- "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 battles against Thanos, as they finally defeated him, at the cost of Tony Stark's life. In the aftermath of the battle, Falcon learned that Captain America returned to the past and had lived a full life with Peggy Carter, seeing him return as an old man, and passed his shield 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. He served 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, deciding to focus 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 maneuvering 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 his Combat 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' armored car crashed. Falcon then used his Combat 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.
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. Wilson sat with the rest of the team as Ross told them how, following a massive heart attack, he had gained a whole new perspective over the world, noting how the world had owed the Avengers an unpayable debt, but he viewed them as dangerous vigilantes, commenting on how they were enhanced individuals who seemed to have little regard for the destruction they left behind.
Ross demonstrated his point by showing the high civilian death tolls connected with the Avengers' missions in New York City and Sokovia while they fought against Loki and Ultron, with their recent disaster in Lagos during their fight against Crossbones, it had been decided that they needed to be put under closer checks. Ross presented Wilson with the recently written Sokovia Accords, which Ross had explained meant the United Nations would have control over the Avengers.
Once Ross had left the New Avengers Facility, Wilson and the other Avengers began discussing the Accords and whether they should be accepted, as he spoke to James Rhodes who was arguing that Ross' military record should give him more credibility. While Wilson argued that there was a risk they would be sent to the Raft if they disobeyed the Accords, to which Rhodes then noted that with the support of the hundred and seventeen countries, the Accords should be obeyed.
The debate was interrupted by Vision who proposed an equation, as Wilson mocked this. Wilson listened while Vision made the point that following Tony Stark announcing that he was Iron Man, the number of enhanced individuals and world threatening events had skyrocketed, claiming that the Avengers' presence would always invite challenges. While Rhodes had believed all this supported his arguments, Natasha Romanoff invited Tony Stark to make his own case for the Accords.
Wilson listened while Stark had told them about Charlie Spencer and how he was killed in Sokovia while they had fought Ultron. Stark told the Avengers that they had needed to be put in check, ensuring that people like Spencer did not lose their lives, as Wilson listened while Stark and Steve Rogers debated the potential ramifications from this and if they could be forced into it, with Scarlet Witch fearing that their governments could potentially attempt to arrest her for her actions.
To the great surprise of Wilson, Romanoff also spoke out about her support for the Accords, as Wilson reminded her about how she had turned against the Department of Defence in the wake of the HYDRA Uprising. As Stark claimed that he won the debate, Wilson then saw Rogers getting the message that Peggy Carter had died. Wilson's decision to not sign the Accords had then resulted with him receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.
Peggy Carter's Funeral
- "Here's to an honorable discharge."
"Sure you're okay with this?"
"Ah, I'm not worried about me, I'll make a great civilian."
- ―Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers
Wilson had accompanied Steve Rogers for Peggy Carter's funeral in the United Kingdom. As they had taken their seats, Wilson had then noticed that Sharon Carter was giving a speech, revealing herself as Peggy's niece. Wilson listened to Carter's speech in which she described her time growing up with the Strategic Scientific Reserve's head, and described the lessons learned from her aunt, making both Wilson and Rogers consider the Sokovia Accords' decision.
Once the funeral was over, Wilson joined Rogers in a London pub, as they made the toast to Wilson being given his honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. Rogers had then questioned if Wilson was doing okay following their decision, although he insisted that he was, claiming that he would make for a great civilian. Looking over the bar, Wilson saw that Carter was also there, as he suggested that Rogers should go and speak to her, which Rogers finally did.
Wilson had then allowed Rogers and Carter time alone to catch up. However, when a bomb was detonated just outside from the Vienna International Centre where the Accords were getting signed. Wilson had then informed Rogers and Carter of the situation, as they then watched the news report which informed them that King T'Chaka of Wakanda had been killed in that explosion, and that their authorities had suspected the Winter Soldier was responsible for the attack.
Finding Bucky Barnes
The three traveled into Vienna to investigate. While Steve Rogers had returned from his conversation with Natasha Romanoff, Wilson asked him if Romanoff told him not to interfere, but Rogers had still insisted that Bucky Barnes would do the same for him, with Wilson noting that maybe in 1945, but this was not the case. Carter joined them, as she explained to them that Barnes had just been located in Bucharest. However, she also noted that the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre's leader, Everett Ross, was also targeting Barnes, with a kill order.
