"They were worried my story might get out. So, they erased me. My history. But they've been doing that for five hundred years. Pledge allegiance to that, my brother. They will never let a black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting black man would ever wanna be."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]

Isaiah Bradley is a Korean War veteran and super soldier. After having received the Super Soldier Serum in the 1950s, he was assigned by the United States military to eliminate the Winter Soldier in South Korea, although he failed. He was later imprisoned due to his status as a super soldier, and spent three decades in prison experimented on by the U.S. government and HYDRA. In the 1980s, he was freed and relocated to Baltimore, and eventually had a grandson.


Super Soldier

Receiving the Serum

"A couple of the boys get captured on a mission. I heard the brass talkin' about blowing the POW camp to hell to hide the evidence. But those were my men. My brothers. Not evidence. So I bust out of the facility one night and I brought them boys back."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]
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Encountering Winter Soldier

"We heard whispers he was on the peninsula, but everyone they sent after him, never came back. So the U.S. military dropped me behind the line to go deal with him."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]

In 1951, during the Korean War, the U.S. military found out that an enemy soldier managed to kill everyone they sent after him. As a result, the military deployed Bradley, their super soldier, to eliminate the threat.

Bradley found his target to a bar in Goyang, who was none other than the Winter Soldier. While Bradley was unable to kill Winter Soldier, he was able to destroy half of his metal arm, after which Winter Soldier fled. This incident, among others, gained Bradley a reputation as one of HYDRA's most feared enemies.[3]

Imprisoned and Experimented

"For the next thirty years, they experimented on me, trying to figure out why the serum worked. There was a nurse. She took pity on me. Wrote up some fake reports, something. She had me declared dead."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]
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Despite his service to the United States of America in the Korean War, Bradley was put in prison for thirty years. During that time, scientists ran tests on him, took samples of his blood.

Upon being freed, he relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where his grandson, Eli Bradley, helped take care of him. Bradley instructed Eli not to let anyone know who he is, or what he was.[3]

Reunion with Bucky Barnes

"You think you can wake up one day and decide who you wanna be? It doesn't work like that. Well, maybe it does for folks like you."
―Isaiah Bradley to Bucky Barnes[src]

Bradley's location was eventually found by Bucky Barnes, although Barnes chose not to tell anyone about this until it was absolutely necessary. Together with Sam Wilson, Barnes arrived at Baltimore to talk with Bradley and ask for his assistance in their mission to fight the Flag Smashers. However, Bradley refused to help the pair, having only agreed to allow them entry to see whether Barnes had gained a new Prosthetic Arm since he had torn the last one off and in morbid curiosity in case Barnes had come to kill him.

When Barnes asked for more information about how the Flag Smashers had the same abilities as him, Bradley reacted in anger, using his enhanced strength to fling a metal can into the wall, embedding itself. He demanded that they leave and Eli ushered the two outside.[3]

Speaking with Sam Wilson

"You think things are different? You think times are different? You think I wouldn't be dead in a day if you brought me out? You wanna believe jail was my fault because you got that white man's shield."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]

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"You understand. Every black man does. Whether you wanna deny it or not..."
"Don't do that bitter, old man thing with me."
"If you ain't bitter, you're blind."
―Isaiah Bradley and Sam Wilson[src]
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Due to both the government and HYDRA using him as a test subject for three decades, as well as witnessing his fellow soldiers perish, these trauma have left him into a bitter and pessimistic individual. This is shown when Sam Wilson brings up his past, to which Bradley angrily demands Wilson and Bucky Barnes to leave his house immediately, and when Falcon speaks up about the shield’s symbolism, Bradley looks at it with contempt. Bradley’s past influenced him to live a quiet life, not wishing his story being brought up to the world, lest he gets targeted again.

Powers and Abilities


"A handful of us got shot up with different versions of that serum, but they don't tell us what it is."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]
  • Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super Soldier Serum enhanced all of Bradley' bodily functions, such as his strength. According to Bucky Barnes, Bradley was feared by HYDRA as much as Captain America.
    • Enhanced Strength: As a super soldier, Bradley demonstrated increased strength. Even in his advanced age, he was able to fling a metal can into a wall with enough force to embed itself.
    • Longevity: As a result of the Super Soldier Serum, Bradley ages much slower than the normal human, a trait he shares with fellow super soldiers Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Despite having been born in the 1930s and living up to 2024 without being placed in cryostasis, he has the bearing of a man a few decades younger.


"I took half that metal arm in that fight in Goyang."
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson[src]
  • Expert Combatant: As a former soldier, Bradley is trained in hand-to-hand combat. During the Korean War, he was able to defeat the Winter Soldier.







  • In the comics, Isaiah Bradley was one of 300 African-American soldiers who were used as guinea pigs as part of the United States government's attempts to replicate the Super Soldier Serum. After surviving the procedure, Bradley took on the mantle of Captain America. This was seen as treasonous by the military, who sentenced him to life in prison as punishment, although he was released after 17 years.


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