Falcon, the story of the great successor to Captain America

Marvel's Falcon.

It came as a little character inside Captain America and the Winter Soldier and as the string of new releases grew, He was gaining strength until he starred in his own series within Disney+ (it premiered in March 2021). The so-called phase 4 had begun, which takes us to a threatened world in which we will not have the help of classics like Iron Man or Captain America, who have given way to other superheroes.

Sam Wilson's is the story of the typical superhero who cannot trust the supernatural power of radiation that led him to be immortal or invulnerable to bullets. Its value is found in a magical relationship with its Redwing that comes to cross the skies with the same wit as other characters that abound in comics. And that, at least according to what they tell us in his series, he had the opportunity to transform thanks to the same compound that made Steve Rogers the first avenger.

Be that as it may, here we bring you everything you need to know about Falcon, one of the characters that will have the most influence throughout the new phase that is opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that, in addition to a series in which he is a co-star, has become the heir to the glories of one of the main references of the first three phases of the UCM. So here we go...

The Key Falcon Comics

If you want to delve into Falcon and, above all, his journey in recent years as the protagonist of that MCU, then we are going to recommend some comics to find out about the background and circumstances surrounding the character. As for example, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier of the year 2020, made by Derek Landy and Federico Vicentini that brings us closer to what is the true relationship between the two protagonists of the Disney + series. here both Sam Wilson as Bucky Barnes will face the new head of HYDRA, one of Falcon's classic enemies.

Falcon comics.

But there is more. For example Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo – Born Better, from 2007 and created by Fabian Nicieza and Tom Grummett. In this volume the famous Baron Zemo (who joins Falcon and the Winter Soldier himself in the series) takes command of all the action and reveals a lot about what the mind of one of our hero's villains is like. If you can't get enough of this comic, try reading the one Winter Soldier 2012 yearby Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice, and Michael Lark. Here you will know a somewhat unknown facet of Bucky Barnes as heir to his old friend Steve Rogers, the best known Captain America.

Finally, it would not hurt to review the Falcon comic, from 2017 made by Rodney Barnes and Joshua Cassara in which Sam Wilson returns the role of Captain America to Steve Rogers to return to his role as Falcon. A kind of step back that will help you dive a little deeper into the mind of one of the most valued heroes by Marvel fans.

life before falcon

It won't be necessary to remember that Falcon's name is Sam Wilson. A character who had a special fondness for birds since he was little and that from very early on he began to train them. Unfortunately, his passage through adolescence was punctuated by episodes of racism, which he had to face and which would mark his personality. Like many heroes, in his origins a family misfortune occurs as his father dies after trying to stop a street fight.

Falcon from Marvel.

As if the problems were not few for this kid accustomed to the harshness of Harlem, two years later his mother will be assassinated by an assailant and he will fall into a deep depression and grief that will lead him to be "angry at the world." That will lead him to a path of perdition where his old jobs will be forgotten by the community and, after moving to Los Angeles, will become Snap Wilson, a dangerous professional criminal and member of a dangerous gang.

How is Falcon born?

As you can see, we are dealing with a hero with really turbulent beginnings, almost on a par with Batman, Spider-Man and others who have experienced family misfortunes. Yes indeed, won't have a wallet with a checkbook too deep, which will lead you to have to move through other less glamorous paths. Even so, the key to the creation of Falcon is in the hands of a villain who, at least in the MCU, we barely saw at the beginning of the Captain America movies. Specifically Red Skull.


Will he be the one thanks to the Cosmic Cube it will modify the reality of the character, Mentally merging Sam Wilson with Redwing, which will cause a link that will allow him to control time and concentration, giving him almost infinite power to control and command any bird on the planet. Together with Steve Rogers, Falcon will take shape with the characteristic red and silver suit and will learn the essential defense and attack movements that characterize him, accompanying Captain America in many of his adventures as his faithful companion. Though it won't be until long after that he really acquire the power to fly, thanks to the intercession of a Black Panther that will provide you with a special harness that will equip you with wings with which you can soar the skies.

