The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Anthony Mackie, last seen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is currently in talks to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Solider. While it has yet to be confirmed which role he’ll potentially portray, it is believed that he’ll be the Captain’s occasional partner, Falcon, aka Sam “Snap” Wilson.
Wilson’s two powers – telepathically communicating with birds and flight – were both given to him by other characters in the Marvel Universe. During Wilson’s time as a baddie, the Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to give him his telepathic ability hoping he’d join him in his fight against Captain America; after he changed from “Snap” to The Falcon, the Black Panther gave him tech that granted him the power of flight.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is expected to follow the plotline of the Ed Brubaker comic of the same name. The Falcon is a major player in that story arc, so Mackie donning the costume makes since.
As reported this weekend during Comic-Con, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will release on April 4, 2014.