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"All we can do now is sit tight and just chill. Sometimes, there's nothing to do until there's something to do."
―Joaquín Torres to Sam Wilson[src]

First Lieutenant Joaquín Torres is a United States Air Force lieutenant and intelligence officer, and a friend of Sam Wilson.

Biography

Air Force Career

Living During the Snap

"They think that the world was better during the Blip. Trust me, it wasn't."
―Joaquín Torres to Sam Wilson[src]

In 2018, Torres survived the Snap and for the next five years, witnessed firsthand the hardships it brought.[1]

New Missions

Rescue of Captain Vassant

Torres does ground control during the rescue

Around six months after the Blip and the restoration of the world, Torres teamed up with Sam Wilson to rescue Vassant, who was kidnapped by the terrorist organization known as the LAF before they were able to get him over the Tunisian border where the U.S. could not be seen operating. While driving a Humvee, he helped assist Wilson from the ground and watched as the mission was successful.[1]

Discussing Flag Smashers

Torres speaking to Sam Wilson

Afterwards, he and Wilson went to a café together in Tunisia, where Torres told Wilson about a new terrorist group called the Flag Smashers, who believed life was better during the Blip. Torres then mentioned to Wilson that people online came up with a conspiracy theory about Captain America living on the moon as the general public didn't know what happened to him. When Wilson got up to leave, Torres asked why he was going to Washington, only for Wilson to say moon stuff.[1]

Robbery of Gasel Bank

"I don't know how jurisdiction works here, but I'mma have to place you under arrest."
―Joaquín Torres to Dovich[src]

Torres tries to infiltrate in Switzerland.

Deciding to go investigate himself, Torres travelled to Switzerland in order to track down the Flag Smashers and found a group of people sliding on masks. Confused, Torres put one on, but soon realized that he had wandered into the middle of a bank robbery led by the same terrorist organization he was searching for. A local policeman attempted to arrest the masked Torres, but he easily got away from him. He then filmed a Flag Smasher knocking away another policeman with superhuman force.

Torres is brutally attacked by Dovich

Torres tossed aside the mask and brought out his handgun confronting the terrorist. He tried to arrest him, however, the terrorist was no match for him and knocked him unconscious.

Torres giving Sam Wilson an update

After regaining his consciousness, Torres texted and then video-called Sam Wilson, updating him on what happened with the Flag Smashers.[1]

Heading to Munich

Torres and Sam Wilson talking in the terminal

Returning back to the United States of America to the USAF base, Torres met with Sam Wilson and walked alongside him as they headed to the aircraft, and asked him what he thought of the new Captain America.

Torres and Sam Wilson flying into Germany

Torres took Wilson and Bucky Barnes to Germany on the military aircraft and watched Wilson jump out of it. He was surprised when Barnes followed without any flight gear.[2]

Helping Sam Wilson

After being asked by Sam Wilson to look up a woman named Donya Madani, Torres called Wilson telling him that she died and that she was residing in Riga, Latvia, prompting Wilson to travel there for clues.[3]

Torres and Sam Wilson in Latvia

Later, Torres met with Wilson and Bucky Barnes at the former Latvian GRC Resettlement Camp in Riga. Torres greeted Barnes and mentioned to him that he noticed he had gotten his sleeve back after ripping it off on the aircraft in Munich. After Barnes left them, Torres informed Wilson that Karli Morgenthau has been hiding since the brutal murder of a member of one of her teammates at the hands of John Walker. Torres also took an interest in looking at Wilson’s wings. Walking away with Captain America's shield, Wilson passed on his Falcon mantle over to Torres leaving him with the EXO-7 Falcon suit.

Torres video-chats with Sam Wilson

After getting a lead on the Flag Smashers, Torres video-called Wilson and told him the locations in which the Flag Smashers were planning to target, including that of New York City. Wilson deduced that the Flag Smashers were planning to attack the New York Global Repatriation Council building and thanked Torres for his intel.[4]

New Mantle

Torres watches his friend on the news

Still at work with the USAF, Torres watched from his laptop as his friend gave a speech as the new Captain America, in his new Captain America suit, following the defeat of the Flag Smashers and smiled, motivated by the speech.[5]

Personality

"Sometimes you gotta get your hands dirty, or a broken orbital."
―Joaquín Torres to Sam Wilson[src]

Torres is a genuine, friendly man. This is shown with his friendship with Sam Wilson, providing answers that help him on his missions and helping with transportation means. Torres is also very motivated and courageous, going to Switzerland on his own to investigate the Flag Smashers instead of waiting for backup.

Abilities

  • Expert Combatant: Due to extensive military training, Torres became a capable combatant. He easily overpowered a policeman with a jiu-jitsu movement.
  • Expert Marksman: Torres is skilled in wielding firearms, particularly pistols.
  • Multilingualism: Torres is fluent in English, Arabic, and German.

Equipment

Weapons

Other Equipment

"Wait, yo, you forgot the wings."
"Keep 'em."
―Joaquín Torres and Sam Wilson[src]

Vehicles

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Trivia

  • In the comics, Joaquín Torres was genetically infused with the DNA of Redwing by the Serpent Society, changing him into a human-falcon hybrid. When Sam Wilson became Captain America, Torres became the new Falcon.
  • Lieutenant Torres is a member of the 547th Intelligence Squadron, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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