|For other uses, see Captain America (disambiguation)|
- "I just want to make sure we considered all our options. The people that shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me."
- ―Falcon to Captain America
Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson, better known as Falcon, is a former United States Air Force pararescue airman, who left active duty when his wing-man Riley died in combat, instead choosing to help other veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. At this time, Wilson met Captain America and was drawn into his conflict with HYDRA, as Captain America needed help from anyone not associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. as they had been infiltrated by HYDRA. Retaking his title as the Falcon, Wilson had then assisted in destroying all Alexander Pierce's schemes of world domination. Following their victory against Pierce's HYDRA unit, Falcon agreed to assist Captain America in tracking down the Winter Soldier, who was in fact Captain America's close friend who had been brainwashed.
As Falcon continued searching for the Winter Soldier, he was then recruited into the Avengers, since their original team had been disbanded following the defeat of Ultron. During his time with the Avengers, Falcon briefly encountered Ant-Man before assisting in defeating Crossbones. In the aftermath of several battles that had killed civilians, the Avengers were then forced into following the Sokovia Accords, putting them all under the government's full control. However, as the Winter Soldier was blamed for terrorist attacks by Helmut Zemo, Falcon stood by Captain America with protecting the Winter Soldier, which had then caused the Avengers Civil War. In the wake of this clash, Falcon, and several other Avengers who were loyal to Captain America, were defeated by Iron Man, and locked into the Raft, until Captain America freed them as they became fugitives.
While the Avengers were still disbanded, the Earth had come under attack by Thanos and his Black Order, bringing Falcon and his allies out of hiding. Learning that Thanos intended to steal the Mind Stone from Vision, Falcon joined the Avengers in taking Vision to Wakanda for his protection, while they had then tried to keep Thanos' forces back. However, they were eventually defeated as Thanos claimed the Infinity Stones and used them to cause the Snap, killing trillions including Falcon. Eventually, that Snap was undone by the surviving Avengers, as Falcon rejoined their battle against Thanos, as they finally defeated him, at the cost of Tony Stark's life. In the aftermath of the battle, Falcon witnessed Captain America return to the past and live a full life with Peggy Carter, as Captain America then handed his shield, as well as his title, down to Falcon.
Serving Two Tours
- "When I was over there, I'd sleep on the ground, use rock for the pillows, like a caveman. Now I'm home, lying in my bed, and it's like–"
"Lying on a marshmallow. Feel like I'm gonna sink right to the floor."
- ―Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers
Sam Wilson joined the United States Air Force, after qualifying and passing all the requirements for para-rescue, serving two combat tours in the Global War on Terrorism campaign, being sent out to Afghanistan during his service. Assigned onto the 58th Rescue Squadron, Wilson was a test pilot for the EXO-7 Falcon along with his wingman, Riley. During his time serving in the Air Force, Wilson often found that he would be the most comfortable when he was sleeping on the ground, as he used rocks as pillows, since there were few other options.
One of Wilson's missions involved successfully capturing Khalid Khandil in Bakhmala, Afghanistan, being once again teamed up with Riley. However, during another rescue mission, Riley was killed after his EXO-7 Falcon was hit by an RPG and Wilson could do nothing to save him. Having lost his close friend, Wilson had a hard time finding a reason to continue serving and soon left the Air Force and focused his efforts on helping veterans suffering from combat Post-traumatic stress disorder back home.
Meeting Captain America
Surprise Running Companion
- "All right, Sam, duty calls. Thanks for the run. If that's what you wanna call running."
"Oh, that's how it is?"
- ―Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson
Having returned back home from the United States Air Force, Wilson was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the intention of helping the veterans who had been suffering from Posttraumatic stress disorder. While out for his morning jog across Washington, D.C., Wilson soon found his early morning exercise being interrupted by Steve Rogers, who had managed to casually run past Wilson several times, teasing him as he went much to Wilson's annoyance.
With Rogers having run past him multiple times throughout their jog, Wilson had eventually stopped to catch his breath as Rogers came over to rejoin him. Commenting on how fast Rogers had run, Wilson jokingly challenged him to run thirteen more miles, questioning if he could do it in the blink of an eye. Rogers had then questioned what branch of the Air Force Wilson was a part of, as Wilson explained his situation before introducing himself as he got back onto his feet.
As Rogers introduced himself, Wilson had then made it clear that he already knew who he was based upon his incredible running abilities. Wilson had then questioned what it was like for Rogers to have been woken up in 2011 having been living in the 1940s during World War II, to which Rogers only claimed that it was taking some getting used to. Before Rogers could walk away, Wilson had then noted that most other Armed Forces veterans had struggled to get used to sleeping on a comfortable bed upon returning home, which Rogers related to. The pair had then talked about their experiences while serving in the Armed Forces, as well as similarities while serving in a war zone.
Once Wilson asked Rogers about the differences between living now compared to the 1940s, he listened to Rogers explaining why it was not so bad to be living within the modern day, commenting on all the improvements with their food and technology, including the internet. Hearing that Rogers was still trying to catch up on everything that he missed, Wilson then recommended Marvin Gaye for him to listen to, as Rogers added it to his To-Do List of what he had to catch up on.
The conversation was cut short, however, as Rogers was called away on a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission by Natasha Romanoff, but Wilson told him to visit him at the VA some day so he could impress the women who also worked there, while Rogers teased him over his jogging abilities. As Romanoff had arrived to collect Rogers in her car, joking that they would put Rogers in the Smithsonian as an exhibit, Wilson gave her a flirting greeting, before then letting her drive away with Rogers.
Advising Steve Rogers
- "The number of people giving me orders is down to about zero. So, hell yeah. Are you thinking about getting out?"
"No. I don't know. To be honest, I don't know what I would do with myself if I did."
- ―Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers
Wilson attended the group session with Armed Forces veterans who were suffering from PTSD as he helped Garcia who was suffering from visions of IEDs in the roads. Once Garcia had finished her confessions, Wilson spoke to the group about what they kept with them from their experiences with war and what they left behind, using a metaphor of carrying the memories in a bag as he was attempting to help them separate their time in the military from their time being at home, where they were trying to recover.
With their meeting over, Wilson had then met with Steve Rogers who complimented him on his insights to Garcia, having arrived to listen to the last few minutes of Wilson's meeting. Wilson then told Rogers about his time in Afghanistan and how he lost his friend Riley during a mission. Wilson explained that once Riley died he had lost his own passion for serving in the military, but had found a new purpose in his life by helping these veterans readjust to returning their homes.
Rogers told Wilson that he was struggling with the idea of what to do with himself if he was not a soldier, since he was also struggling with the idea of leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. and just living a normal life, to which Wilson jokingly suggested that he could join Ultimate Fighting due to his Super Soldier Serum. However, Wilson got serious once again as he then assured Rogers that he could do whatever he wanted, before questioning what it was that actually made Rogers happy in life.
Helping the Fugitives
- "I can't ask you to do this, Sam. You got out for a good reason."
"Dude, Captain America needs my help. There's no better reason to get back in."
- ―Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson
Having returned to his home after jogging through Washington, D.C., Wilson had then heard a knock at his door and was surprised to find an injured Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff who had come seeking refuge with Wilson, as they claimed that everybody they knew was currently attempting to kill them. Despite having little context to their current situation, Wilson had then offered them both help without a second thought, opening his door for them to come inside.
