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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Falcon from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Falcon (Marvel).
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On your left.
~ Sam to Steve in 2023, referencing the latter from The Winter Soldier.
You want to climb out of the hell you're in, do the work.
~ Sam to Bucky.
What would be the point of all the pain and sacrifice if I wasn't willing to stand up and keep fightin'?
~ Sam to Sarah.
I'm a black man carrying the stars and stripes. What don't I understand? Every time I pick this thing up, I know there are millions of people who are gonna hate me for it. Even now, here... I feel it. The stares, the judgment. And there's nothin' I can do to change it. Yet, I'm still here. No super serum, no blond hair, or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.
~ Sam Wilson to the public, being the new Captain America.

Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson, also known as the Falcon and later as Captain America, is a superhero and a major character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is a major character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, a supporting character in Ant-Man, and one of the titular protagonists (alongside Bucky Barnes) of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

A U.S. Air Force officer, Sam would become an ally to Captain America and Black Widow during the HYDRA uprising, and supported them in stopping Alexander Pierce. He would become a member of the new Avengers after the original team disbanded after the Ultron Defensive, but became a fugitive in helping Captain America save his best friend Bucky Barnes, and for not signing the Sokovia Accords. Sam participated in the clash of the Avengers and was sentenced to the Raft, but was freed by Steve alongside Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff, and Scott Lang. While on the run, Sam assisted Captain America and Black Widow in stopping terrorist cells before returning to help his allies try to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones.

The heroes failed to stop Thanos, however, and Sam was turned to dust alongside half of the universe. In 2023, Sam was resurrected by the Hulk and participated in the battle of Earth, where Iron Man sacrificed himself to stop Thanos and his army. After attending Stark's funeral, Sam was given the mantle of Captain America by an elderly Steve. Though grateful, Sam declined to take the mantle and gave it away to the Smithsonian Museum, but it was given to Captain John F. Walker. Despite his disgust with the decision, Sam focused on trying to stop the Flag Smashers, and decided to take the mantle after Walker murdered a Flag Smasher in cold blood. After stopping the Flag Smashers, Sam became the partner of Bucky and inspired a new generation of heroes by becoming the new Captain America.

Sam is portrayed by Anthony Mackie who also played Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix series Altered Carbon.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game, he was voiced by Bumper Robinson, who also voiced Bumblebee in Transformers: Animated, Terraspin and Rook Blonko in Ben 10 Omniverse, War Machine in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Ryan Kinkade in Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Personality

Don't look at me, I do what he does, just slower.
~ Sam Wilson to Nick Fury.

Sam Wilson is one of Captain 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. 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.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

EXO-7 Falcon: The EXO-7 is an experimental military winged jet pack used by former paratroopers Sam Wilson. Wilson obtained one of them to help Captain America stop the Insight Helicarriers and now uses an advanced version as a member of the Avengers. The jet and its accessories have granted him this following abilities:

  • Mechanical Wings: The EXO-7 can form mechanical wings used to aid in flight and for offensive and defensive purposes. Since the wings are bulletproof and flexible, they can form shields to block oncoming attacks. The wings are retractable and bendable, which allows them to also be used as blunt tools for melee combat.
  • Falcon demonstrates his incredible flying skill

    Flight: Using his specialized winged jetpack, Sam Wilson is able to fly faster than the speed of a jet, but with an enhanced degree of maneuverability and agility similar to that of an actual falcon. He was able to avoid automatic fire from an Insight Quinjet and the shots of the Insight Helicarriers' main weaponry. For safety reasons, the EXO-7 has a built-in parachute, in case it malfunctions or is severely damaged.
  • Falcon sends a man flying by using the momentum from his flight

    Enhanced Strength: The EXO-7 can enhance the physical strength of Sam Wilson. While designed for one person, the EXO-7 is capable of handling the weight of at least two full grown men for rescue operations. Sam's strength is also amplified by the wings and flight, allowing him to send opponents flying several feet or strike them with the force of a moving vehicle. The EXO-7 does this through the increase of force generated by physical strikes and impacts through increased momentum and acceleration. Without flight power or the extension of the wings, Sam's strength is not enhanced.
  • Falcon scanning for Ant-Man

    Enhanced Vision: The EXO-7's goggles allow Wilson to view in multiple spectrums and see objects that are either far away or too small to see for the naked eye.

