5:52 PM

    Do you actually think Omari is that good an actor or are you just warm for his form? To me, he's capable, but kind of dull; never impressed, excited, or moved me.

  • Donella | July 16, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    LOL. I just asked about Falcon (one of my favorites) in another thread and here you go. Tambay, get out of my head! Thanks for the update.

  • Josh | July 16, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    Can I call it or what? They will probably use the Ultimate version of Falcon that drops the "talk to birds" angle and gives him kinda Christopher Nolan-esque "functional/relaistic" artificial wings.

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