While they were inside his home, Wilson made the pair breakfast and allowed them to use his shower in order to clean themselves up, as they had been involved in an explosion at Camp Lehigh. Despite his own choice to leave the United States Air Force, Wilson had felt that being called upon by Captain America simply meant he had to return. Having finished making their breakfasts, Wilson came upstairs as he informed Rogers and Romanoff that it was ready if they wanted it.
As the group ate breakfast together, Wilson learned of the full details of Rogers' and Romanoff's current predicament, as he was informed about how S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA for decades, resulting in them being betrayed by Alexander Pierce who had order the assassination of themselves as well as Director Nick Fury. Having learned how dangerous their situation was if Pierce succeeded in his plans with Project Insight, Wilson had then offered his assistance.
Although Rogers was reluctant to accept, Wilson had insisted before then revealing to them that he was part of a military project that used the EXO-7 Falcon, as Romanoff recognised their unit as the one that captured Khalid Khandil in Afghanistan, as Rogers had also noticed a picture of Wilson and Riley. Seeing that Wilson could be beneficial to the mission to capture and question Jasper Sitwell, Rogers accepted his help as they all had agreed to steal the EXO-7 Falcon together.
Kidnapping of Agent Sitwell
- "You're gonna go around the corner to your right. There's a gray car two spaces down. You and I are gonna take a ride."
"And why would I do that?"
"Because that tie looks really expensive, I'd hate to mess it up."
- ―Sam Wilson and Jasper Sitwell
Having retrieved the EXO-7 Falcon from Fort Meade, Wilson traveled with both Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff to find and interrogate Jasper Sitwell. Wilson then called Sitwell on the phone after he had a meeting with Senator Stern and threatened to have him shot if he did not do exactly as instructed; he ordered him to go to the roof of a nearby building to be questioned by Rogers and Romanoff.
During his initial interrogation by Rogers, Sitwell had still denied any knowledge of HYDRA's takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D.. As they grew tired of Sitwell's lies, Romanoff had instead resorted to kicking Sitwell off the building, in order to scare him into finally giving him the answers they needed. As Sitwell fell several stories, Falcon then flew in at the last moment, caught him in mid-air, and brought him back onto the top of the building, dropping him with some force back onto the ground.
As Falcon retracted his wings and rejoined Rogers and Romanoff, he watched as Sitwell confessed, as the fall scared him so much. Falcon had listened while Sitwell revealed how Arnim Zola's algorithm was in fact their plan to locate any potential threats to HYDRA in the future, and that Alexander Pierce had then intended to use Project Insight in order to assassinate anyone, currently listed as the possible threat by the Algorithm the moment the Insight Helicarriers were launched.
Encountering Winter Soldier
- "Go! I got this!"
- ―Sam Wilson to Steve Rogers
Having learned of Alexander Pierce's sinister plans of the world wide massacre, Wilson drove Jasper Sitwell towards the Triskelion, where they planned to use Sitwell's clearances to gain access to, and shut down Project Insight before Pierce could activate it. Sitwell, however, insisted that this concept was a terrible idea but Wilson ordered that he keep quiet while they were driving there and while Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff then continued to discuss the fine details of their new plan.
However, before the group could get to the Triskelion, something had suddenly landed on their roof as a Robotic Arm ripped Sitwell out of the window and into the path of a speeding truck, killing him. As the attacker before shooting into the car, Wilson slammed on the breaks, launching him off the car, as they looked at the Winter Soldier. Before they could react, another vehicle had slammed into the back of them, which drove Wilson and the others towards the Winter Soldier.
With Wilson unable to do anything, the Winter Soldier proceeded to rip the steering wheel out of his hands in an attempt to cause a fatal crash. With the car out of control, Rogers then grabbed Wilson and Romanoff and threw them all out of the car, using his shield as their protection as they hit the road at high speed. As they recovered from the crash, a fight had then erupted in the streets, as Wilson dove for cover while Rogers was knocked off the bridge by a grenade.
Once Romanoff was also thrown off the bridge because of the Winter Soldier's grenade launcher, Wilson had managed to remain hidden as the HYDRA mercenaries then began repelling off the bridge, in order to continue the fight, shooting at Rogers with a mini-gun. Surprising one mercenary, Wilson was able to knock him off the bridge and take his gun, before he had used it to give Rogers covering fire, as he then told Rogers to help keep the Winter Soldier away from Romanoff.
Eventually, Wilson had managed to defeat the unit of HYDRA soldiers from the bridge and then went in search of Rogers and Romanoff on the streets of Washington, D.C., taking his EXO-7 Falcon with him as protection. Before long, Falcon had discovered Rogers battling the Winter Soldier and flew in to assist, coming in just as their battle had briefly paused due to a moment's confusion, as Falcon was then able to kick the Winter Soldier aside just before he could shoot Rogers.
While Falcon had landed on the streets, the Winter Soldier recovered from the assault and had attempted to shoot at Rogers again, once for Romanoff to then shoot a grenade launcher at him which caused him to flee. Before they could get away, however, Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson were then surrounded and captured by some of HYDRA's infiltrators within S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Brock Rumlow. As Wilson was pinned against the car at gunpoint, he had his Exo-7 Falcon removed while Rumlow and Jack Rollins had then captured Rogers, as they all were put in the back of a van to be executed later, with Romanoff still bleeding heavily from being shot at by the Winter Soldier earlier.
Meeting Nick Fury
Under the watchful eyes of HYDRA's soldiers, Wilson and the others were taken away towards a secret location where Brock Rumlow had intended to have them all executed. During their journey, Steve Rogers explained that the Winter Soldier was in fact his friend Bucky Barnes, who seemingly died in World War II. As Wilson had then questioned how this could be possible, Rogers explained that Arnim Zola had experimented on Barnes which had helped him to survive.
As they drove along, Wilson had noticed that Natasha Romanoff was currently losing a lot of blood from her gun shot wound and needed a doctor before she could bleed out. However, much to Wilson's great surprise, the guard then used a Taser Rod to attack their other guard and knocked him unconscious, before she had then revealed herself to really be Maria Hill. While Hill had questioned who Wilson was, she then used the Mouse Hole to escape before Rumlow even noticed.
Having gotten away from their HYDRA kidnappers, Hill then brought them inside the S.H.I.E.L.D. Dam Facility where Romanoff finally got some medical attention from Doctor Fine. While Romanoff's gunshot wounds were being treated, Hill had then revealed to Wilson and the others that Director Nick Fury was also there, still recuperating from a recent assassination attempt orchestrated by the Winter Soldier, with nobody, other than them, currently being aware of Fury's survival.
Wilson listened as Fury and Fine discussed the list of injuries he had gotten when he was attacked and shot by the Winter Soldier, as Fury had then noted that he had used the Tetrodotoxin B, which had been developed by Bruce Banner, to slow his heart beat down to the point that it appeared that he had died. When Rogers questioned why he had kept this as a secret, Hill noted that their enemies had to believe that Fury was dead in order to ensure that any second assassination attempt was not made. While the others remained unsure about the situation, Wilson listened as Fury noted that he had been unsure who he could actually trust since S.H.I.E.L.D. had been compromised.
Wilson rejoined the team while together they focused on their work to stop HYDRA's plans, as Fury discussed Alexander Pierce's betrayal. Fury noted that they could not contact the World Security Council to stop the launch of Project Insight. As Fury revealed three microchips, Wilson questioned what they were, to which Hill explained that they would use these to hack into the Helicarriers directly and cause them to target each other, noting that millions would die if they failed.
