Not much is known about the role The Falcon will play in Marvel's upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie plays the character, and in a recent interview with AICN the actor opens up about the role, and talks more about it than he's ever talked about it before! He starts off by talking about his wings...
I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.
Mackie went on to talk about researching the character to prep up for playing the part,
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 of 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, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.
He's then asked if his character in the movie would include his pet falcon Redwing to which he replied,
Man, I told you I can’t talk…[laughs] This is the first job I got asked to do first, and you’re trying to get me fired first. I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Of course Mackie isn't going to say anything revealing because he would like to keep his job, but I believe that Redwing will be in the film.
This is what I learned about franchises. They can always cast somebody else and say, “Well that last person died,” or just not address it. You see the second movie, and the guy is a different guy than the first, and they're like, “Yep, same dude to me.” "I am very happy to be here." [said in Eddie Murphy's COMING TO AMERICA voice.]
Mackie went on to confirm that the film starts shooting on April 1st, and I'm excited to see how it turns out. I loved the first movie, and I'm sure the sequel will end up being even better.
Chris Evans will be reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Frank Grillo will play Crossbones. Samuel L. Jackson will be back as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier.
The movie is set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and is set to hit theaters on April 4th, 2014.