Since I’ve recently heard that ‘The Falcon’ might be making an appearance in the Captain America movie, I thought I would provide some background information on the character from Marvel Comics…
Sam grew up in a tough Harlem neighborhood. His father, a minister, had been killed trying to stop a fight. Sam did his best to try and do the right thing, but when his mother was killed by a mugger two years later, Sam’s grief and anger consumed him. His grief and anger consumed his personality, eventually led him down a criminal path. The once-respected community volunteer took on the name of "Snap" Wilson, becoming a racketeer while working for the mob.
After an assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Sam’s plane crashed in a remote Caribbean island where the Red Skull and his henchmen, the Exiles, were hiding out. The Red Skull sought to use Wilson as a pawn against Captain America, who was currently on the island searching for the villain. The Skull reasoned that Wilson’s idealism would appeal to the Captain enough to become his crimefighting partner. Then, at some later date, the Skull could use Wilson against his enemy. He used a Cosmic Cube to revert "Snap" into Sam and give Sam the ability to telepathically communicate with birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named Redwing. Sam helped Captain America defeat the Skull and did indeed become his partner as the Falcon.
UPDATE: Sebastian Stan is confirmed to return as Bucky in the film.
For Marvel fans, the last few days have been head-spinning. New titles for the Thor and Captain America sequels, the official announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man test footage, Iron Man 3 details including Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, the list goes on and on. They’re now adding to the madness as Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Captain America: The Winter Solider, possibly playing a superhero named Falcon. Read more after the jump.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Mackie’s likely involvement in the film, which is scheduled for a April 4, 2014 release.
The newly revealed title all but confirms that Bucky (Sebastian Stan), will return as The Winter Solider. He’s Russia’s answer to Captain America, a super soldier brainwashed by the Russians when he’s discovered all but dead. Somehow, one would image Captain America would learn of this person in some post-Avengers way and have a battle with his former friend.
Falcon, the character Mackie is believed to be up for though Marvel wouldn’t comment, is a New York based, African American superhero named Sam Wilson. In the comics, he’s regularly teamed up with Cap, and even flirted with joining The Avengers. The character has also had story lines dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D, the Cosmic Cube and even played a key role in comic book storyline that saw Bucky become the new Captain America. With this character now in the mix, there are a ton of different directions that not only this film can go, but Avengers 2 and a third Captain America film as well.
How do you think Falcon will fit into Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Is Mackie the right man for the job?
“The legacy of his artistic storytelling and abilities played a key role in cementing the enduring popularity of characters like Daredevil, Iron Man, Howard the Duck, Blade and Dr. Strange, and garnered him praise and fans the world over,” columnist George Khoury said in an obituary on Comic Book Resources this morning.
In lieu of flowers, Colan’s friend Clifford Meth is asking folks to contribute to a scholarship being set up in Colan’s name for The Kubert School. Details on how to donate can be found on Meth’s blog.
Fellow creators, fans and friends of Gene Colan are sharing memories. Here are a few; as always, click through to see the entirety of what they have to say about one of comics’ legendary artists:
Clifford Meth: “I knew this day would come but it came too quickly. It’s been a rare pleasure working with Gene. He knew who he was—how valuable his contributions to the world of comic art have been—how prized it remains by so many. Yet he never felt less than grateful to anyone who’d even read a single panel that he’d drawn. Until he was too weak to hold a pencil, he put his whole kishkes into everything he drew—whether it was a $5000 commission or a small drawing for someone’s child. And he was never satisfied with his artwork but always eager to learn a little more, do a little better, try something new. At 84.”
Mark Evanier: “Gene was so much a part of comics as long as I’ve read comics. He was the kind of artist who rarely drew less than two comics a month (sometimes, three) and I think a lot of people took him for granted. If he had drawn a handful of comics as fine as what he did in the sixties and seventies and then gotten out, readers would still be haunting their comic shops, praying for his return. I also enjoyed his friendship…and I have to tell you that the one time he drew a script of mine was one of those moments when I would have paid the company for the honor. I received Xeroxes of his pencilled pages — so much more wonderful, of course, than the printed product — and I just grinned for days…because I’d just written a comic drawn by Gene Colan. He always made everything look so damned good.”