When Rogers told Fury that he had intended to destroy not on those Project Insight Helicarriers, but all of S.H.I.E.L.D. with them, Fury had protested, insisting that HYDRA had tricked them all and S.H.I.E.L.D. was innocent. Despite Fury's protests, Hill and Romanoff agreed with Rogers, as Wilson noted that he was also standing with his friend, as he joked that he would go where Rogers went, only slower. With that, Fury finally relented and gave Rogers control over their mission.
Knowing that their plans to defeat Pierce would undoubtedly be met with the full forces of HYDRA, Wilson later talked with Rogers about what they should do once they encountered the Winter Soldier again, with Wilson telling him he was the kind of guy you have to stop rather than save in spite of their friendship in World War II. However, Rogers remained convinced he could save his friend, as he then proclaimed that he would find his uniform to fight this battle against HYDRA.
Having assisted in stealing his Uniform from the Smithsonian exhibit, Falcon had then joined Captain America and Maria Hill as they broke into the Triskelion and took over the control room. Once they all had taken full control of the situation, Captain America then informed every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent of HYDRA's infiltration into their organization as well as Alexander Pierce's true plans for Project Insight, asking them to trust his word.
Falcon listened as Captain America told the S.H.I.E.L.D agents that while many had been ordered to hunt him down by STRIKE teams, he urged them to stand against the enemy before Pierce was able to succeed with his plans to launch Project Insight, revealing that they already shot Nick Fury to ensure their plan went ahead. Once he had finished, Falcon jokingly asked Captain America if he had practiced the speech beforehand, or simply made it up as he went along.
With the Project Insight Helicarriers now being launched and the few remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents being led by Sharon Carter in their fight against HYDRA, Falcon and Captain America had charged outside to destroy these Helicarriers. As they jogged forward, Falcon had asked Captain America how they would be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys, but Captain America calmly just reminded Falcon that only the bad guys would be attempting to shoot him out of the sky.
On that note, Captain America jumped off the platform onto the rising Helicarrier while Falcon activated his EXO-7 Falcon and took off. As Falcon flew in line with the Helicarriers, he immediately found himself under fire, as he then attempted to avoid the gunfire using his flying abilities. Maria Hill asked Falcon for an update on his status, while he informed her that he was engaging the enemy, as he flew directly into the line of fire, swiftly diving through the air to avoid all the shots.
Diving onto the deck of a Helicarrier, Falcon had managed to surprise one HYDRA guard by crashing directly into him, before then spinning around as he armed himself with his handguns and shooting down a second HYDRA guard. However, before Falcon could sneak onboard the Helicarrier to plant their microchip, he then suddenly came under attack from a Quinjet, as it chased Falcon across the Helicarrier while shooting at him, as Falcon used the parked Quinjets for cover.
However, when the Quinjet fired a missile at Falcon, it barely missed him and destroyed a parked Quinjet he was flying by. The explosion knocked Falcon to the ground, as the Quinjet came out of the smoke and attempted to shoot him down, only for Falcon to swiftly recover as he then dived backwards off the Helicarrier, shooting his twin guns at the HYDRA pilots, before reactivating his EXO-7 Falcon and flying away, with the Quinjet still chasing him down and shooting at him.
While Captain America successfully added the first microchip to one of the Helicarriers, Falcon had continued to desperately try and get away from the Quinjet that was still continuing to shoot at him. While Falcon flew on the underbelly of the Helicarrier, the Quinjet had fired dozens of missiles at him, as Falcon then used all of his mauvering abilities to avoid them, retracting his wins and allowing himself to fall as all the missiles then smashed into the side of the Helicarrier.
With the Quinjet pilots mistakingly thinking they had just killed Falcon in the explosion, he was able to use the hole in the underbelly of the Helicarrier, which was caused by the explosions, to then get into the control systems and inserted to their second microchip, granting Hill control over two out of those three Helicarriers. With that part of their mission now completed, Falcon then dived back out of the Helicarrier in order to board the final Helicarrier and complete their mission.
Before Falcon could head onto the third Helicarrier, he was contacted by Captain America who requested a ride since he was under attack from several HYDRA agents. Falcon then witnessed Captain America dive off the second Helicarrier, falling hundreds of feet to the ground below, as Falcon dove after him at full speed, managing to catch him in the air and fly him to the final Helicarrier, while he had also jokingly commenting to him that he was a lot heavier than he looked.
However, just as Falcon and Captain America shared their joke, they were ambushed by the Winter Soldier, who charged forward and had thrown Captain America from the Helicarrier. Fearing he was falling to his death, Falcon attempted to fly after Captain America, only for the Winter Soldier to grab one of his wings and thrown him backwards to continue their fight. Falcon then drew his twin guns as he shot at the Winter Soldier, who was able to avoid these shots and take cover.
As Falcon had then tried once again to rescue Captain America from falling, he flew upwards only for the Winter Soldier soldier to use his grappling wire to grab ahold of Falcon's wing and pulled him down to the ground, before tearing one of the wings off the EXO-7 Falcon. As Falcon then attempted to get back on his feet, the Winter Soldier had then charged forward and kicked him off the Helicarrier, as Falcon fell towards the ground below with his now badly damaged wing suit.
As Falcon fell hundreds of feet to the ground below, he was then able to cut the second wing free, before activating his parachute, allowing him to land safely. Falcon confirmed that Captain America was alive and still onboard the Helicarrier, as he went to continue their mission alone. Falcon was informed by Hill that Brock Rumlow was now on his way to the World Security Council in order to then intercept Black Widow, as Falcon went to keep Rumlow away from the Council.
Facing Brock Rumlow
Refocusing his mission on protecting Nick Fury, Wilson encountered and attacked Brock Rumlow inside the Triskelion as Rumlow was on his way to challenge Black Widow and Fury in order to try and rescue his commander, Alexander Pierce so they could escape during the chaos of the battle and kill the World Security Council. Wilson hid behind the door and attempted to attack Rumlow, striking him in the face and attempting to knock him out with a knee to the head.
However, Rumlow quickly proved himself to be a formidable fighter as he blocked Wilson's knee, and head-butted him with some force, knocking Wilson onto the ground. While Wilson slowly got back onto his feet, Rumlow had removed his jacket and Bulletproof Vest, as he had then explained to Wilson that his punishment for attempting to go against HYDRA would now cause him considerable pain, as that was the only way HYDRA believed the world could regain order.
As Rumlow continued to rant about HYDRA's schemes, Wilson got back on his feet and then told his rival to shut up so they could begin fighting as the two soldiers charged towards each other. As their fight had reached its conclusion, Rumlow had managed to gain the upper hand during their fight, using all of his own slightly improved combat techniques to get the advantage, before then throwing Wilson across the room and taunting him by standing over the injured Wilson.
Before Rumlow was able to finish off Wilson, while he claimed that he was out of his depth, their battle was then cut short one Wilson had spotted the final Project Insight Helicarrier heading straight towards the Triskelion behind the confident Rumlow, having been successfully reprogrammed and destroyed in the battle. Now using his head start to his advantage, Wilson ran for his life as the Helicarrier crashed into the building, with Rumlow being buried under the building's debris.
With only moments to spare, Wilson then contacted Black Widow as he demanded she bring the Helicopter to him. Wilson was forced to jump from the forty first floor of the building where he was caught by a Helicopter piloted by Nick Fury and Black Widow. Although Wilson berated had the pair for almost killing him with the helicopter blades, they had soon turned their attention to escaping the explosions, and locating Captain America, who was still onboard a Helicarrier.
