It was announced several months ago that Anthony Mackie would be joining Captain America: The Winter Soldier as The Falcon. Since then, we’ve not heard much from Mackie… that is until Ain’t It Cool News managed to catch up with him recently.
Find out what was said after the break.
When asked about his character’s powers:
“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”
Mackie discussed researching the character:
“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, but it’s not the exact storyline of the comic book.”
Mackie was asked about other issues, such as whether Redwing, the character’s pet falcon, will feature in the film, but he wasn’t giving any further information away just yet. He did, however, confirm that shooting for Captain America: The Winter Soldier will commence on April 1st.
Chris Evans will be returning as Steve Rogers/Captain America, with Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill. As well as Mackie, there’s also the new addition of Frank Grillo as the villainous Crossbones.
Then there’s the small part of the Winter Soldier, played by the returning Sebastian Stan, who played Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger. The more eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that Bucky fell to his death in the first film after he was knocked out of a train and over a cliff due to an explosion. In the comics, Bucky is killed during World War II and stayed that way for a long, long time. As you should know by now, nobody stays dead in the world of comics –- Bucky waited until 2005 to make his reappearance, now known as the Winter Solider.
His story is, similar to Captain America, presumed dead, he was actually frozen in time. Whereas Cap was found decades later, Bucky was found shortly after initially thought dead. The main difference is that Bucky was found, sans arm, by Russian forces and had suffered brain damage and amnesia as a result of the accident. The Russians nursed him back to health, fit him with a bionic arm, used him as an assassin and renamed him the Winter Soldier. He was frozen between missions, meaning he has barely aged since World War II, much akin to Captain America. Predictably, Cap and the Winter Soldier end up going head to head, with Cap having to fight his former best friend.
Talk also still persists of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye making an appearance at some point.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is slated for a April 4th, 2014, release.