So, you think you know all there is to know about Sam Wilson? Well, think again.
We’re here to break down everything you need to know about the Falcon, the ‘s in the sky.
From his military background, his book depictions, to his relationships with the and , here’s everything you need to know about Sam Wilson. Make sure you know your stuff ahead of March 19th, when The Falcon and the launches!
Origins of Sam Wilson in MCU
When did Sam Wilson first appear in the MCU?
Wilson first joined the way back in 2014, when he was introduced in : The . The flying quickly demonstrated the importance of superheroes that aren’t armed with magical abilities or super high-tech suits (although some reports say Iron Man will heavily inspire Wilson’s new suit).
Since his appearance in The , Sam has since become a crucial part of the and appeared in five other movies as well as a cameo picture in Spider-Man: Far From Home. These include huge crossover films like Avengers: and Avengers: Endgame.
He’s clearly made an impact as fans can get a ton of Falcon merchandise! Sam Wilson has become a beloved part of the , so it’s no surprise he’s soon set to star in his own + , The Falcon and the .
How does Sam Wilson’s origins in the MCU differ from his origins in the books?
Broadly speaking, the book counterpart. However, his backstory is wildly different and pretty interesting! Long before he takes up the , book Sam starts off life as a criminal after growing up in a rough neighborhood where both of his parents are killed. He works for the mob and takes the name “Snap”. of Sam Wilson is pretty similar to his
Eventually, he ends up crashing on an island where a long-time The Red Skull, was hiding out. Red Skull aims to use the as a pawn to get to Steve Rogers, using a to grant him the ability to talk to birds (in particular, a falcon named Redwing). ultimately frees Wilson from the Skull’s mind control, and the two team-up. foe,
From then on, Sam takes on the mantle of The Falcon. He even gets given a harness by fellow which helps him to fly. Notably, Wilson’s past as a criminal was later ret-conned by , who revealed that The Red Skull created his “Snap” personality to manipulate him, and he was never a criminal at all.
In the MCU, however, Sam Wilson is pretty different. The is introduced as an ex-American Air Force pilot during the events of : The . He retired from the armed forces after his partner Riley was shot out of the sky in front of him. Notably, is part of his backstory in the as, along with Riley, he was the test pilot for the wings.
When did Sam Wilson become an ?
As mentioned, Sam Wilson helps out Steve Rogers during the events of The . However, it isn’t until his next appearance that he’s officially considered an . After chasing down , Steve and Sam end on good terms, and he’s seemingly invited to join the team between the events of and Avengers: Age of . :
In the final scene of Age of is introduced as one of the team’s new members. The concludes with the formal introduction of Vision, Falcon, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch as members of the team for the first time.
As such, it’s fair to say that Age of marks the first time that Sam is officially considered a member of the Avengers, despite helping out in the previous . were overjoyed to see him appear during the ‘s climax, and he’s become a core part of the team ever since. would eventually expand on the relationship between him and ( ) after they got off to a rocky start during the events of : The .
Introduction of Sam Wilson as Falcon
How does Sam Wilson meet ?
Sam Wilson first encounters The . Sam has now returned home to America after his time in the US Air Force and works as a counselor for war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. during the events of
He meets Steve Rogers in a pretty amusing way as the two men are both out for a morning jog in Washington DC. Wilson is obviously incredibly physically fit, having served in the Air Force for several years. However, even he can’t keep up with the super-soldier himself, and Wilson becomes frustrated with Cap, who laps him again and again, saying “on your left” each time.
The two strike up immediate chemistry and bond over their mutual difficulty readjusting to society after serving on the field. He invites . However, the two are thrust together as Steve and Natasha go on the run after finding out that SHIELD is secretly being run by HYDRA agents. Sam Wilson plays a vital role in helping the two fugitives as they go on the run. As he says: / Natasha Romanoff to come along to one of his support sessions before Steve is whisked off on a mission by
“Dude, needs my help. There’s no better reason to get back in.”
Why was Sam Wilson so important in The Falcon and the ?
Sam Wilson will play a key role in the new the . As with all movies, there are bound to be several references to past events such as and ‘s battle with and the second snap (enacted by the ). + , The Falcon and
However, undoubtedly the most crucial part of the the . We’ve already discussed how season two of the might change the title to and the . Sam is set to be the main driving force of the narrative as he comes to terms with the responsibility of becoming the world’s most patriotic . Indeed, things aren’t going to be easy for the as it seems the Government has other ideas about who should be and how he should be used. will be Sam’s adoption of
John Walker / US Agent will become the Government’s new “Baron Zemo‘s return, a who played a huge role in : Civil War and who brainwashed Bucky and almost divided the Avengers forever. “, and the is thought to be playing an antagonistic role against Sam and ( ). Additionally, the two will have to deal with
The stakes are high for both Sam and Bucky in the new + , and both will play a huge role in the way the narrative concludes. has certainly given the two a lot of obstacles to overcome!