Search for Bucky Barnes
Eventually, the injured Steve Rogers was found unconscious near the ruins of the Triskelion following a fight with the Winter Soldier had left him almost beaten to death, with a bullet wound inside his stomach. Wilson had stayed beside Rogers' bed until he recovered, and played the Marvin Gaye music he had previously recommended to him. As Rogers awakened, the first words he had said to Wilson were "on your left", which had caused Wilson to smile with amusement.
With much of HYDRA's leadership either arrested or gone into hiding, Wilson and Rogers then went to the fake gravesite for Nick Fury, and were met by Fury. Wilson greeted S.H.I.E.L.D.'s former leader, who then explained that he would be travelling to Europe to seek out the surviving members of HYDRA, with Fury asking Wilson to join him on his mission to exterminate HYDRA. Wilson refused, however, stating that he was more a soldier and not a spy, which Fury accepted.
They all said their goodbyes to Fury, who asked them to still keep his survival a secret before they were joined by Natasha Romanoff, who gave Rogers all of their files on Winter Soldier. Wilson confirmed that Rogers would be going after his oldest friend, and agreed had to help Rogers in his search for Bucky Barnes. During their search, Rogers was called to rejoin the Avengers and battle Wolfgang von Strucker's HYDRA division, leaving Wilson to search for Barnes on his own.
Wilson had been invited to the party held at Avengers Tower in order to celebrate the Avengers' most recent successful battle against HYDRA which had led to the seeming defeat of the final HYDRA cells, due to the capture of HYDRA's main leadership, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, as well as the Scepter they had been hunting ever since the Battle of New York, ending up in the hands of the Avengers.
As their Avengers' party had continued, Wilson was later introduced to, and shook hands with Tony Stark and later played a game of pool with Steve Rogers while drinking. Wilson and Rogers had later talked about their battle against Baron Strucker's forces, as Wilson jokingly wanted to know why he had not been invited to assist in the fight as he had been helping Rogers in their search for Bucky Barnes for the last few months before Rogers had been called by the Avengers.
When Rogers had attempted to apologize that Falcon had not been invited to their fight against Baron Strucker, Wilson had still assured Rogers that he was not massively interested in joining the Avengers at that point, claiming that the Avengers were crazy. They went on to discuss how Rogers was recently attempting to find an apartment in his home town of Brooklyn, with Rogers noting that he was not sure if he would even be able to afford to get any home in Brooklyn.
Joining the Avengers
As Falcon continued searching for Bucky Barnes, the Avengers were then involved in a conflict with Ultron that, while successful, had lead to massive changes in the team. In the wake of Clint Barton's decision to retire and Tony Stark's demotion to the non-combatant, and the departure of Thor, Falcon was recruited into the Avengers' newest roster alongside their other allies who had proved themselves worthy members, including War Machine, the Vision and Scarlet Witch.
Falcon had then arrived at the New Avengers Facility with his newest version of his EXO-7 Falcon, complete with the upgraded mechanical wings that were more combat ready, having been upgraded by Stark. Once the new Avengers had arrived to the new facility, they had then begun their training under the leadership of Captain America as well as Black Widow, ready to take on any future world threatening events that arrived, as Falcon proudly looked up to his friend and leader.
- "Who the hell are you?"
"What, you haven't heard of me?"
- ―Falcon and Ant-Man
At the New Avengers Facility, Falcon detected an intruder in the base and decided to investigate. Flying onto the roof, Falcon then spotted a man wearing a suit that seemed to make him the size of an ant. Once it was made clear that Falcon could see this man despite his size, the man regrew and introduced himself as Scott with the code-name Ant-Man, noting that he was a big fan of the Avengers, which Falcon appreciated but remained serious about their situation.
Falcon demanded to know why Ant-Man was at the facility; the man claimed to simply be needing to borrow the Signal Decoy from them which he intended to use to save their world, noting that Falcon and all the Avengers should understand what that was like. Believing that Ant-Man was a sort of spy, Falcon attempted to arrest him and bring him inside for question, only for Ant-Man to shrink and punch Falcon with a surprising amount of force, resulting with the pair beginning to fight and being knocked from the facility's rooftop, where Falcon had then drawn his twin guns and attempted to shoot the intruder.
During the battle, Falcon had learned that despite his small size, Ant-man was a formidable opponent as he was only just able to keep up with him as Ant-Man used his powers of shrinking to remain almost undetectable. Falcon used Magnification Goggles to track him down and deliver punches that forced Ant-Man to regrow. When Ant-Man managed to get away from the Avenger and flew inside the facility on the back of an ant, Falcon followed Ant-Man into the Facility until he had managed to shrink down and disable the EXO-7 Falcon from the inside, dropping him onto the floor before escaping the Avenger.
Falcon hit the ground hard and, by the time he had recovered from the impact, with his suit damaged, Falcon was unable to track Ant-Man who already escaped with the Signal Decoy. Forced to accept defeat, Falcon then said through the comm link it was important to him that Captain America must never know about this embarrassing failure. Falcon then rejoined the Avengers in battling HYDRA, who had collected parts of the destroyed Ultron Sentries and had created their giant robot that was named Ultimo. Falcon joined the Avengers to an attack and together they had managed to destroy Ultimo.
Search for Ant-Man
Despite his embarrassing defeat at the New Avengers Facility, Falcon was still impressed by Ant-Man's abilities during their fight. Seeking another hero who could potentially assist the Avengers in their missions, and having heard of Ant-Man using his own abilities to stop the sale of a new super-weapon called the Yellowjacket Suit which was almost handed over to HYDRA by Darren Cross, Wilson began seeking out Ant-Man, despite only knowing his first name was Scott.
Eventually, Wilson had encountered the Writer who had connections with many underground heroes with unusual abilities, including one who could crawl up the walls. Wilson asked the writer whether or not she knew of any newer heroes using technology that allowed him to shrink and if she knew how he would be able to get into contact with him. This led her to tracking Ant-Man down by meeting Ignacio, who put her into contact with his cousin Luis, a close friend of a friend of Ant-Man who agreed to help him, as Wilson had told the writer to tell Ignacio to tell Luis that he was currently looking for Ant-Man.
Falcon had rejoined the Avengers as they tracked Brock Rumlow and his crew into Lagos in Nigeria, having just learned that Rumlow was intending on stealing a biological weapon. As Falcon had listened to the Avengers' discussions, he commented to Black Widow that she could be paranoid, before Captain America had insisted that they all remained focus on stopping Rumlow, although Falcon noted that Rumlow hated them all too much to not engage them in a fight.
However, Captain America caught sight of a garbage truck that was charging through the streets, as Falcon sent Redwing down onto the ground to scan it. X-Raying the truck, Falcon learned that the truck was filled to maximum weight and the driver was armed, as they had realized that it was being used as a battering ram. Captain America ordered the Avengers to assemble, as Falcon had activated his EXO-7 Falcon and dove off of the building and flew towards the truck.
The Avengers realized the truck was heading towards the Institute for Infectious Diseases, as it smashed through the security wall, allowing Rumlow, who was going by the codename of Crossbones, to enter in the building with his team of well armed mercenaries. Falcon caught up with Captain America and flew him to the battle, dropping him by Crossbones' mercenaries, while Falcon flew onto the bridge, and had surprised two mercenaries, kicking him in the head as he landed.
Before the forth mercenary could even react, Falcon had then drawn his twin guns and shot him. Upon confirming the number of men that Crossbones had with him, Falcon was rejoined by Scarlet Witch, who entrapped another mercenary with her powers, before launching him into the air as Falcon had knocked him back down to the ground with some force. Using Redwing's scanners, Falcon had confirmed where Crossbones was, as Captain America went to engage him directly.
