A new rumor claims that Justice League actor Carl Lumbly, who voiced Martian Manhunter in the well-loved animated series and its sequel Justice League Unlimited, could play a black Captain America in the upcoming The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Disney Plus series.
Lumbly recently played M’yrnn J’onzz on The CW’s Supergirl. He also played Dick Hallorann in Doctor Sleep. Back in the 90s he played Dr. Miles Hawkins in M.A.N.T.I.S. He also played Uncle S’Yan in the Black Panther TV mini-series in 2010.
Deadline reports Lumbly has been cast in an unnamed role, but speculate he could be playing Isaiah Bradley. Deadline’s Geoff Boucher writes, “Lumbly’s role has not been disclosed but Marvel fans will immediately pounce on the possibility that the veteran actor could be playing Isaiah Bradley, aka the “black Captain America.”
Bradley was created by Robert Morales and Kyler Baker and first appeared in Truth: Red, White & Black #1 in January 2003.
He was part of a World War II Super Soldier program that performed human experiments on black Americans, which ended up killing many of them. Bradley would survive, despite the United States government informing his pregnant wife that he had been killed.
He would be sent on a single-man suicide mission behind enemy lines. That mission would take him to a Nazi concentration camp where the German soldiers were performing experiments on their prisoners. Experiments that were an attempt to duplicate the American Super Soldier Program. Bradley would fulfill the mission, but would eventually be cornered in a gas chamber.
After being captured by the Nazis, Adolf Hitler attempted to recruit Bradley to his side. He would refuse and eventually escape. He would return to America, but would be treated as a traitor. He would serve 17 years in solitary confinement at Leavenworth.
However, he would eventually be pardoned by President Eisenhower and released. Steve Rogers would eventually track Bradley down and return his Captain America outfit to him. The effects of the Super Soldier serum on him also appear to have prevented him from aging.
Race Issues in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier writer Derek Kolstad reportedly took over the Discussing Film twitter account back in September 2019 and confirmed that the show would explore reactions a black Captain America.
At the time it was believed they were hinting at Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson becoming Captain America. However, Mackie had indicated at D23 that he would not be playing Captain America. Mackie said, “I’m not Captain America.” He then stated that Sam Wilson would not “want to carry this dumb shield.”
Mackie elaborated in a separate interview, “I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon. The moniker will stay the same.”
In fact, Malcolm Spellman, who is also writing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier teased, “Where you think Endgame obviously ends that target is going move around.”
Given this new casting news, these statements take on a different meaning and could heavily hint that Lumbly is playing Isaiah Bradley. Given Bradley’s comic book origin, it also explains why we haven’t seen him in the MCU yet.
Rumors and Speculation
A recent rumor indicates that Lumbly could be playing Bradley.
User u/Long_Figure posted on the r/MarvelStudioSpoilers subreddit that he believes the Lumbly could be playing Bradley. They write, “Oh, and with the news about the possible Isaiah casting I just want to add that I 100% believe that. It just hasn’t been filmed, so I haven’t seen it.”
They also provided some other details regarding the show. General Thaddeus Ross will not just make a cameo appearance in the show. Ross will play a prominent role in restricting Sam Wilson from being the new Captain America. This is mostly due to Sam’s violations against the Sokovia Accords.
In talking about Zemo, the mastermind villain will have another phrase that will effectively put Bucky out of commission. u/Long_Figure explains, “During what seems like a crucial battle, it appears Zemo discovers one last trigger word- a deactivation code, knocking out Bucky instantly and presumably killing him. We then see Sam pick up the shield for the first time since being confronted by Ross.”
A number of fans believe this word will be “Sputnik” like the comics, and that Bucky won’t die, but will just be knocked out.
What do you make of this new rumor about Lumbly playing Isaiah Bradley?