You want some Falcon? You got it!
Steve Rogers' new pal and partner swoops in and steals the spotlight of the new TV spot for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the third installment in Marvel's Phase Two round of big-screen superhero adventures (following last year's "Iron Man Three" and "Thor: The Dark World") and the second stand-alone adventure of everyone's favorite red, white and blue-clad Avenger.
The spot begins with a scene we've seen before: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in a fine mess as his S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle gets flipped over by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a supervillain capable of grabbing Cap's shield in mid-toss and a formidable threat to national security.
Cap's going to need some help with this one, so in flies S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), aka Falcon, and ... oh wow, he's really, really cool.
"I never said I was a pilot," says Wilson as he spreads his mechanical wings and FLIES AROUND WHILE SHOOTING AT BAD GUYS, swooping and diving and evading missiles as a living, breathing, flying war machine and guaranteeing his place in at least one more big-screen Marvel adventure (maybe "The Avengers: Age of Ultron") as a fan favorite.
Samuel Wilson/Falcon was created by Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan, making his first appearance in "Captain America" #117 (Sept. 1969). He is considered to be mainstream comics' first African-American superhero (Black Panther, introduced in July 1966 in "Fantastic Four" #52, is African (full stop), a native of the fictional country Wakanda).
Sam Wilson was first introduced as a former resident of Harlem who had adopted a wild falcon named Redwing. He journeyed to a tropical island in answering an ad posted by a group of men requesting a hunting falcon ... only to discover that they were the 'Exiles,' ex-Nazis in league with Red Skull (the HYDRA baddie played by Hugo Weaving in the first "Captain America" film).
Wilson escaped but remained on the island to lead the enslaved natives against the Exiles, reinventing himself — at the urging of Steve Rogers — as the Falcon to better inspire the villagers in rising against their oppressors.
It looks like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will be skipping that origin story, though there may be wink-wink references to catch. The film has also predictably altered Falcon's costume to be decidedly more, well, realistic, going for a sleeker mech look versus the feathery get-up of the comics.
He looks awesome. FALCON.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens April 4.