Who plays Sam Wilson in the MCU?
The delightful Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson. Mackie boasts a plethora of exciting acting credits, including an episode of the popular dark sci-fi show Black Mirror and as Martin Luther King Jr in the HBO drama All the Way.
However, Mackie has also been critical of the in the past. He spoke out on the company’s hiring policies in an interview with Variety, saying:
“When The Falcon and The comes out, I’m the lead. When Snowpiercer comes out, you’re the lead. We have the power and the ability to ask those questions.”
“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.”
“But then when you do , you have a Black director, Black producer, you have a Black costume designer, you have a Black stunt choreographer […] And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black , are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”
“Hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men.”
However, Mackie later clarified his comments and backtracked to some extent:
“I’ll say this: I don’t think what’s happening is a racism problem. I think it’s an unawareness problem. With , I really think with most companies, they feel like they’re doing what they should be doing. In no way, shape, or form, is it enough.”
“My big thing is, put your money where your mouth is. You can’t cast a Black dude as one of your main superheroes and not expect him to have that conversation. It’s just in my DNA to have that conversation [.[…] It’s a huge opportunity for me to be part of the so it’s my job to make sure the is as good as it can be.”
Sam Wilson’s missions as Falcon
What was Sam Wilson’s first mission as the Falcon?
Sam Wilson has been on his fair share of missions within the . The Falcon first joined , Nick Fury, and to take down HYDRA after it was revealed to have infiltrated SHIELD from the inside. As Steve clashes with his old friend — now going by the — Sam provides air support during the Battle at the Triskelion.
He then comes face to face with Brock Rumlow, otherwise known as Crossbones. Sam engages in a brutal fist-fight with the HYDRA-loving soldier but is ultimately bested by him. However, as a Helicarrier hurtles towards the building, Sam sprints for his life as an overconfident Rumlow is crushed by the falling building’s debris.
Sam next appears in Avengers: Age of in a pre-credits scene. He doesn’t actually take part in the mission to take down , and his appearance is more a signifier of his new status as an . Furthermore, he pops up in Ant-Man, defending the New Avengers facility from Scott Lang. Though, this can’t really be classified as a mission as it wasn’t exactly expected!
After his escape, Sam teams up with Steve and Natasha Romanoff once more as the team takes a mission from Nick Fury to track terrorist cells in Syria using alien weaponry. The three then live on the run for several years, doing good where they can, but unwelcome by the US Government.
However, Sam’s biggest mission was yet to come. He returns alongside a bearded Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glade (two agents of ). and blonde in Avengers: as the pair save Vision and Scarlet Witch from
He then takes part in the Battle of Wakanda alongside half of the Avengers. (The other half were on Titan fighting of the Galaxy). The battle is tough, but the tide changes when arrives with Groot and Rocket Raccoon. However, the sudden appearance of himself shakes the team, particularly after he murders Vision to obtain the mind stone. alongside most of the
Sam tries in vain to stop him, but with the power of the infinity gauntlet, the Mad Titan rips through him like paper. Then, in a moment that silenced every , he snaps his fingers and wipes out half of all life in the . Unfortunately, Sam Wilson is one of the victims of the “blip” and he vanishes in front of War Machine.
However, as well all know, this isn’t the end. After the snaps his big green fingers during Avengers: Endgame, Sam triumphantly returns to aid the Avengers in the final battle against . In fact, it is Sam who signifies that they’ve all returned, as he contacts Steve and repeats his iconic line back to him: ‘on your left’.
greatest scenes in cinematic history. then opens up many portals as the “snapped” Avengers all return in one of the
What side does Sam Wilson fight on in : Civil War?
Sam Wilson sides with his long-time friend Steve Rogers. He plays a pivotal role in the opening, where the Avengers once again clash with Crossbones in Nigeria. This is also where we’re formally introduced to the MCU version of Redwing, a Falcon drone.
Later, Sam agrees to help Steve locate and he even attends Peggy Carter’s funeral to support his friend. Steve and Sam locate Bucky, who now has more of his former personality once more. However, this comes crashing down when Zemo once again brainwashes him using his programming. This, along with the controversial introduction of the Sokovia accords to curtail superheroes acting without Government guidance, creates a civil war within the Avengers.
One side is led by , while the other follows . Sam sides with Cap alongside other heroes like , Wanda Maximoff, and Ant-Man. The battle is long and fierce and both Sam and Bucky end up going toe-to-toe with a new face: Spider-Man. However, they realize that it’s a losing battle and Steve and Bucky make their escape on a Quinnjet.
Things take a tragic turn when Vision fires a beam at Sam, who quickly dodges it. The attack then strikes War Machine / James Rhodes who hurtles towards the ground in a suit without power. Rhodey is left unconscious and paralyzed from the waist down. When mournful Sam apologies, blasts him away.