Abilities

I'm more of a soldier than a spy.
~ Sam Wilson.
  • Military Training: Due to being in the United States Air Force, Sam received military training in hand-to-hand combat, weapon proficiency, and gained a peak human condition. He was able to use his skills from the Air Force when acting as as superhero, with the assistance of his EXO-7 Falcon and Captain America's shield.
  • Peak Human Condition: As a highly skilled and experienced soldier, Sam's bodily functions are at the top of human physical & mental conditioning (from frequent intense workouts, which he does while in and out of the military, and after he has become an avenger); therefore, his strength, speed, stamina, senses, agility, reflexes, accuracy, longevity, durability, intelligence, healing time, flexibility and combat skills are greatly heightened, but without any superhuman degree
    • Falcon effortlessly lifts Ant-Man up with one arm

      Peak Human Strength: Sam is extremely strong having intensively and regularly trained his body to its utmost limit. While biologically human, Sam is capable of applying strong force in his punches and kicks by using highly effective strength and muscle control. Hence, Sam was able to catch and pull Jasper Sitwell up, who is a full grown man as large as himself, while he is falling down from a roof top at high speed, caught Cap while he is falling down from the helicarrier. As well as effortlessly lift Scoot Lang ( in his Ant-Man suit ) up with one arm.
    • Peak Human Durability: Sam's rigorously trained physique was highly resilient augmented with the superbly increased resistance and protection of the EXO-7 and allowed Sam to survive being hit by attacks of dangerously powerful impact such as Winter Soldier's superhumanly strong strike and normal caliber bullets. Even without the suit, his natural durability is so good that he can be thrown through glass frames, thrown out of a moving car and hit the road without a scratch. More recently, he was able to tank multiple strikes from the superhumanly strong Ant-Man (while in his miniature form), and go through a thick metal door head first without being fazed or slowed down.
    • Peak Human Stamina: This ability enabled Sam to run for dozens of miles, fight for long periods of time, hold his breath underwater for minutes, and neither lose breath nor get exhausted. Additionally, he could exert himself at peak capacity for up to one hour without the need of rest and before showing any sign of fatigue.
    • Falcon dodges auto long-range dorsal, ventral guns and cannon's shot of the Helicarriers, demonstrating his formidable reflexes

      Peak Human Reflexes: Sam's reflexes are at the top of a man of his age, height, and build; this means that his reactions were superior to those of normal humans and are at the level of a peak human. He was able to dodge auto long-range dorsal, ventral guns and cannon's shot of the Helicarriers. He also reacted and avoid high-caliber bullets, missiles from a S.H.I.E.L.D quinjet.
  • Expert Acrobat: In order to withstand the equilibrium shifting caused by flight, Wilson is an expert acrobat. Many times during his battle with HYDRA, Wilson had to couple his acrobatic skills with his flight maneuvers to avoid being shot from the sky.
  • Expert Marksman: Wilson is a very accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting, as he has shown with his retractable sidearms and expertise with U.S. military firearms.
  • Expert Martial Artist: As a former member of the United States Armed Forces, Wilson is highly trained and skilled 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. He was able to subdue HYDRA operatives and hold his own against STRIKE leader Brock Rumlow, though he was unable to defeat him.
  • 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. He 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.
  • Master Pilot: Wilson displays the utmost skill when flying with his EXO wings; he can perform many advanced and complicated maneuvers while in midair.
  • Shield Mastery: When Sam decided to take on the mantle of Captain America, Wilson started to train with the shield and became highly skilled with it. He was able to ricochet the shield against surfaces, knock down several Flag Smashers in seconds, and combine the use of the shield with his EXO wings.