In Bucharest, Falcon observed that GSG 9 soldiers were approaching their location. As Captain America talked with the Winter Soldier in his apartment, Falcon updated him on the soldiers positions. Captain America and the Winter Soldier then fought against the soldiers and escaped, but Black Panther arrived, and attempted to kill the Winter Soldier. Falcon was asked to take care of a GSG 9 helicopter that was now shooting at them, so Falcon had then smashed into the side of it.
Their battle continued through the road tunnel, with GSG 9 soldiers chasing the three with their vehicles. Falcon flew after his allies, using the EXO-7 Falcon's speed and agility to catch up with them, so Captain America had then asked Falcon to help him shake Black Panther, who was refusing to give up on his quest to kill the Winter Soldier. Falcon flew through the tunnel as he caught Black Panther in mid air, only for Black Panther to use it to his benefit.
Black Panther used Falcon's speed to catch up with his prey, before Falcon braked when the Winter Soldier used his grenades to explode the tunnel entrance, launching Black Panther forward. Black Panther caught the Winter Soldier, but was kept from killing him by Captain America before the GSG 9 arrested all of them with the help of War Machine. As he removed his helmet, Falcon then discovered that Black Panther was T'Challa, prince of Wakanda.
Held by Everett Ross
While GSG 9 agents were transporting the four individuals to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre's headquarters in Berlin, Wilson had mocked T'Challa over his suit, asking if he liked cats, despite the efforts of Steve Rogers to make him stop. Remaining serious about their situation, T'Challa had then calmly explained to them that the Panther Habit is made of vibranium, and his reasons for attacking Bucky Barnes was due to Barnes seemingly killing his father during a terrorist attack, promising that he would eventually kill him.
As they arrived, they were greeted by Sharon Carter, who introduced them to Everett Ross, the head of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, who was waiting for them. Ross had refused to give them any clear information about what would happen to Barnes, before he informed the group that all their gear would be confiscated until further notice, causing Wilson to grumble that he better would not see anybody else using the EXO-7 Falcon while he was still waiting to get it back.
With Barnes being taken away into another room for a psychological evaluation, conducted by Theo Broussard, Wilson, along with Rogers and T'Challa were led through their facility by Ross, who noted that they would be given offices rather than prison cells. They were then joined by Natasha Romanoff, who had expressed her displeasure at seeing the situation, since she had already warned Rogers not to get involved, although Rogers had noted that they saved Barnes' life.
Wilson and Rogers had eventually come across Tony Stark, who was speaking to Thaddeus Ross, and made it clear that there would now be serious consequences for their actions in protecting Barnes, as he wanted them both sent to the Raft. Stark had also noted that Wilson would not get his wings, while Rogers would not get his shield, much to his dismay as he then called the decision completely cold hearted, while Stark had then noted that it was at least warmer than any jail.
Wilson joined Rogers and Carter as they watched the interview of the contained Barnes by the psychoanalyst Broussard, with Carter then handing Wilson the receipt for his suit, which Wilson had complained about as the receipt listed his EXO-7 Falcon as the bird costume. As they were all watching the interrogation about those terrorist attacks, Rogers suspected an ulterior motive behind releasing Barnes' picture to the public, questioning Carter about why this had happened.
Although Wilson reminded him that they had searched for Barnes for two years and had failed to find him anywhere, but Rogers noted that they had not bombed the United Nations which had drawn attention. Hearing all this, Wilson and Carter began to catch up to what Rogers was thinking, as they then realized that somebody might have been attempting to get closer to Barnes, as they looked up at their screen, becoming suspicious of the man who was interrogating Barnes.
- ―Sam Wilson to Helmut Zemo
Suddenly, the power across the entire facility was then cut out, which had ignited panic across the base since their camera feed to Bucky Barnes' interrogation was also cut out. Once Sharon Carter told them where to go, Wilson and Steve Rogers quickly hurried down into the interrogation room, where they found several men lying unconscious on the ground, before finding their psycho-analyst, Helmut Zemo, on the ground without Barnes, before Rogers had then immediately confronted Zemo.
While Rogers then questioned Zemo about what he actually wanted, Barnes revealed he was free from his cell and had been brainwashed back to his Winter Soldier programming. The Winter Soldier attacked Wilson and had attempted to crush his neck with his Prosthetic Arm. However, Wilson had managed to get free from the Winter Soldier's grip, before he was then knocked unconscious as the Winter Soldier threw him backwards before then furiously fighting against Rogers.
