Anthony Mackie Cast in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
07.16.12 by Ryan
Now that we know the Captain America sequel is called Captain America: The Winter Soldier following Marvel Studios' Comic-Con announcement, the studio has revealed its first casting, and the fans of the comic book are likely going to be very happy about it.
THR reports that Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in negotiations to join the sequel as Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, though Marvel has yet to confirm if that will indeed be Mackie's role. A longtime friend of Captain America and an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Falcon was Marvel's first African-American superhero and was Captain America's partner throughout most of comic book continuity of the 1970s. While the Falcon can telepathically communicate with birds, his costume also gives him the ability to fly.
While we await Marvel's confirmation, there have been several hints that the Falcon might appear in the sequel already. Last August, The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus revealed that they would like to include other Captain America characters such as the Falcon and Sharon Carter, Cap's (Chris Evans) love interest in the comics and a relative of his War-time girlfriend Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell in last year's Captain America: The First Avenger. Both the Falcon and Sharon Carter were featured in the "Winter Soldier" storyline from 2005 written by comic book writer Ed Brubaker, which saw Cap's World War II partner James "Bucky" Buchanan (played by Sebastian Stan in First Avenger) resurrected as the ruthless assassin, the Winter soldier.
If the sequel's title is any guide, it would appear that Brubaker's story will be used for the sequel, which also featured the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Cosmic Cube, also a centerpiece of The First Avenger and this year's The Avengers. The cube was brought back to Asgard at the end of The Avengers, so how it will be used in Captain America: The Winter Solider, or if it will be used, remains to be seen.