With Captain America inside the facility, battling against Crossbones' mercenaries in an attempt to stop the terrorist from escaping with the biological weapon, Falcon had then defended Scarlet Witch from any of the other mercenaries who were attempting to stop them. While he was using his wings as protection, Falcon shot at all of Crossbones' mercenaries, while Scarlet Witch had used her powers to extract the poisonous gas from inside the facility, letting it evaporate in the air.
As the mercenaries had used their trucks as cover, Falcon resorted to turning his back to them, while his wings protected him and Scarlet Witch, before firing two missiles behind him, which then killed all of the mercenaries upon impact, while Scarlet Witch had succeeded in removing all the poisonous gas from the facility. However, during this time, Crossbones had been able to take the biological weapon, while almost killing Black Widow and Captain America during his escape.
Having been updated by Captain America about the situation, Falcon flew into the streets of Lagos, where he found Crossbones' armoured car crashed. Falcon used his Magnification Goggles to scan the area, spotting four of Crossbones' mercenaries while they were splitting up into the crowds of terrified civilians, as Black Widow rejoined the fight and chased two of the four to see who had the biological weapon, as Captain America had then gone in search for Crossbones himself.
Flying through the crowds of civilians, Falcon had then swiftly caught up to two of Crossbones' mercenaries, as he slammed into one and knocked him out. Falcon had then turned his attention to the second mercenary, who had attempted to shoot him, only for Falcon to use his wings to block all the gunshots, before launching into the air and kicking the mercenary into the wall. Falcon then checked their bags, only to realize that neither of them had the biological weapon.
Falcon found Black Widow in her stand off with Crossbones' last two mercenaries who threatened to smash the biological weapon. Falcon used Redwing to shoot one mercenary, while Black Widow killed the other and caught the biological weapon, as Falcon had insisted she thank Redwing. Meanwhile, Captain America fought Crossbones as he attempted to kill him with his bomb vest, only for Scarlet Witch to inadvertently throw him into a building, killing dozens of civilians.
- "So let's say we agree to this thing. How long is it gonna be until they lojack us like a bunch of common criminals?"
- ―Sam Wilson
In the direct aftermath of the disastrous mission in Lagos, the newly appointed Secretary of State, Thaddeus Ross came to visit the New Avengers Facility. Ross presented all the Avengers with the Sokovia Accords putting them under the direct command of a panel of the United Nations, explaining the decision was based on the aftermath of many of their recent missions causing massive loss of life and property damage.
Wilson and James Rhodes argued about the document. Rhodes claimed that 117 countries had signed the Accords and they could not ignore it as this was different to the World Security Council. Wilson said that after they signed it, they would probably be put in prison as criminals while Vision argued the Accords were factual. The Avenger debate was stopped after Steve Rogers received a message that Peggy Carter had died.
Wilson accompanied Rogers in Agent Carter's funeral in the United Kingdom. While there, Wilson noticed that Sharon Carter was given a speech where revealed herself as Peggy's niece. Wilson listened to Carter's speech in which she described her time growing up with the head of the Strategic Scientific Reserve and described the lesson had learned from her aunt, which made both Wilson and Rogers think more on the Sokovia Accords.
With the funeral over, Wilson allowed Rogers and Carter time alone to catch up. However, a bomb was set off outside Vienna International Centre where the Accords were currently being signed. Wilson informed that to Rogers and with Carter, they watched the news report which informed them that King T'Chaka of Wakanda had been killed in the blast and that the authorities suspected the Winter Soldier was responsible for the attack.
The three then traveled to Vienna to investigate. Once Rogers had returned from a conversation with Natasha Romanoff, Wilson asked him if she had told him not to interfere, but Rogers said Barnes would have done the same for him, with Wilson noting that maybe in 1945 that was the case. Carter told them Barnes was in Bucharest, but the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre's leader, Everett Ross was also after him with orders to kill on sight.
Finding Bucky Barnes
In Bucharest, Falcon observed the area for the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre soldiers. As Steve Rogers talked with Bucky Barnes inside his apartment, Falcon updated him on the soldiers positions. Rogers and Barnes fought against the soldiers and escaped, but Black Panther arrived and tried to kill Barnes. Falcon was asked to take care on the helicopter that was shooting at them, so Falcon smashed into the side of it.
The fight continue through the road tunnel, with the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre chasing the the three with their vehicles. Falcon flew after his allies and using the EXO-7 Falcon's incredible speed and agility, quickly caught up with them, so Rogers asked Falcon to help him shake Black Panther, who was refusing to give up in his quest to kill Barnes. Falcon flew through the tunnel and catch Panther in mid air, only for Panther to use it to his benefit.
As Black Panther used Falcon's speed to catch up with his prey, Falcon was forced to brake when Barnes used his grenades to explode the tunnel entrance, launching the Panther forward. Black Panther caught Barnes but was stopped from killing him by Rogers before the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre arrested them all with the help of War Machine. As he removed his helmet, Falcon discovered that Black Panther was T'Challa, prince of Wakanda.
Held by Everett Ross
While the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre agents brought the four now captured heroes to their main headquarters, Wilson mocked T'Challa over his uniform, jokingly asking if it meant he liked cats, all despite the efforts of Steve Rogers to make him stop. T'Challa explained his suit is made of vibranium and his reasons for attacking Bucky Barnes was due to Barnes seemingly killing his father during a recent terrorist attack.
As they arrived, they were greeted by Sharon Carter, who introduced them to the head of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, Everett Ross who was waiting for them. Ross informed the group that their gears were confiscated until further notice, causing Wilson to grumble that he better would not see anybody else using the EXO-7 Falcon while he was waiting to get it back. As they walked through the facility's hallways, they eventually came across Tony Stark, who was speaking to Thaddeus Ross and made it clear that there would now be serious consequences for their actions, noting that Wilson would not get his wings back, much to his dismay as he called the decision completely cold hearted.
Wilson joined Rogers and Carter as they watched the interview of a contained Barnes by the psychoanalyst, Theo Broussard, with Carter handing Wilson the receipt for his suit. As they were all watching the interrogation, Rogers suspected an ulterior motive behind releasing Barnes' picture to the public, although Wilson reminded him that they had looking for Barnes for two years, but Rogers noted that they had not bombed the United Nations which drew attention.
Suddenly, the power across the headquarters was cut out, igniting panic across the base. Wilson and Rogers quickly hurried down to the interrogation room, finding the psycho-analyst on the ground without Barnes. While Rogers questioned the analyst over who he really was, Barnes revealed he was free from his cell and ambushed Wilson, attempting to break his neck with his prosthetic arm before knocking him out before then fighting against Rogers.
As Wilson woke up, he spotted that the psycho-analyst was making his escape, Wilson called after him only for the man who begin running away from the Avenger. Wilson ran after him and followed him up the stairs until they made it outside, all the while with a fight breaking out between the Winter Soldier and the other Avengers. However, Wilson lost the analyst outside the building where he had disappeared into the crowds of people running for their lives.
On the Run
With their battle now over, Wilson and Steve Rogers then took the unconscious Bucky Barnes to an abandoned building where they then subdued him by trapping his Prosthetic Arm in a vice. Once Barnes awoke, they questioned if he was under the brainwashing of the psycho-analyst, who was really Helmut Zemo. Barnes revealed he was safe by noting key facts about his and Rogers' childhood and Rogers' mother, although Wilson was skeptical. They then deliberated their course of action; telling Tony Stark or all the others would get them back where they started, but doing otherwise could also make them wanted men.
