They’re also 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!” says Markus... "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.

Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of Captain America: The First Avenger, discussing their options for an expected, eventual sequel to that movie.

So comic book enthusiasts will have to help me out on this one. Wikipedia says Stan Lee introduced Falcon in Captain America #117 (September 1969),calling him the first African American superhero.

His superhero abilities: Empathic link with pet falcon, ability to see through the eyes of nearby birds, flight, skilled martial artist and gymnast.

As noted in the block-quote, he's Captain America's sidekick.

Obviously, none of this means much until words are actually on paper, and the ideas the screenwriters mention above are no longer just options, but definite.

You can read the full interview with NBC Miami's Popcorn Biz site HERE.

Thanks Hasani for the link.