Last year, I expressed my desire to see Isaiah Bradley featured in the Infinity Saga. I argued that Bradley’s inclusion would be a great way to push the series forward and introduce Young Avengers and Wolverine, who we know we’re getting. It looks as though Marvel may be granting my wish in the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series.
Deadline is reporting that M.A.N.T.I.S. and Justice League the animated series alum, himself, Carl Lumbly has been tapped to star in the show. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s speculated that he could portray Isaiah Bradley.
First introduced in the graphic novel, Red, White and Black, the graphic novel told the story of Bradley, oft referred to as the “Black Captain America.” He served in the United States Army during World War II and, drawing parallels to the real-life Tuskegee Syphilis Study, was subjected to testing, along with several hundred other African American Soldiers, in order to recreate the super-soldier serum that created Captain America a year prior.
My excitement for the casting choice stems from the fact that Lumbly was among the first superheroes I saw on television as a kid. The Sam Raimi and Sam Hamm show M.A.N.T.I.S. was short-lived, but definitely had a place in my heart growing up. Lumbly played a fascinating doctor that used science to give himself extraordinary powers, which he used to fight crime. Cliché stuff, especially by today’s standards, but to my young eyes, his flying car, power suit and underwater lair were something to behold.
Assuming the casting is accurate, I think this is a great opportunity to touch on lore that has affected everyone from Deadpool to Wolverine to Captain America himself, and that’s the Weapon Plus program. If Disney+ is where Marvel is going to flesh out some of their nerdier lore and exposition, I’m here for that. In the specific case of the Weapon Plus program, it’s a great opportunity to drop easter eggs as well as inch us ever closer to the inevitable introduction of everyone’s favorite surely canuck.
I can imagine my only disappointment with this development would be if he didn’t have the opportunity to meet Steve Rogers. There was a cost to the serum that flows through his veins and it was paid in blood- lots of it. Seriously, the comic went into some heavy stuff. The comic book counterpart got to see and understand the cost of the legacy he carried. Sam isn’t connected to the super soldier serum in that way, so that aspect of the lore would be lost on him. Either way, I’m excited to see Lumbly take on the role of Bradley.
Lumbly joins Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, and Daniel Bruhl this August on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
What do you think? Are you excited for either Bradley or the Weapon Plus program in Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Drop a note in the comments below.
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