The Age of Avengers

Although the story of the films changes substantially from the original plot lines, Falcon joins the Avengers in the comics to fight the threat of Scorpio. It will be there where Sam Wilson discovers his telepathic power to communicate with Redwing and the rest of the birds, with which he will be able to see through his eyes.

Falcon, with the Avengers.

It is for these times where Scarlet Witch acts to destabilize the Avengers and Falcon flashes back to his Snap Wilson days, committing some misdeeds that will have consequences. One of them will be to face Captain America and end up separated from him. Even so, it will be in the comics of House of m y Civil War when Falcon shows the strength of his commitment to Steve Rogers by refusing to submit to the Superhuman Registration Act. With Cap incapacitated, it will be Sam Wilson and his Falcon who become the new Captain America, leading the so-called group of Secret Avengers.

Falcon's Powers

As we have already told you, Falcon's main power has to do with his ability to act synchronously with Redwing and, almost by extension, with any other bird that crosses its path. It is a symbiosis that allows you to always have an aerial map of the field of operations, which makes it easier for you to act where necessary without being compromised by enemies.


It has to do with that empathic bond Professor X, who will confirm these abilities of Sam Wilson of which he came to say that they hurt “like hell; it hurts to be mentally fused with that hawk and be able to see through its eyes." This power not only works with specimens that are close to him, but can reach anyone who flies over (almost) the world. That allows him to have, according to his words, "more than six billion pairs of eyes in the United States" that can report any event that is taking place and, if necessary, invoke many of them to combat his side.

Even so, almost everyone believes that one of Falcon's powers is to fly. Actually, and As Buzz Lightyear would say, fall in style thanks to a harness handed out by Black Panther that was made in Wakanda. The place where some of the most incredible and powerful weapons in the entire Marvel universe are developed.

Falcon's Enemies

The list of enemies of Sam Wilson is not short but among all of them, surely we can highlight some names that are known for all the fans. Red Skull is, by far, the most determining factor in his life because it is thanks to him that he has that telepathic power with birds. Even so, we also have Helmut Zemo, or Baron Zemo, who appears in the series of Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a punctual ally in his battle against the Sin Banderas.

The Sinister Six are other of Falcon's enemies, although many identify them more with Spider-Man due to the presence of the Vulture, Lizard, Electro, Doctor Octopuss, etc. They also have a prominent role as supervillains of Sam Wilson, Mysterio himself, or Arnim Zola, the HYDRA scientist that we met in Captain America the First AvengerAlso in the winter soldier and even in some episodes of that What If...? that you have available on Disney +.

Thanos with the Heart of the Universe

Finally, we have to remember two names that many of you will know very well, such as Doctor Doom, the main villain of The Fantastic 4, or Taskmaster (yes, the same one from Black Widow), and that Thanos who by the work and grace of the MCU is right now one of the best known for a planet that held its breath when in Avengers Infinity War made half of the living beings in the galaxy disappear with a simple snap.

Your partners

Although we have Falcon as a taciturn, lonely character with his head always on the verge of falling to the dark side, has actually had time to enjoy a partner which is well known to most fans of the character. Or do you not recognize it?

Mary Hill.

Exactly! It's about María Hill, former director of the planetary defense and intelligence service, better known by its English acronym SHIELD. Surely you remember her from her appearances alongside Nick Fury, although it was in the year 2000 when the general public discovered it thanks to the comics of Civil War y Secret Invasion.

Captain America returns

Although in the comics the story of Sam Wilson is an accumulation of comings and goings and arguments that tell us about the bond that unites Falcon with Captain America, the last thing we can cling to has to do with the series who stars on Disney+ alongside the Winter Soldier. In it, far from watching Cap's legacy be trampled on by John Walker (the future USA Agent), he will decide to adopt the role that practically everyone asks him to play.

Falcon as Captain America.

And that is none other than become the new captain america after the events of Avengers Endgame where old Steve Rogers hands over the baton to who he believes to be his most faithful squire. We will see the importance that it takes on in phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how the threats will evolve that, right now, do not seem as clear as in previous stages where Thanos was already appearing from the beginning. Surely, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, let's begin to know more about that story arc that Disney prepares us for the coming years.

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