Barnes explained that he now believed that Zemo would be traveling to the HYDRA Siberian Facility that had housed him while he was still working for HYDRA, as he suspected Zemo would try and reactivate the other Winter Soldiers to create chaos. Considering what Barnes had told them, Rogers said to Wilson that they would be alone in the fight: However, Wilson insisted that this was not quite true as he knew a guy who could assist them in stopping Zemo's plans.
With the help of Sharon Carter, the group went on the run. Carter met them and revealed that she had gone behind Everett Ross' back and gave them all their equipment back. While Rogers spoke with Carter, Wilson remained in the car with Barnes, rudely refusing to move his seat to give Barnes more leg room. When Rogers kissed Carter as she left, both Wilson and Barnes smiled at their friend's success with the beautiful Carter, much to Rogers' great embarrassment.
Wilson, Rogers and Barnes then met with Clint Barton and Wanda Maximoff near to Leipzig/Halle Airport. Barton also recruited Scott Lang, who greeted Rogers and apologized in front of Wilson to the duel they had, while Wilson said it was a nice audition, but it would not happen again. The group all suited up in their own uniforms and made their way to the Flughafen Leipzig-Halle Airport where they would depart to Siberia on a Quinjet to stop Zemo's plan.
- "I don't know if you've been a fight before, but there's usually not this much talking."
"All right, sorry, my bad."
- ―Falcon and Spider-Man
While Captain America allowed himself to be cornered and disarmed by Iron Man's team of heroes, Falcon took position further away from the confrontation and scanned the airport. Falcon quickly found the Quinjet that Iron Man's team had arrived with in Hangar 5 using Redwing's lenses and alerted Captain America, revealing to Iron Man's team the rest of the various rebels as they all began running towards the Quinjet.
Falcon and Winter Soldier then made their way towards the hangar, until Spider-Man followed them, with Falcon noting that all heroes had gimmicks. Spider-Man attacked with a kick on Falcon and the two started to battle in the airport's terminal. Falcon fought Spider-Man in the air while Barnes tried to throw heavy objects at him. Spider-Man managed to bring Falcon to the floor by webbing his flight-pack and Wilson flung into a post store.
With Falcon webbed up to a handrail Spider-Man asked if his wings were made from Carbon-Fibre, to which Falcon asked if the webs came out of him. Spider-Man lunged towards Falcon to knock him down onto the floor, only for the kick to be eased by Barnes. Spider Man webbed the two to the floor, but before he could do any more damage, Falcon then controlled Redwing to take Spider-Man outside of the terminal and stop fighting.
Having regrouped with his team Falcon and his team ran towards the Quinjet Hangar in order to escape, only to be stopped by a laser beam blasted by Vision, who implored the team who were against the Sokovia Accords to surrender now before it was too late. They refused and the two opposing sides charged towards each other, picking up an individual fight with Falcon tackling War Machine in the air. When Vision tried to attack Falcon, he was stopped by an electric arrow fired from Hawkeye, helping Falcon to fly away.
Falcon was later chased down by both Iron Man and War Machine who used their weapons to try and knock him out of the sky, to which Falcon asked Hawkeye for some assistance. Hawkeye teamed up with Ant-Man to aid Falcon and stop Iron Man, firing him in his Ant-Man Suit from a scatter arrow into the Iron Man Armor, therefore stopping the rival team leader from chasing down Falcon further as Ant-Man disabled it from the inside.
Winning a Losing Battle
- "This isn't the real fight, Steve."
"All right, Sam, what's the plan?"
"We need a diversion. Something big."
- ―Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers
When Captain America's team realized that not all of them could win and get to Siberia, Falcon, chased by War Machine, suggested a distraction or diversion to be made so Captain America and Bucky Barnes can reach the Quinjet and Ant-Man volunteered to do it. He told them to wait for the signal and jumped onto War Machine's back. All of a sudden, Ant-Man grew to an enormous size and caught War Machine behind Falcon, signaling the diversion.
Falcon was chased by Iron Man as he flew in Ant-Man's direction. He quickly disengaged his wings to perform a freefall and launched Redwing, which flew directly into Iron Man's helmet, stunning him as Falcon re-activated his wings and flew off. After Captain America and Winter Soldier made it to the Quinjet, Iron Man and War Machine were behind them attempting to stop their mission. Falcon flew after them but as he saw Vision's laser beam getting closer to him, he avoided it. The beam, however, hit War Machine's Arc Reactor, disabling the suit.
Rhodes fell helplessly thousands of feet onto the ground, despite Falcon and Iron Man's efforts to save him. Although he survived, but Rhodes was left paralyzed. Falcon was shocked for his mistake, he told Stark that he was sorry, but Stark, enraged, fired a repulsor blast at Falcon, knocking him unconscious and signalling the end of the clash, with Falcon then being put under arrest under the direct orders of Secretary Thaddeus Ross as well as Stark.
Imprisoned in the Raft
Wilson, Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff, and Scott Lang were then all captured and taken to the Raft to be imprisoned. Tony Stark visited them there, and Wilson asked about James Rhodes' status. Stark asked where Steve Rogers had gone, but Wilson refused to tell him anything. Stark then knocked out the audio feed and revealed to Wilson that he was trying to help Rogers. Wilson agreed to tell him only if Stark would go as a friend, so he said he was in Siberia and Stark left to investigate.
- "My faith's in people, I guess. Individuals. And I'm happy to say that, for the most part, they haven't let me down. Which is why I can't let them down either. Locks can be replaced, but maybe they shouldn't."
- ―Steve Rogers
Having infiltrated the Raft, Rogers freed Wilson, Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff and Scott Lang from their imprisonment as Wilson looked at Rogers and smiled. After being freed by Rogers, the group celebrated their freedom, with Barton, Maximoff and Lang leaving to return to their homes, while Wilson opted to remain with Rogers.
Wilson and Rogers were later joined by Natasha Romanoff, who was now on the run for helping Rogers during the Clash of the Avengers. Wilson, Romanoff and Rogers were shortly afterwards met with by Nick Fury. Romanoff used her KGB contacts to track down a terrorist organization supplied with Chitauri fueled weapons in Syria. Infiltrating the terrorists, Rogers, Wilson and Romanoff disabled the weapons and then left for Lebanon.
Warned by Bruce Banner that Thanos was sending his children after the Infinity Stones on Earth, Wilson, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanoff traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to protect Vision and Wanda Maximoff, who are fighting against the Black Order members. Wilson and his team arrived in time in the subway station to fight off two of Thanos' children, Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive. Wilson had to send Midnight flying with a kick and began firing at Glaive with numerous Redwings.
As Rogers and Romanoff fight against Glaive and Midnight, Wilson used the opportunity for an opening, kicking Midnight towards Glaive on the ground. Having to pull out his dual guns, Wilson listens to Midnight's threat of not getting a chance to attack and send off to their ship. Defeated the Black Order, Wilson helped out Vision, who suffered a wound in his abdomen, lifting Vision up and taken to him on the Quinjet.
Reunited with Friends
- "You guys... really look like crap. Must've been a rough couple of years."
"Yeah, well, the hotels weren't exactly five star."
- ―James Rhodes and Sam Wilson
Taken Vision in aid, Wilson piloted the Quinjet and flew across Europe, suggesting to Rogers about what should the team settle in. Despite their discretion, Rogers decided to go back to the New Avengers Facility due to the seriousness of the situation. The next morning, Wilson piloted all the way back to facility and was reunited with James Rhodes and Bruce Banner; when Romanoff said hello to Bruce Banner, Wilson mentioned that the meeting was awkward.
