According to the Hollywood Reporter, the first African American super hero from Marvel will NOT be The Black Panther as it was widely speculated, it will be The Falcon. And according to their report, it looks like actor Anthony Mackie has nailed the part.
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Marvel is not resting on its laurels after its victory lap at Comic-Con, moving ahead on casting its latest movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to star alongside Chris Evans in the sequel to Captain America: First Avenger, which is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.
The film will be released on April 4, 2014.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but the subtitle reflects a respected storyline from the 2000s that returned Captain America’s sidekick Bucky from death as a brain-washed super assassin known as the Winter Solider.
While Marvel would not comment nor divulge charater details, it is believed that Mackie will portray the Falcon, one of mainstream comics’ first black superheroes and perhaps its first American one.
The character, Sam Wilson, was Harlem-based and had many street adventures with Cap in the 1970s comics when he served as his partner. He derives his powers from a suit which allows him to fly and enhances his strength. He can also telepathically talk to birds. In current comics, Falcon is a key player in many of Cap’s espionage adventures.
Mackie is currently on the big screen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He has Warner Bros.’ all-star crime movie Gangster Squad coming out this fall, recently completed shooting Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and is now shooting Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
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