Anthony Mackie is the Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

The Hurt Locker star will play Marvel's first African-American superhero in the upcoming sequel.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Well that didn't take long. Just two days after Marvel Studios announced the title of its Captain America sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reports are arriving that one of the film's leading roles is already being cast. The Falcon, Captain America's frequent partner and the first African-American superhero in Marvel Comics history, might very well be played by Anthony Mackie, who is currently in talks for the role according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Falcon's real name (or as real as you can get, in fiction at any rate) is Sam Wilson, a superhero who wears a harness allowing him to fly. The character is closely associated with Captain America, even taking up the World War II hero's mantle after Steve Roger briefly quit the job. A member of The Avengers, he once quit because he was offended at being the team's token black member. Curiously enough, The Falcon is the first black superhero who didn't have the word "black" in his name.

Anthony Mackie has been catching a lot of eyes in the industry after memorable supporting roles in the Oscar-winning movies Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker. He's recently started receiving larger roles in mainstream studio fare like Man on a Ledge and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but playing a major superhero in the Marvel Studios franchise would be his highest profile role to date. Personally, we think he'd be well cast.

Joe and Anthony Russo's recently-titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier is also expected to mark the return of Sebastian Stan, The First Avenger's Bucky Barnes, in the second title role, although there has not been any confirmation of his casting yet.

CraveOnline will be back with more Captain America: The Winter Soldier news after we ruffle your feathers.