Anthony Mackie Talks About Playing The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), who will be playing the Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has revealed a few scant details about his involvement in the Marvel sequel to Ain’t It Cool News.

“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier,” he says. But he’s not revealing much more because, he says, he knows how replaceable actors can be in films series like these.

“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,’” he says, declining to reveal whether the Falcon’s pet falcon, Redwing, will also be making an appearance.

On his preparation for the role he says, “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.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community) starts filming on 1 April and is due for release in the UK on 4 April 2014.

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