By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Jul 17, 2012 05:30 PM EDT
After the success of "The Avengers" and the response to the Marvel Comics panel at Comic Con, the movie studio has begun casting for its latest project "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" star Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to star alongside lead Chris Evans who plays the title role in the sequel.
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If he is confirmed to star in the highly-anticipated film, Mackie will portray the Falcon, one of mainstream comics' first black superheroes.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced the title for the Captain America sequel at Comic Con. When asked about the possibility of Falcon appearing in the "Captain America" sequel by Huffington Post, Feige replied "That was a fun era."
"It is interesting that you ask that question. And I'm not going to give you an answer. But I will give you kudos for pointing that out and recognizing that [Captain America had a sidekick]," he added according to their article.
According to several reports, the subtitle suggests a comic book storyline that resurrected Captain America's sidekick "Bucky" as a brainwashed super-assassin also known as the "Winter Solider."
The character, Sam Wilson, is Harlem-based and had many street adventures with Captain America in the 1970s comics, when he served as his partner. He derives his powers from a suit that allows him to fly and enhances his strength. He can also telepathically talk to birds. In current comics, Falcon is a key player in many of Cap's espionage adventures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mackie achieved critical acclaim for his roles in "The Adjustment Bureau" and the Oscar-nominated film "The Hurt Locker." Mackie plays a sidekick to Abraham Lincoln in the recently released "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Mackie's next film is crime movie "Gangster Squad" coming out this fall.
The 33-year-old recently completed shooting Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain" and is shooting "Runner, Runner" with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The film will be released April 4, 2014.
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