Once Wilson had woken back up from the Winter Soldier's attack, he had then spotted that Zemo was looking down an elevator shaft that Rogers had been thrown down. Fearing that he would be attempting to make his escape, Wilson had called after Zemo, only for him who begin running away from the Avenger. Wilson then 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 security.
However, Wilson then lost sight of Zemo outside the building where he had disappeared into the crowds of people who were running for their lives in the chaos, only being able to find Zemo's jacket which he had left behind to help him get away. Wilson later regrouped with Rogers, who had managed to capture the Winter Soldier when they had both been thrown from the roof of the headquarters while in his helicopter, which the Winter Soldier had attempted to escape in.
Going on the Run
With their battle now over, Wilson and Steve Rogers had then taken a unconscious Bucky Barnes into an abandoned building where they then subdued him by trapping his Prosthetic Arm in the vice. Once Barnes awoke, they questioned if he was still under mind control, as Barnes revealed he was safe by noting key facts about his and Rogers' childhood and Rogers' mother, although Wilson had still remained skeptical that this was actually proof that Barnes was no longer a danger to them, although Rogers assured him it was okay.
To his horror, Barnes realized what he had done as the programming that HYDRA put in his mind was still there, and Helmut Zemo simply had to do was say the codewords to reactivate him. Wilson stood by as Rogers had questioned Barnes about who Zemo was, noting that Zemo had killed multiple people in his attacks to get close to Barnes. Thinking for a moment, Barnes then noted that Zemo had asked him about the Facility in Siberia where he had been kept for decades.
As Wilson listened, Barnes explained that there were multiple Winter Soldiers, and that they were likely Zemo's target. Wilson checked if the Soldiers had also turned out like Barnes after being injected with the Super Soldier Serum, as Barnes explained that they had turned out even worse. They then realized that if Zemo gained control of the soldiers, he could use them to infiltrate and completely destabilize an entire country overnight without anybody seeing them coming.
Having seemingly figured out Zemo's plans, Wilson and Rogers then deliberated their course of action; noting that because of the Sokovia Accords the situation had become more complicated. While Rogers suggested they call Tony Stark for assistance, Wilson noted that he would not go against those Accords, meaning that they were on their own. However, Wilson then considered Ant-Man, noting that he knew a guy who could potentially assist them with defeating Zemo.
Building The Team
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 their equipment back. While Steve Rogers spoke with Carter, Wilson remained in their car with Bucky Barnes, rudely refusing to move his seat to give Barnes more leg room. As Rogers had kissed Carter as she left, both Wilson and Barnes smiled at their friend's success with Carter, much to Rogers' great embarrassment.
Wilson, Rogers and Barnes then reunited with Clint Barton, who was with Wanda Maximoff near to Leipzig/Halle Airport, as Barton made it clear to them that he was happy to assist them by breaking Maximoff out of the New Avengers Facility, before welcoming Scott Lang to the team. While Wilson had watched on awkwardly, Lang expressed his excitement at meeting Rogers and these other heroes, as he thanked Rogers for inviting him onto the team and touching his muscles.
Lang then happily greeted Wilson as he also attempted to apologize for their previous encounter at the New Avengers Facility where Lang had defeated Wilson during their clash. However, Wilson cut off Lang's sentence, insisting that their clash had merely been Lang's audition into the Avengers, and also claimed that he would never allow that to happen again, before Rogers brought Lang up to date about Helmut Zemo and the Winter Soldiers, noting they were against the law.
Once Lang agreed to join them on their mission, the team prepared to get moving as Barton noted that they had a helicopter ready to get them out of Germany. However, they then heard alarms being set off, which Barnes confirmed meant that the airport was being evacuated, as Wilson noted that this was likely Tony Stark arriving to bring them into custody. Rogers ordered the team to suit up, as Wilson donned his EXO-7 Falcon and joined his allies in attempting to escape.
- "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 their confrontation and scanned the airport. As Captain America was keeping Iron Man distracted, Falcon sent Redwing to scan the airport, and eventually found the Quinjet that Iron Man's team had then arrived with in Hangar 5, using his Combat Goggles. Falcon then alerted Captain America, revealing to Iron Man's team the rest of the various rebels as they all had begun running towards the Quinjet.
