The other day, Deadline reported that veteran character actor Carl Lumbly (Supergirl, Doctor Sleep) would be taking an undisclosed role in Marvel’s The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. 

They teased fans might suspect he could be playing the black Captain America, Isaiah Bradley and proceeded to give the character’s history. 

The fan-favorite throwback character was introduced in 2003 in the Marvel Comics limited series Truth: Red, White & Black as a super-powered product of clandestine experiments on African-American soldiers. The evocative backstory (depicted with imagery that evoked the infamous, real-world Tuskegee syphilis studies) made Bradley a tragic but noble culture symbol for African-American heroes within the Marvel Universe.

A suggestion they believed the character was coming in the series and were priming readers for that. 

Well, SlashFilm isn’t tip-toeing around that and claim their sources say that Bradley will indeed be introduced in the series but weren’t ready to say that Carl was playing the role. 

According to our sources, the series will be about Falcon initially refusing to take up the mantle of Captain America but ultimately changing his mind after discovering the secret history of the super-soldier program by encountering Bradley, who was actually the “original” Captain America. While we can’t say with 100% certainty that Lumbly is definitely playing Bradley, we know that character is a part of the show, so this casting would make a lot of sense.

Interesting enough, Isaiah is the grandfather of Eli Bradley aka Patriot one of the many members of the Young Avengers.

 We previously suspected that Eli could be part of the series if his grandfather ultimately appears as the sourcing from SlashFilm now suggests. 

Cassie Lang aka Stature, Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel and Hawkeye’s Kate Bishop would all be Young Avengers officially established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Unofficially, there has been chatter that members Wiccan and Speed will be in WandaVision (baby versions were teased in the Super Bowl ad) alongside Kree/Skrull superhero Hulking. American Chavez aka Miss America had been linked recently for a role in Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. 

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier will begin airing on Disney+ starting in August. 

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The series also welcomes the return of Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Daniel Brühl as the villain, Zemo, plus the addition of Wyatt Russell who will be playing John Walker, a character that most comic book fans will recognize. The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer.


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