Arriving in Wakanda
- "Drop to twenty six hundred, heading zero-three-zero."
"I hope you're right about this. Or we're gonna land a lot faster than you want to."
- ―Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson
With the intent of protecting Vision and the Mind Stone from Thanos, the Avengers decided to go to Wakanda and fix Vision and take off the stone. Wilson piloted the Quinjet and flew toward the terrain of Africa. As Steve Rogers tells him settle down the jet to mountains, Wilson flew across the river and headed toward the Golden City.
As soon the Avengers had landed on Wakanda, Rogers was greeted by the King of Wakanda, T'Challa. Wilson followed his team with other Wakandan military forces and witness the team preparation when the world is ending. As he waited for the team with Bucky Barnes, Wilson observed the sky as the Outrider Dropship started to land on the dome in the city. Wilson contacted the team for their notice, resulting into preparing for battle.
While preparing for battle, the Avengers ride along with T'Challa's military forces, War Dogs and the Dora Milaje, huddling along side by side in front of the landed dropships. Falcon flies over the fields with War Machine flying alongside him once the Wakandan army had united together. Once the Outriders had started to break into the dome, T'Challa declared for battle, leading Falcon to fight against them, using his aerial agility and technology to great effect.
- "Sam! Sam, where you at?!"
- ―War Machine
As the situation became dire, Falcon came into contact with the team that Vision had broken loose into the battlefield, leading to Wanda Maximoff telling the team to save only to stopped by Proxima Midnight. After making the contact in his earpiece, Falcon was attacked by an Outrider only to later defeat alongside other Wakandan forces. Falcon then flew to the field with rest of the team aiding Vision, only to suddenly feel incoming winds in his direction.
When Thanos arrived at the battle to claim the last Infinity Stone, Wilson tried to stop him but he and his allies were hopelessly outclassed by Thanos's power, with Wilson being taken out after Thanos used the Space Stone to knock him down. Once Thanos has assembled all of the Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet, he snapped his fingers and killed half of the population of the universe. Wilson disintegrated into ashes as he crawled through long grass while James Rhodes called out to him, trying to find him.
- "Cap, do you read me? Cap, It's Sam. On your left."
- ―Falcon to Captain America
Five years later, Bruce Banner snapped everyone back into existence and Falcon was revived along with all of the others killed in the Snap. Falcon then radioed in to Captain America, revealing to him that he was alive, as he said "On your left". Captain America then watched as a portal opened from Wakanda and Falcon flew through and prepared to fight along with the rest of the resurrected Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and various other heroes who were disintegrated in the Snap, all emerging from numerous portals opened up by Doctor Strange, Wong, and Masters of the Mystic Arts.
Falcon then stood behind Captain America, who led the charge against Thanos' army. Falcon flew towards the opposing army and fought them, mostly sticking to the air during the fight, putting down gunfire from above. When Hawkeye was being chased by a Chitauri Gorilla, Falcon flew in and knocked down the creature, stabbing it with his wings. When Thanos ordered an air strike on the battlefield, it was shortly diverted into the sky, which made Falcon question what was happening, which was revealed to be Captain Marvel arriving. Falcon continued to fight until the entire army were wiped out by Iron Man, who weilded the Infinity Stones. However, this came at the cost of his life, and everyone gathered around him and showed their respect by kneeling.
Succeeding Captain America
After their battle, Wilson attended Tony Stark's funeral, along with all fthe other heroes, as well as some other people. Wilson stood with Bucky Barnes and Wanda Maximoff, as they watched Pepper Potts and Morgan Stark walk down and then place Stark's Arc Reactor in the lake. Seeing how Barnes was clearly saddened by the funeral, Wilson had then placed his comforting hand onto his shoulder.
After the funeral, the Avengers decided to return the Infinity Stones and Mjølnir to whence they were taken to prevent devastating branches in those timelines. Wilson met up with Rogers, who volunteered for the mission, as well as Banner and Barnes in the forest outside the destroyed Avengers facility, where Banner constructed a new time machine. Wilson offered to accompany Rogers on the mission, but he politely declined. Wilson then asked how long it would take, which Banner informed him that it would be however long for Rogers and yet five seconds for them.
Banner then sent Rogers through the Quantum Realm, but when he did not return after five seconds, Wilson became worried and demanded Banner bring Rogers back. Wilson was stopped when Barnes directed his attention to the lake, where a man was sitting on a bench. Realizing it was Rogers, Wilson walked over and greeted an him, seeing that he had aged. Wilson asked about the mission, which Rogers told him that he stayed in the 1940s to live out a life there. Wilson told him he was happy for him, but expressed his sadness in living in a world with no Captain America. This then led Rogers to reveal a rebuilt shield, which he told Wilson to try on.
Wilson was hesitant about taking the shield, but Barnes nodded to him, supporting him to take it. He then picked it up, saying it felt like it didn't belong to him. Rogers reassured Wilson's doubts, confirming that it was his now. Wilson thanked Rogers for the opportunity, promising to do his best as the new Captain America. The two then shook hands, causing Wilson to notice a ring on Rogers' hand, so he asked about his wife, to which Rogers politlely stated that he wouldn't tell Wilson about her.
- "Some stuff you leave there. Other stuff you bring back. It's our job to figure out how to carry it. Is it gonna be in a big suitcase, or in a little man-purse? It's up to you."
- ―Sam Wilson
Sam Wilson is one of Steve Rogers' most stalwart friends and allies. Both men found a kindred spirit in each other when they discovered they both shared common life experiences and had similar values. Sam Wilson and Rogers both fought in the military, had to cope with the deaths of friends during war, and had to adjust to life outside of war. For Wilson, he found purpose in helping military veterans adjust to civilian life. This earned Rogers' respect, and in turn Wilson admires Captain America and the ideals he represents. Their commonality helped the two to forge a bond that led Wilson to aid Steve Rogers in many of his heroic exploits. During these exploits, Sam Wilson becomes a hero in his own right, whether it be when the two are fighting shoulder to shoulder together during a mission to save the world or aiding Rogers with a personal matter, such as helping him find the Winter Soldier.
In contrast to Rogers' pensive no-nonsense attitude, Wilson often displays a more brazen attitude and a strong sense of humor, often makes cheeky comments; he jokingly tells Rogers to come by the VA to make him look good in front of a girl at the desk, and nods in approval when Rogers and Sharon Carter kiss. However, similarly to Rogers, Wilson is also a hardened soldier who, during battle, believes strongly in focusing on the job at hand, bluntly telling Spider-Man that during fights people don't tend to talk much when his adversary started admiring his EXO-suit. Some of Wilson's hardened attitude comes from losing his wingman, Riley, which led to him leaving the military. In addition, he also takes great pride in his work, both when he helps veterans who suffer from PTSD and his work as Falcon, and is visibly embarrassed following his defeat at the hands of Ant-Man, though later jokes about this at their next encounter.
Unlike many of his teammates, Wilson doesn't hold grudges and believes in forming his own opinions of others instead of going by what others think. He respects Scott Lang following their initial meeting despite much of the public believing him to be nothing more than a common criminal, and following their battle at Leipzig airport is the only one of Rogers' captured teammates who doesn't show any ill will toward Tony Stark when he visits his former teammates and admits to Wilson that he was wrong, suggesting the two of them both understand why the other did what they did and still hold some mutual respect for one another.