Falcon and Winter Soldier then made their way towards the hangar, while Captain America had kept Black Panther from catching up with them and attempting to kill the Winter Soldier. As they had run, they saw that Spider-Man was following them, as Falcon noted with some frustration that all heroes had gimmicks nowadays. Spider-Man then attacked with a kick against Falcon, before then engaging the Winter Soldier, being amazed by his Metal Arm while Falcon recovered.
Falcon recovered from the kick and flew back into the fight, knocking Spider-Man away from the Winter Soldier as the two started to battle through the airport's terminal, as Spider-Man was attempting to take Falcon into his custody. Falcon fought Spider-Man in the air, shooting missiles at him, while the Winter Soldier tried to throw heavy objects at him, only for them to discover that Spider-Man was able to predict their movements and counter them while making snarky comments.
Although Falcon was able to catch Spider-Man by surprise, and kick him off a platform, Spider-Man swiftly recovered as he flipped behind Falcon, and using his Synthetic Webbing to then damage the EXO-7 Falcon, causing Falcon to crash land, using his Web-Shooters to trap him against the railing. With Falcon now webbed up to that handrail, Spider-Man then asked if his wings were made from Carbon-Fibre, to which Falcon had questioned if the webbing came out of his body.
While Falcon recommended that he focus more on the fight than the conversation, Spider-Man lunged towards Falcon to knock him to the floor, only for the kick to be intercepted by the Winter Soldier, which knocked them both off the platform. Spider Man webbed the two to the floor, but before he could do any more damage, Falcon had then controlled Redwing to take Spider-Man out from the terminal, leaving him and the Winter Soldier on the floor, still insulting each other.
Having regrouped back with their team, Falcon then ran towards the Quinjet's Hangar in order to escape, only to be stopped by the laser beam blasted by Vision, who had then implored their team who were against the Sokovia Accords to surrender now before it was too late. They refused and the two opposing sides had charged towards each other, picking up an individual fight with Falcon tackling War Machine in the air. When Vision then tried to attack Falcon, he was stopped by an electric arrow shot from Hawkeye, helping Falcon to fly away.
Falcon was later chased down by both Iron Man and War Machine as they used their combined weapons to try and knock him out from the sky, to which Falcon asked Hawkeye for some assistance. Hawkeye teamed up with Ant-Man to help Falcon and stop Iron Man, shooting his scatter arrow with Ant-Man riding it, which had then allowed Ant-Man to enter in the Iron Man Armor, therefore stopping Iron Man from chasing Falcon further since 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."
- ―Falcon and Captain America
As their fight between the Avengers continued, Falcon and their team had then realized that not all of them could win and get to Siberia, as Falcon noted this was not their real fight as Captain America needed to find Helmut Zemo. Falcon, while he was being chased around the airport by War Machine, suggested that they make a diversion so Captain America and the Winter Soldier could attempt to reach the Quinjet, as Ant-Man then volunteered to make a big distraction.
While admitting that this distraction could result in him being torn in half, Ant-Man then told them to wait for the signal and jumped onto War Machine's back while he was still chasing down Falcon. All of a sudden, Ant-Man grew to an enormous size and caught War Machine in mid-air, signaling the diversion. Witnessing this remarkable feat by his ally, Falcon had complimented Giant-Man, before then smashing straight into Iron Man, who had become distracted by the event.
While Captain America and the Winter Soldier used the distraction of Giant-Man tearing through the airport to allow them to run towards the Quinjet, Falcon had scrapped with Iron Man in mid air, to ensure he did not realize what was happening, although Black Panther was chasing them down. Falcon quickly disengaged his wings to perform a freefall as he launched Redwing, which flew directly into Iron Man's helmet, stunning him as Falcon re-activated his wings and flew off.
As Captain America and the Winter Soldier had made it onboard the Quinjet, Iron Man and War Machine were behind them attempting to stop their mission. Witnessing this, Falcon flew after them as he tried to shoot his missiles to distract War Machine and protect the Quinjet. However, when Falcon saw Vision's shooting his laser beams at him, deactivated the EXO-7 Falcon to avoid the blast. The beam, however, hit War Machine's Arc Reactor, disabling the suit, causing him to fall.
War Machine fell helplessly thousands of feet to the ground, despite Falcon and Iron Man's efforts to save him. Although he survived, but Rhodes was left paralyzed by the impact. Falcon was shocked for his mistake, he told Stark that he was sorry, but Stark, enraged, had fired his repulsor blast at Falcon, knocking him unconscious and signalling the end of their clash, with Falcon then being put under arrest, under the direct orders of Secretary Thaddeus Ross, as well as Stark.
