The character was first introduced in 1969, and is one of the first African-American superheroes. Marvel's Black Panther debuted before Falcon, although he hailed from the fictional African country of Wakanda. His power comes from a suit that gives him super strength and allows him to fly, along with the telepathic ability to communicate with birds. The new title also hints that Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes will be brought back to life as The Winter Soldier.
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are directing the sequel, from a screenplay by Captain America: The First Avenger writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Shooting will commence after production wraps on Thor: The Dark World later this year.
Anthony Mackie can currently be seen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He also stars in Gangster Squad and Pain and Gain.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.