He’s then imprisoned with all of “team Cap” at the Raft prison, where he verbally spars with Tony Stark. If you want to see a slightly less tense version of these events, check out these Civil War bloopers!
What military background does Sam Wilson possess?
Sam Wilson reminds us why we love superheroes. This amazing has no powers to speak of, but he gets into the battle anyway. He shares this distinction with fellow Avengers , , and (to a lesser extent), .
However, what the Falcon possesses is a super-high-tech set of wings and a ton of military training. As previously mentioned, Sam is a US veteran as he served in the Air Force before the events of The . :
Wilson is thought to have gone on many missions and he even served in Afghanistan. He is notable for working with a “Wingman” named Riley who was sadly killed in front of Sam’s eyes while on duty. As he tells Steve when he asks him if he’s lost, someone:
“My wingman, Riley. Flying a night mission, standard PJ rescue op. Nothing we hadn’t done a thousand times before. ‘Til an RPG knocked Riley’s dumb ass out of the sky. Nothing I could do. Like I was up there just to watch.”
After the death of Riley, Sam retires from active duty. However, he stays involved with the military and works with fellow veterans suffering from PTSD.
Sam Wilson’s powers and abilities
What powers does the Falcon have?
As mentioned, the future the suits used by Tony Stark and James Rhodes. has no powers to speak of. However, his grants him several abilities in combat, similar to
The most obvious ability the Falcon has is flight. He is incredibly agile in the air and provides essential air support for the Avengers alongside other airborne teammates such as Vision and . Furthermore, the suit allows Sam to leverage his body weight to deliver powerful attacks that can knock down superpowered foes with ease.
Additionally, the EXO 7’s combat goggles offer Sam greater vision and the ability to see things from a great distance. All of these “powers” make Sam a phenomenal scout and an excellent addition to the Avengers.
However, Sam’s abilities don’t end there. His military background also gives him a plethora of useful skills such as being a master tactician and pilot. The latter skill will undoubtedly be essential when Wilson takes on the , as he’ll become the Avengers leader.
Finally, as with most members of the team, Sam Wilson is a skilled warrior. He’s both a fantastic hand-to-hand combatant and an expert in firearms, both of which make him a valuable addition to any Avengers lineup. These skills will undoubtedly make a big difference to his and The Falcon and the .‘ chances of beating Zemo in
How do Sam Wilson’s powers in the MCU differ from the Falcon’s powers in the books?
Sam Wilson’s powers and abilities in the comics are a little different from what we’ve seen in the . This is mainly due to his backstory being so different, as in the book Falcon was trained by , not the US military. As such, he’s been trained in several different forms of martial arts including karate and judo. This time has also seen him trained to be at peak human strength.
Additionally, his wings are slightly different in the . While in the MCU they are a piece of military equipment, in the comics they are supplied by . Additionally, they are eventually fully upgraded by Tony Stark to be completely made of vibranium, the near-unbreakable metal found in Wakanda. Otherwise, the wings are much like the wings, albeit with a bit more of a cartoonish design.
However, the biggest difference to the movies is undoubtedly Redwing (replaced by the drone in the MCU adaptations). However, Sam has been shown to be able to control all kinds of birds. Needless to say, this ability has never appeared in the MCU and likely never will, as this is essentially a force power. Sam’s power to speak to birds telepathically. He was granted this ability after he was exposed to the by ‘s arch-nemesis, The Red Skull. He mainly uses this to command his Falcon companion
Yet it is worth noting that rumors have it that Sam may end up being more superpowered in The Falcon and the , should the super serum return. However, we don’t want to see Sam turning into another version of Abomination!
What will Sam Wilson do with ?
Sam Wilson has already been spotted wielding the . As a quick reminder, the was given the shield by an old Steve Rogers who had gone back in time to spend his life with Peggy Carter. ‘s iconic shield in The Falcon and
Sam is now set to become the , which is incredibly exciting for fans of the . It’s worth noting that this change is straight out of the comics, as Falcon has been for quite a few years on the page.
However, it also reflects a push for more , something that actor Anthony Mackie is clearly passionate about. Having a diversityBlack is a fantastic step for the MCU and reflects a real attempt to foreground more heroes of color.
As for what Sam will do with Cap’s shield? We’d be surprised if he’s using it straight away, as the trailers seem to suggest that he will have to struggle against John Walker for the mantle before ultimately becoming the new Cap. It’s probably more likely that we’ll see scenes of both he and training with the shield before he ends up donning a new costume and using it in the finale.
We love Sam Wilson regardless of what mantle he’s using. The Falcon has become a beloved side- movies. We’re thrilled that he’s now stepping into the limelight and leading his own + as the] main . across many classic
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