Imprisoned in the Raft
Following their defeat during the Clash of the Avengers, Wilson and his allies were imprisoned in the Raft under the orders of Thaddeus Ross. While they sat in the cells, Wilson had watched on as Tony Stark came to visit them, only to be mocked by Clint Barton for his actions, while Stark had insisted they were there for breaking the rules of the Sokovia Accords, before Stark went to speak with Wilson.
While Stark ignored Scott Lang's attempts to mock him, Wilson had asked about James Rhodes' condition, as Stark assured him that he was going to alright now that he was getting treatment. As Stark had questioned where Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes had gone, Wilson refused to give them up, only for Stark to shut down the audio in the prison. Stark showed Wilson an image of Theo Broussard lying dead, before noting that Broussard was meant to interrogate Barnes.
Acknowledging that Helmut Zemo had deceived him, Stark admitted that he was wrong, noting that Rogers was going to need all the help he could get with stopping Zemo and their Winter Soldiers. Agreeing to help him, Wilson told Stark that Rogers and Barnes were heading to the HYDRA Facility in Siberia, but had also insisted that Stark had to go there alone, and with his intention only being of helping Rogers as his friend, which Stark had agreed to as he departed the Raft.
While Wilson remained locked up in the Raft, he was eventually freed when Rogers broke inside and released him, along with Barton, Lang and Wanda Maximoff. Once freed, Barton, Lang and Maximoff had decided to return to their homes, while Wilson agreed to remain with Rogers. Having been joined by Natasha Romanoff, the team met with Nick Fury, and then assisted in his underground mission to track terrorist cells in Syria who were using Chitauri fuelled weapons.
Having been warned by Bruce Banner that Thanos would be sending down the Black Order to Earth in order to claim the remaining Infinity Stones, Falcon and his allies had travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland in order to protect Vision. Their team arrived just as Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive were still attempting to rip the Mind Stone from Vision's head. Once Vision and Scarlet Witch were beaten down, Captain America had then intercepted the Black Order's attack and distracted Midnight, allowing Falcon to fly into the battle and attacked.
Falcon flew straight into the fight, and smashed straight into Midnight while she was distracted by Captain America's arrival, knocking her through a shop window. Falcon then began firing his EXO-7 Falcon's missiles at Glaive, who managed to block these missiles but failed to notice Black Widow running at him, as she had proceeded to wound Glaive with Midnight's Spear. With Glaive wounded, Falcon had then charged directly into Midnight and aimed his Twin Guns at them.
With these Black Order members now defeated, Falcon kept his twin guns aimed at them, while Black Widow warned that they would be willing to kill them if they had to. However, Midnight insisted that they would never get the chance again, as she activated her teleporter as she and Glaive were taken back onboard their Q-Ship, ripping their weapons out of Captain America's hands while Midnight and Glaive escaped, leaving Falcon and his allies to then check on the Vision, as he had been badly wounded by Glaive during the sudden attack.
As Falcon and Scarlet Witch helped Vision back to his feet, they had discovered that his Vibranium body was damaged. Knowing Thanos' Black Order would attempt to destroy Vision again to take the Mind Stone, Falcon helped him onboard the Quinjet so they could take him to safety. Onboard, Falcon questioned where they would be going, as Captain America told him that they would go to the New Avengers Facility, for the first time ever since the Avengers had fallen apart.
Reunited with Friends
- "You guys... really look like crap. Must have been a rough couple of years."
"Yeah, well, the hotels weren't exactly five star."
- ―James Rhodes and Sam Wilson
Taken Vision to get medical aid following his injuries, and to protect him from the Black Order's attacks, Wilson piloted their Quinjet and flew back to the New Avengers Facility. When they had arrived with Vision, Wilson and the rest of the team had then found James Rhodes speaking with Thaddeus Ross via a hologram. Although Ross demanded that Wilson and the rest of their team be arrested for going against the Sokovia Accords, Rhodes instead cut off the call.
As Ross had been removed from the room, Rhodes then greeted the team, as he commented that they looked bad, to which Wilson sardonically replied that the hotels they had been staying in while they were in hiding had not been five stars. However, Bruce Banner had then revealed that he was also there, since Banner had reunited with Natasha Romanoff for the first time since the Ultron Offensive. Watching the reunion, Wilson had then jokingly commented on the awkwardness of the situation.
