Wait, did Winter Soldier's Falcon just confirm he'll be back for more Marvel movies?

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Feb 13, 2014, 6:53 PM EST (Updated)

Marvel is introducing a classic Captain America protege in Winter Soldier, and it sounds like the new addition could be sticking around for a while.

Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson (aka the Falcon) in the Captain America sequel, opened up about his character in a recent interview with Total Film magazine. Not surprisingly, Mackie notes that it was kind of hard to interact with the rest of the cast on-screen when he was wings strapped to his back and a bunch of wire-fu equipment. He also seemingly confirmed that Falcon will be definitely be back for future Marvel movies. Hmm.

While talking about how his costume will evolve, Mackie revealed that we'll see more of an Ultimate-style Falcon in future films, as opposed to the military-style design when he is first introduced in Winter Soldier. So apparently Mackie is at least somewhat aware of his next appearance, meaning he’ll be back again soon-ish. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, perhaps? Or maybe another Captain America sequel?

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“It’s 10 times tougher performing with wings. I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m the only dude that’s on strings? Everybody else gets to walk around or drive cars and I gotta fly?’ When we had our first conversation about the movie, my biggest statement to the Russos was, ‘You better not make me look like an idiot.’ That was my greatest fear. Even though I wanted to wear red spandex, I was hugely afraid of looking like a pigeon! As the Falcon aged [in the comics] and grew up, his uniform grew up.

The uniform we have now is the uniform of an adult… The Ultimate look gives him a sense of purpose and makes him look like a badass. The wings can look funny at times, so you have to do something to combat that – at no point in time do you want him to show up on film and have people laugh. That’s what we’ve been able to find, between the tactical suit and the Ultimate suit. As the franchise goes on and you see more of me and Captain America, the suit will evolve into the Ultimate look, the hard-leather black look. The suit that he has in this movie is more of a military suit because it’s the first time you see it.” 

Though we haven’t gotten to see much of Mackie up to this point, all signs point to him becoming a close friend and partner for Cap (Chris Evans), so it makes sense that he’ll be back again in some capacity. Are you glad to hear we’ll apparently get to watch Falcon evolve over a few more films?

(Via Comic Book Movie)