Powers and Abilities
- Flight: Using his specialized winged jetpack, Sam Wilson is able to fly at very fast subsonic speeds, but with an enhanced degree of maneuverability and agility similar to that of an actual falcon. The impressive agility afforded by the jetpack and his own knowledge on flying enabled him to avoid automatic fire from an Insight Quinjet and the shots of the Insight Helicarriers' main weaponry. While flying, he was able to lift up and carry off people like Jasper Sitwell and Captain America.
- Extreme Force Generation: When moving at high speeds, Falcon is capable of utilizing his momentum and weight to generate large amounts of force, such as when he threw a helicopter of course to prevent it from shooting Bucky Barnes, knocked back Iron Man during the clash of the Avengers, sending Proxima Midnight flying into a store front during the Attack on Vision, or slamming a Chitauri Gorilla to the ground.
- "It's okay; he can't see me."
"I can see you."
"He can see me."
- ―Ant-Man and Falcon
- Enhanced Vision: The EXO-7's goggles allow Wilson to view in multiple spectrums and see objects that are either too far away or too small to be seen by the naked eye.
- "How about you, Wilson? Could use a man with your abilities."
"I'm more of a soldier than a spy."
- ―Nick Fury and Sam Wilson
- Master Pilot: Wilson displays the utmost skill when flying with his EXO wings; he is capable of performing many advanced and complicated maneuvers while in midair, without losing focus on his objectives, targets, or pursuers.
- Expert Combatant: As a former member of the United States Air Force, Wilson is highly trained in hand-to-hand combat. Wilson's fighting style include a combination of firearm improvisation, flight maneuvers such as swooping and aerial grappling, and modern army combatives. Wilson's modern army combatives derive elements from Muay Thai, American Boxing, and Taekwondo. Wilson was able to subdue HYDRA operatives and go up against STRIKE leader Brock Rumlow, though Brock had the upper hand.
- Expert Marksman: Wilson is a highly trained marksman, as he has shown great accuracy with his retractable sidearms and U.S. military firearms. During the Battle of Wakanda, Falcon shot down numerous Outriders from mid-air. Steve Rogers admitted that if he had known the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base would become a firefight, he would have requested his services.
- Expert Tactician: Wilson has shown capabilities in planning special operations, as he was able to help Captain America and his team strategize the plan to destroy the Insight Helicarriers and unmask HYDRA. Wilson was able to react and respond to Ant-Man's unprecedented appearance and was able to perfectly counter his unique attacks after only viewing them momentarily.
- Expert Acrobat: Wilson is a highly trained acrobat capable of withstanding constant equilibrium shifting during flight. Many times during his battle with HYDRA, Wilson had to couple his acrobatic skills with his flight maneuvers to avoid being shot down from the sky.
- Falcon's Twin Guns: Falcon carries two of these machine pistols in the holsters of his EXO-7 suit. The mechanical aids in Falcon's forearms provide speedy upholstering and assembly of the machine pistols. He used them against Quinjets and crew members during an assault on the Project Insight Helicarriers. He also resorted to using them to defend the New Avengers Facility from Ant-Man when he infiltrated the compound, attempting to shoot at him believing the intruder was hostile. In their mission to stop Brock Rumlow in Lagos, Wilson used his guns to confront Rumlow's mercenaries inside the IFID Headquarters. While on the run, he used them to threaten Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive by holding them at gunpoint and later fired them as a last resort at Thanos.
- Dual Barrel Wrist-Mounted Machine Gun: The left gauntlet of Falcon's redesigned uniform utilizes a wrist-mounted dual emission machine gun controlled via clenching a fist. Falcon utilized this firearm against Ant-Man.
- Wrist-Mounted Miniature Rocket Launcher: Falcon utilized a wrist-mounted miniature rocket launcher on his right bracer against Spider-Man during the Clash of the Avengers.
- Captain America's Shield: After Steve Rogers returned to the past and live his life with Peggy Carter, he met with Sam to give him his iconic shield in order for him to become the next Captain America. The vibranium composition allows the shield to absorb and reflect kinetic energy from impacts, therefore, making it nigh-indestructible. Nearly every kind of human weaponry cannot even dent it, as bullets normally bounce off it. The shield's shape makes it a superb throwing weapon as it can cut through the air with minimal wind resistance. It is also able to bounce off solid objects, such as walls and floors, when struck on its edge and can be ricocheted off of multiple surfaces, and makes a formidable and devastating hand-held weapon.
- M4A1 Carbine: An assault rifle that Wilson obtained from one of the HYDRA mercenaries accompanying the Winter Soldier. Wilson used it to cover for Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff after being ambushed by the mercenaries in Washington, D.C.
- Knife: Falcon utilized a knife to cut off the strap of a HYDRA operative's M4A1 Carbine during the fight against the HYDRA mercenaries.
- "Those wings carbon fiber?"
- ―Spider-Man to Falcon
- EXO-7 Falcon: Prototype jet-pack with wings that enables the user to fly. The wings can also be used as defensive and offensive weapons, as they are highly flexible and bulletproof. Due to the wings length, they can be used as mid-ranged weapons, mostly for stabbing. It also stores miniature guided missiles that seek out targets predetermined by Redwing.
- Magnification Goggles: Falcon has a pair of protective goggles that not only protect his eyes during high speed flight, but also possess telescopic and microscopic vision, allowing him to see and track even a shrunken Ant-Man.
- "I'm not thanking that thing."
"His name is Redwing."
"I'm still not thanking it."
- ―Black Widow and Falcon
- Redwing: A Drone mounted on the EXO-7 Falcon's back that assists Falcon during missions to survey an area for enemies, which allowed Falcon to confirm Crossbones' location before his attack. During combat missions Redwing is fitted with twin guns that extend from both wings for offense, as well as a projectile grappling handcuff line on its underside, which Falcon used against Spider-Man to throw him out of a window.
- Quinjet: To be added
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- Raft: To be added
|Appearances for Sam Wilson|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Sam Wilson is the uncle of Jim Wilson and a Harlem native who moved to California and became a drug dealer, though this fact was revealed to be a collection of false memories planted by the Red Skull. After he suffered a plane crash, he was genetically altered with the ability to speak telepathically with birds. Wilson would also eventually took over the mantle of Captain America.
- Falcon's first suit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is more similar to the suit of his Ultimate comics variant than that of his Mainstream Universe version. His second suit was given some red and white coloring as a nod to the costume from the mainstream universe. Falcon's history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is inspired from and similar to that of his Ultimate counterpart too.
Behind the Scenes
- Anthony Mackie was extremely disappointed to discover that the suit he would be wearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier would not resemble the red spandex suit from the mainstream comics.
- Aaron Toney was a stunt double for Anthony Mackie in the role of Falcon.
- Delpaneaux Wills, Qualen Bradley, Simon Adegbenro and Jordane Christie were stand-ins for Anthony Mackie in the role of Falcon.
- Anthony Mackie notes that after Captain America: Civil War, Falcon possesses a grudge with heroes like Iron Man and Black Panther.
- Falcon was briefly considered to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home as the new Captain America to aid Spider-Man on his adventure, but as the movie's arc centers on a new generation of heroes, it was decided to drop Falcon's appearance for "Nick Fury" to not have any of the Avengers available sans Spidey.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ant-Man
- ↑ Captain America: Road to War
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ Ant-Man Post-credits Scene
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Avengers: Infinity War Prelude
- ↑ Captain Marvel Prelude
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Avengers: Infinity War
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Avengers: Endgame
- ↑ Avengers: Endgame - List of Deleted Scenes
- ↑ Behind the scenes of Avengers: Infinity War as new heroes unite — and others will end
- ↑ Spider-Man: Far From Home Almost Included First Look At Falcon As Captain America