Wilson then joined the rest of the Avengers as they discussed what was to be done in order to protect the Vision and stop Thanos from obtaining the Mind Stone in his quest to find all the Infinity Stones. Eventually, it was decided that the best option for them was to take Vision to Wakanda, where they could recruit the aid of Shuri to then remove the Mind Stone from Vision's head, while keeping him alive, so they could destroy the Stone and keep it away from Thanos.
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
Intending to remove the Mind Stone from the Vision before it was too late, Wilson flew the Avengers to Africa on their Quinjet. As they had approached their entrance to Wakanda, Wilson was advised by Steve Rogers on how to enter the hidden city, as Wilson had remained nervous about seemingly flying directly into a forest, only for the Quinjet to pass through all of their secret cloaking systems and to the African city of Wakanda, while Wilson had then landed the Quinjet.
As soon the Avengers had landed on Wakanda, Rogers was greeted by King T'Challa, thanking him for agreeing to help them. Wilson had followed their teams, with the Dora Milaje, and witnessed the team's preparation for the Black Order's return. While he waited for the team with Bucky Barnes, Wilson had then observed the sky as the Outrider Dropship started to land on the dome of Wakanda. Wilson contacted the team for their notice, resulting in preparation for their battle.
With Thanos' forces arriving outside Wakanda, Falcon flew into the position with the Avengers and Wakanda's armies. Staying in the air, Falcon witnessed their attempts to force Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian to surrender fail, as Midnight had instead unleashed hordes of the Outriders from their Dropships, who then furiously charged towards their armies, only for them to be torn apart by Wakanda's shields upon impact.
However, several of these Outriders managed to break through the shields, despite their flesh being torn off, as they charged forwards. In order to keep them away from their armies, Falcon flew above the Outriders and fired his Twin Guns at them, before then shooting out his Redwings to cut through the Outriders. With too many Outriders breaking through, War Machine advised Falcon to flew away before then dropping several massive bombs on top of these Outriders, as this caused a massive explosion but failed to stop the Outriders.
Despite keeping these Outriders away, it was discovered that several were attempting to get behind them to attack Vision and Shuri, which had forced Black Panther to open their barriers in keep the Outriders' attention on them. With the Outriders charging into Wakanda, Falcon flew into the fight, until Thor had arrived with Rocket Raccoon as well as Groot to assist them. Falcon and War Machine then team up once again to take out the Threshers as they charged through the battle.
Although the battle was beginning to turn their way, Falcon had then seen on his Combat Goggles that Vision was now being attacked by Corvus Glaive, who took advantage of Scarlet Witch joining the battle on the front lines. Falcon informed their team about this, only for him to be knocked out of the sky by an Outrider, while Bruce Banner and Scarlet Witch both volunteered to go to the aid of the Vision, in order to ensure Glaive could not steal the Mind Stone out of his head.
- "Sam! Sam, where you at?!"
- ―War Machine to Falcon
Eventually, the entire army of Outriders were beaten back, while the members of the Black Order had been killed, which ended the battle and had seemingly left the Avengers victorious. However, before the team could celebrate this victory, they had then witnessed the arrival of Thanos through a Wormhole. Realizing that Vision was once again out in the open and in great danger, Falcon and the other Avengers readied themselves for the fight, while Thanos had calmly walked towards his target.
However, it swiftly became clear that Thanos was considerably more powerful than any of the Avengers, as he then used the power of the five Infinity Stones he had collected to entrap Bruce Banner in a wall, before easily subduing Black Panther and Captain America. Falcon tried to stop him by shooting his Twin Guns at the Mad Titan, but he was hopelessly outclassed by Thanos' power, as Falcon was taken out after Thanos had used the Space Stone to knock him down.
With Falcon out of the fight, the other Avengers all found themselves outmatched, as Thanos ripped the Mind Stone out of Vision's head. Once Thanos has assembled all of the Infinity Stones into the Infinity Gauntlet, he was intercepted by Thor, but was still able to then snap his fingers, resulting in the decimation of half of the population of the universe. Falcon 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
In the five years following Falcon's death, the surviving Avengers had undertaken the mission to go back through time to reclaim the Infinity Stones and reverse the effects of the Snap. Once these Stones were collected, Bruce Banner had successfully managed to snap everyone back into existence, while Falcon was revived along with the trillions of others who were killed in that first Snap. Falcon had then radioed in to Captain America, revealing to him that he was alive, as he said "On your left".