Equipment

Weapons

  • 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.
  • Steyr SPP: Falcon carries two of these machine pistols in the holsters of his EXO-7 suit. He uses them to great effect during the assault on the Helicarrier.
  • M4 Carbine: Wilson used the weapon to cover Captain America and Black Widow after being ambushed by mercenaries in Washington, D.C.
  • Captain America's Shield: After Captain America returned to the past to live with Peggy Carter, he passed the shield to Sam. After re-taking it from John Walker, Sam trained and became more capable with the shield and was able to combine his EXO-7 wings with them.

Relationships

Family

  • Paul Wilson † - Father
  • Darlene Wilson † - Mother
  • Sarah Wilson - Sister
  • Aunt †
  • Brother-in-Law †
  • AJ Wilson - Nephew
  • Cass Wilson - Nephew

Allies

Enemies

Video Game Only

  • R.A.I.D.
    • Sinthea Schmidt/Sin
    • Tony Masters/Taskmaster
    • Lancaster Sneed/Shockwave
  • Serpent Society
    • Klaus Voorhees/King Cobra
    • Gordon Fraley/Puff Adder
    • Rachel Leighton/Diamondback
  • U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.

Quotes

Don't look at me, I do what he does, just slower.
~ Falcon to Nick Fury.
I'm more of a soldier than a spy.
~ Falcon.
It's really important to me that Cap never finds out about this.
~ Falcon not wanting Captain America finding out he was defeated by Ant-Man.
I just wanna make sure we consider all our options. Because people who shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me, too.
~ Falcon to Captain America.
Way to go, tic-tac!
~ Falcon to Ant-Man.
Well, you better go get a bad cop, because you would have to go Mark Fuhrman on my ass to get information out of me.
~ Wilson to Stark in the Raft.
Thank you. I'll do my best.
~ Falcon to an elderly Steve, being passed his shield.
The legacy of that shield is complicated.
~ Falcon in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Subtle, got it.
~ Falcon to Major Hill on rescuing Captain Vassant.
I don't know if there's ever been a greater symbol. But it's more about the man who propped it up, and he's gone. So, today we honor Steve's legacy. But also, we look to the future. So, thank you, Captain America. But this belongs to you.
~ Sam giving the shield to the Smithsonian.
A good friend of mine once said, 'the price of freedom is high.' It always will be.
~ Falcon sighting Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Hey, this is what you're not gonna do, you're not gonna come here in your overextended life and tell me about my rights!
~ Sam to Bucky on giving up the shield.
Hey, come on, man. I'm just messing with you. Come back. Look at you. All stealthy. A little time in Wakanda and you come out White Panther.
~ Sam to Bucky.
That little girl kicked your a**.
~ Falcon to Bucky.
John Walker: I'm not trying to be Steve. I'm not trying to replace Steve. I'm just trying to be the best Captain America I can be. That's it. It'd be a whole lot easier if I had Cap's wingmen on my side.
Sam Wilson: It's always that last line.
~ John Walker and Sam Wilson.
So you're telling me that there was a black super soldier decades ago, and nobody knew about it?
~ Sam to Bucky on Isiah Bradley and the African-American super soldiers.
Can you accept that I did what I thought was right?
~ Sam to Bucky.
We don't want anyone else to get hurt. John... you gotta give me the shield, man.
~ Falcon to Walker.
You want to climb out of the hell you're in, do the work.
~ Sam to Bucky.

Trivia

  • In the comics, Sam Wilson is 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 Red Skull. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered with the ability to speak telepathically with birds. He is also the uncle of Jim Wilson, who appeared in The Incredible Hulk. Sam eventually took over as the new Captain America.
  • Falcon's suit in the film is more similar to the suit of his Ultimate comics variant than that of his Mainstream Universe version.
  • Falcon was the first African American superhero in mainstream comics.
  • It was considered for Falcon to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home as the new Captain America to help Peter on his adventure, but it was dropped due to wanting to focus on the arc of a new generation of heroes.

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