HOUSTON — Anthony Mackie will join Comicpalooza’s expanding guest lineup as a headliner for Texas’ largest pop culture festival.

Mackie is well known for his parts in Oscar-winning films “The Hurt Locker” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Early in his career he played “Papa Doc,” a rap rival to Eminem’s lead role in the movie “8 Mile.”

Last year, Mackie appeared as “The Falcon” in the third installment of the Captain America franchise “Captain America: Civil War,” reprising his role from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”               

Scott Wilson, whose heartfelt portrayal of Hershel Greene on “The Walking Dead” made him an instant fan favorite will also appear at Comicpalooza. After his departure from the show in 2013, Wilson has been in several series including Netflix’s hit, “The OA.”

Wilson’s legendary career traces back to his first role in the 1967 film “In Cold Blood,” based on the non-fiction novel by famed author Truman Capote. Other notable mentions include in the 1974 rendition of “The Great Gatsby” opposite Robert Redford, as well as “The Ninth Configuration,” in which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. 

“Bringing Anthony Mackie to Houston’s Comicpalooza is enormous for our attendees. Avengers is one of the most successful film franchises born from the comic book world and Mackie’s portrayal of Falcon soars,” said John Simons, founder of Comicpalooza.

Two-time Oscar nominated actress, Mary McDonnell, will also be at Comicpalooza 2017. McDonnell is known for both her large and small screen character portrayals spanning classics including “Battlestar Galactica,” “Independence Day,” “Dances with Wolves,” “Donnie Darko” and “ER.”

In addition, Comicpalooza will host Danielle Panabaker and Candice Patton, stars of the hit CW series “The Flash,” based on the famous DC comic book character.

Panabaker plays both Caitlin Snow, a highly intelligent bioengineer, and the evil, Killer Frost. Panabaker has been featured in other popular television shows including “Shark,” “Bones,” “Mad Men,” “Grimm,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Patton plays Iris West, a local reporter and love interest of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

Patton will make her return to Texas, after being chosen in a national college casting search for a guest storyline on the iconic soap opera, “The Young and The Restless” while attending Southern Methodist University. She has also guest starred in several television series including “One Tree Hill,” “Entourage,” and BET’s hit series, “The Game.”

Comicpalooza, a premier pop culture event, will present more than 2,000 hours of programming spanning from popular trends to obscure topics.

A lineup of leading talent and professionals will be in attendance including Marvel heroes Mike Colter and Finn Jones; “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” stars Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson; No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Lev Grossman; along with many more. Comicpalooza will return to the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 12-14.

For the most-up-to-date information, including special guests, admission prices and schedules, visit www.comicpalooza.com