We just heard from Chris Evans who recently spoke about Anthony Mackie playing Falcon in Captain America 2, "The Winter Soldier," and now Mackie comments as well.
"I'm playing the Falcon," Anthony Mackie tells Newsday. "He's this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers. He's the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I've done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That's a huge honor for me."
In the Marvel Comics, Sam Wilson became the Falcon after crashing on an island and getting his powers from the Cosmic Cube via the Red Skull who erases Wilson's memories of his criminal past. Eventually Wilson meets up with Captain America on the island where they come up with the idea of the Falcon super hero and go on to overthrow the Red Skull.
However, if we look to the Marvel Ultimate Comics version of Falcon, which the Marvel Studios movies more resemble, Sam Wilson is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury with high-tech wings controlled through the use of nanotechnology.
Obviously it remains to be seen which version of the story Marvel Studios will go with, because as we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger, the cosmic cube played a role. Maybe some kind of combination of both?
The Russo Bros. are directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier which has an April 4th, 2014 release date and stars Chris Evans.
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