Actor Anthony Mackie will play Cap's partner Falcon in the forthcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Hollywood Reporter says the Hurt Locker and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter actor is currently in negotiations with Marvel Studios to play Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, a social worker-turned-costumed crime fighter in Harlem.
Falcon was the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics. In the original Marvel Comics, Falcon became an Avenger; in the Ultimates universe, he is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Falcon will be making his live-action, big screen debut with the Cap sequel, which will be directed by the Russo brothers. Falcon's inclusion in the sequel isn't a complete surprise as speculation has suggested he would be after Marvel revealed he's in the lineup of their upcoming Avengers Assemble animated TV series.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.