When Anthony Mackie was cast in the role of Captain America’s modern day partner, the Falcon, fans were excited to see this character brought to life on the big screen. Mackie recently talked about Captain America: The Winter Soldierand his role with EW.
It’s a cool story and brings in some amazing characters and the Falcon is one of the things that fans are already excited about.
It’s a movie that has kind of turned into a bigger-than-life opportunity for me. I’ve had these little milestones along the way and now to play a superhero and to work with people like Robert Redford, Sam Jackson, and Chris? It’s just turned into this amazing moment.
Mackie stressed that the Falcon didn’t wake up with or get bitten by some radioactive insect or other accidental method like so many other heroes:
He’s a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader, he’s not some guy that fell into this.
The Falcon’s personal code and character are another defining part of the role.
The most important thing I got from everybody at Marvel about the Falcon was the need to show that he’s a very righteous, man-forward kind of guy. He would do anything to protect the man next to him and to protect his country. That’s the integrity of the character and the integrity of the man and that that’s what I have focused on.
The biggest thing for me, the most exciting thing for me, is to come out on Halloween and see all the little black kids dressed up like the Falcon. There are so many parts of our society that are not catered to or represented fully and this will give a new generation of our society someone to look up to and identify with. That’s why I am so intensely focused on bringing the character to life in a special way.
I find myself liking what Mackie has to say about the character and Mackie’s own feelings about the Falcon and the Falcon’s importance in the Marvel Universe. As a huge Captain America fan, I’m really looking forward to this movie and the new characters.
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If you live in Cleveland, and you heard what you thought was the sound of gun fire and explosions today, don’t worry, it wasn’t an attack, at least not if you’re name is The Falcon or Black Widow. Yes, they were filming a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the Memorial Shoreway overpass at West 3rd St. in Cleveland, and Cleveland.com (via Comic Book Movie) got some pictures of the shoot.
There’s a full photo gallery below, but what is it that they were filming? Excellent question, and Comic Book Movie did a nice little breakdown that may offer some slight spoilers, so read on at your own mitigated risk:
As you’ve seen in photos earlier today, the Winter Soldier is riding on top of a vehicle and in this vehicle are what appeared to be his personal armed posse. After the vehicle stops the minions get out with machine guns poised to fire and the Winter Soldier gets off the hood of the vehicle.
The Winter Soldier is carrying a grenade launcher and raises is at a vehicle that had both the doubles for the Black Widow and Falcon (or Sam Wilson, whichever way he is called in this film). He let’s off a blast. His fellows-in-arms open fire as well. Sadly, the photo taken of the Winter Soldier with the launcher was obscured and blurry.
Our heroes take cover from the blast and gunshots and it appeared they were preparing themselves for some hand-to-hand fighting versus the Winter Soldier and his armed buddies. Winter Soldier and his posse versus the Black Widow and Falcon?!
Well that didn’t take long. It seems that Robert Redford may have let slip a bit of serious spoilage in regards to his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Poor guy. It’s worth noting that Redford doesn’t have a lot of experience on these big studio tentpoles in the age of internet journalism, so he didn’t know what he was in for. I mean, everyone knows that Butch and Sundance died in a shootout with the Bolivian military, right? RIGHT?!
We’ll get to Redford in a minute. In other Winter Soldier news, new cast member Anthony Mackie, AKA: Sam Wilson, AKA: The Falcon, talked about the size of role his character will play in the sequel. While talking to The Times-Picayune, Mackie said that he’s in about 60 per cent of the movie by his reckoning, but more than that, this thing is going to be so loaded with so many superheroes and super-stars, it’s going to feel like a sequel to another Marvel movie.
“Sam’s very involved. I’m in about 60 percent of the movie,” Mackie said. “Captain America, the Black Widow and The Falcon take down the Winter Solider together, and they solve the crime at hand and take down the Winter Soldier. So this movie, if you look at the cast, with everybody in (the fictional crime-fighting group) S.H.I.E.L.D. and (co-stars Robert) Redford and Sam Jackson and everybody who’s in the movie, it’s kind of turning into ‘The Avengers Part 2‘ because the cast is so big.”
Well, he just set the bar sky high.
As for Redford, he got caught spoiling by The Straits Time (then repeated by Here Be Geeks) with a potentially major reveal regarding his character Alexander Pierce, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. “I like the idea of playing a villain,” he said. “I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”
Fair enough, but was Redford speaking generally, or will Pierce turn out to be a double agent, perhaps even playing key Winter Soldier antagonist Soviet General Aleksander Lukin, who, unless I’m mistaken, hasn’t been cast (or had his casting announced) yet.
Well, we saw some early concept art for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing off how Anthony Mackie will look as The Falcon. Yes, they ditched the red and white disco duds for black combat gear… wimps. Want to see how he’ll look in the reals? Well some set photos just hit the net showing of Falcon’s new look, granted he seems to be missing something. Check them out after the jump. (more…)
The Mighty-Marvel-Movie-Machine keeps clanking on, churning out movies that warm the hearts of comic book fan boys and girls everywhere. The Captain America sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldierwill not only bring back the star spangled avenger, but also introduce us to one of the good captain’s most beloved sidekicks, the high flying Falcon.
Anthony Mackie landed the Falcon role and has until now been pretty tight lipped about the whole production. The reason behind that reluctance to talk is summed up by Mackie:
“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.’
Don’t get me wrong, Mackie isn’t handing out script copies or anything, but at least he is talking now about the character.
“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”
Mackie isn’t just relying on the script for his character preparation, he’s gone back to the original source material for 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.”
There are still a lot of questions hanging out there, will there be a Redwing (The Falcon’s feathered sidekick), will the red suit make an appearance or will the Ulitimate Falcon outfit prevail as most are speculating. Mackie is happy to confirm that filming for Captain America: The Winter Soldierbegins on April 1. We’ll keep our eyes and ears out for any new information and bring it to you here.
Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers/Captain America with newcomer Frank Grillo taking on the role of Crossbones. Fan favorites, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Cobie Smulders will also be appearing, not to mention Sebastian Stan returns as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldierhits theater screens April 4th, 2014.
Film starts rolling on Captain America: The Winter Soldier next March under the direction of Anthony and Joe Russo, and it seems that no one is looking forward to it more than the Star-Spangled Avenger himself, Chris Evans.
Evans was talking to MTV, and amongst some kind words for future Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan (“He’s such a great guy”), and his admiration for actor Anthony Mackie and the casting coup in getting him signed as The Falcon ( “He’s so great, I’ve known Mackie for a few years now. I’m really happy we got him. We got lucky”), Evans talked about how the series was going to go this way from the beginning:
There were always hints at that. The best thing about [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige is he’s a fan. He’s not just a businessman, he’s a rabid comic book fan. Even during the first Captain America, well before The Avengers, there were whispers of [Winter Soldier] being the sequel. So I’m excited to tackle that.
You can get the whole story from the mouth of Evans himself in the embedded video below:
The Continuing Adventures of – Superhero Auditions!
College Humor is back with some additional footage of the Superhero Auditions Callbacks. This video has everything you NerdBastards were hoping for, Wonder Twin Make-out Session. Don’t deny it you sick NerdBastards, you know that was what you were hoping to see. It might not be Luke and Leia, but you can get your collective NerdGasam out of the way.