Captain America had watched on as an Inter-Dimensional Portal was opened up from Wakanda, and Falcon flew through and prepared to fight along with the rest of their resurrected Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and various other heroes who were disintegrated in the Snap, all then emerging from numerous portals opened up by Doctor Strange, Wong, and their Masters of the Mystic Arts, while they stood together against Thanos and his armies of Chitauri and Outriders.
Falcon then stood behind Captain America, who had led the charge against Thanos' army. Falcon flew towards their 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 proceeded to fly in and had knocked down the Gorilla onto its back, before stabbing it with his EXO-7 Falcon wings, killing the Gorilla, as Falcon continued fighting against Thanos' armies.
As the battle continued, Thanos was almost killed by Scarlet Witch, which caused him to order Corvus Glaive to send down an air strike from Sanctuary II. Falcon had stayed high in the air and avoid these missiles, while Wong created Tao Mandalas to protect the heroes on the ground. However, when these missiles were diverted into the sky, which made Falcon question what was happening, which was then revealed to be Captain Marvel who then destroyed Sanctuary II.
Falcon continued to fight back against Thanos' forces, until the entire army were suddenly wiped out by Iron Man, who wielded the Infinity Stones to cause a third Snap, which wiped out the opposing army as well as Thanos himself, finally ending the conflict. However, this had come with the cost of Stark's life, and everybody there, including Falcon, gathered around Stark, and showed the respect by kneeling before the hero who had sacrificed himself to save the universe.
Receiving the Shield
After their battle, Wilson attended Tony Stark's funeral, along with all the 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 Stark's death, Wilson had then placed his comforting hand onto his shoulder.
Following Stark's 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 Steve Rogers, since it was Rogers who had volunteered for their mission, meeting him in the forest just outside their destroyed Avengers Facility, where Bruce Banner constructed a new time machine. Wilson had then offered to accompany Rogers on the mission, but Rogers politely declined.
Wilson then asked how long this would take, which Banner informed him that it would be however long it would take Rogers to complete his mission, but it would only be around five seconds for the rest of them. Wilson watched Rogers put on the Advanced Tech Suit, as they awaited for their mission to begin. Banner had then sent Rogers through the Quantum Realm. However, Wilson had witnessed Rogers not returning back after the five seconds that Banner had promised.
Wilson then became concerned as he then demanded Banner bring Rogers back, until he was stopped as Barnes had calmly directed his attention to the lake, where a man was sitting on the bench alone. As he then realized it was Rogers, Wilson walked over and greeted him, seeing that he had aged considerably since they last saw each other. Wilson had asked about the mission, which Rogers just told him that he stayed out in the 1940s to live out his peaceful life out there.
With Rogers noting that once he had put the Infinity Stones back, he had decided to live out a life that Stark had always told him about, as he told Wilson that it was a beautiful life. Wilson told him he was truly happy for him, but expressed his sadness in living in a world with no Captain America in it. However, this had then led Rogers to reveal his shield, which he told Wilson to try on, as the surprised Wilson turned back Barnes, who gave him a slight nod of encouragement.
Wilson was hesitant about taking up the shield, while Barnes nodded to him, supporting him to claim it. He then picked it up, saying it felt like it did not belong to him. Rogers had reassured Wilson's doubts, confirming that it was his now. Wilson thanked Rogers for the honor, promising to do his best. The two then shook hands, causing Wilson to notice a ring on Rogers' finger, so he then asked about his wife, as Rogers had politely stated that he would not tell Wilson about her.
- "You know, if you want, I can come with you."
"You're a good man, Sam."
- ―Sam Wilson and Captain America
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
EXO-7 Falcon Capabilities
Although Wilson does not possess any innate powers, he is granted several abilities through his use of the EXO-7 Falcon, which he uses to great effect.
- 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 off 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 Combat 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. 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.
- Combat 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.
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|Appearances for Falcon|
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. Falcon is set to have a suit resembling his comic book counterpart in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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 1.9 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
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Captain America: Civil War Deleted Scene
- ↑ Ant-Man Post-credits Scene
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Avengers: Infinity War Prelude
- ↑ Captain Marvel Prelude
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Avengers: Infinity War
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 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
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