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Information-silkReal Name Samuel Thomas Wilson
Information-silkCurrent AliasCaptain America
Information-silkAliases"Snap" Wilson, Sam Wilson, (formerly) Falcon, Blackbird, Blackwing, Brother Superhero
Information-silkEditorial NamesAll-New Captain America, Formerly Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty
Information-silkRelativesPaul Wilson (father, deceased); Darlene Wilson (mother, deceased); Sarah Wilson (sister), Gideon Wilson (brother); Jim Wilson (nephew, deceased); Jody Casper (nephew)
Information-silkAffiliation
Information-silkBase Of OperationsS.H.I.E.L.D. Station Golgotha, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Gem Theater, Manhattan, New York City, New York; S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
Status
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer, crime fighter; former freelance artist, Social Worker, urban planner
Information-silkEducationHigh school dropout, later extensively self-educated[1]
Characteristics[2]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight6' 2"
Information-silkWeight240 lbs (109 kg)
Information-silkEyesBrown
Information-silkHairBlack
Origin
Information-silkOriginAs a pawn of the Red Skull, Wilson was rescued and de-programmed by Captain America.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthNew York City, New York
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Gene Colan
First Appearance
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Quote1 There are days that are the worst days. There are days that tear hope down and stamp on it. Days when the horror gets so thick you think you might drown. But even on those days, we can stand up. We can fight. We can rise. And I will stand and fight and rise alongside you. My name's Sam Wilson. I'm Captain America. And that's what I do. Quote2
-- Sam Wilson src 

Origin

Sam Wilson grew up in a tough Harlem neighborhood. His father, a minister, had been killed trying to stop a fight. Sam did his best to try and do the right thing, but his grief and anger eventually led him down a criminal path. He took on the name of "Snap" Wilson while working for the mob.

After an assignment, on the way to Rio de Janeiro, Sam's plane crashed on a remote Caribbean island named Exile where the Red Skull and his henchmen were hiding out. The Red Skull sought to use Wilson as a pawn to attack Captain America (who was currently on the island) with. He used the Cosmic Cube to revert 'Snap' into Sam, and give him the ability to telepathically communicate with birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named Redwing. After their initial skirmish, Cap was able to free Wilson from the Skull's programming. Together they defeated the Skull, and the Falcon became Cap's partner for a long time. It was later revealed that the 'Snap' persona had entirely been a construction of the Red Skull to manipulate Wilson, and in fact he had never been a criminal at all.

Wilson received help from the Black Panther, who created a harness for Wilson, allowing him to fly.[3] When Rogers briefly abandoned his Captain America identity, others attempted to take up the mantle, including a young man named Roscoe whom the Falcon mentored. When the Red Skull eventually killed Roscoe, Rogers again became Captain America[4].

The Falcon ultimately left as Cap's partner when he was named the leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Super-Agents.

Later, as one of the few black superheroes active, he was drafted to join the Avengers by Henry Peter Gyrich to fill a quota. Resenting being a "token," he quit at the first opportunity.

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Falcon with hard light wings

At one point, a Sentinel chased him believing him to be a mutant, but this was later debunked and the Sentinel was presumed to have been malfunctioning. Shortly following this incident he came across, fought and defeated the super villain named Electro.

Avengers Disassembled

The insane Scarlet Witch accidentally destabilized the Falcon's mind, pushing him back towards his "Snap" persona, and while he continued to work with Captain America, their relationship became strained, until, finally, Cap felt that he had no choice but to stop working with him. While Falcon argued, a man who the "new" Falcon had forced from his home to use as a safehouse shot Cap in the back (while aiming at Falcon). Thinking Cap dead, Falcon cleaned himself up and went after the so-called "Anti-Cap," who had been causing problems for them both.

Civil War

He helped Cap track down the Winter Soldier. He was the first to join with Captain America against the Superhuman Registration Act, and played a leadership role in the Secret Avengers. Following Captain America's assassination by the machinations of the Red Skull, the Falcon registered with the government and was made responsible for Harlem, although he remained in contact with the underground New Avengers.

Afterwards, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited the Falcon and agent Sharon Carter to investigate the Captain's assassination by locating the Winter Soldier and tracking down the Red Skull.

Joining the Avengers

He later rejoined the Avengers in Tony Stark's initiative to expand the team's roster and become bigger.[5]

Iron Nail

When Cap returned from Dimension Z, he knew Zola's daughter Jet Zola. Then, he and Steve were sent to Nrosvekistan to prevent Nuke from causing World War III. There, Sam rescued Daily Bugle's reporter Samantha Chan, whose photos were manipulated by Ran Shen to let people think that Captain America was Nuke's accomplice.[6] Then, Falcon was victim of the explosion of the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier caused by Nuke. Maria Hill thought Sam was dead, but Jet, thanks to her super-senses, saw Wilson, telling Cap that he was wounded but not dead.[7] Then, Sam helped Cap and the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents fighting super-weapon Gungnir, released by Ran Shen and Dr. Mindbubble. During the final fight between Cap and Iron Nail, Steve was deprived of the Super-Soldier Serum, quickly aging into an old man, being saved by Sam from inside a collapsing Gungnir.[8]

The Tomorrow Man

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Falcon saving New York by Arnim Zola's bomb.

After the Gungnir battle, Sam woke up in the morning and was shocked by the vision of Jet in his bed. Remembering the evening before, Wilson and Zola's daughter got drunk drinking wine, and than had some fun. Jet woke up as well, saying that what happened in the night was her "first time", saying she'd like doing it again. Then, she said to Falcon that she started to like him.

While hugging, Jet saw her father tower in the middle of New York.[9] Sam and Jet went right to it, communicating to the Avengers that Zola was attacking the city with his Mutates, with Jet believing it was a distraction. Zola's daughter still suggested to Steve and the whole team to fight Zola's army in any case, while her and Falcon were going to neutralize Arnim from the inside. While they were in the tower, Falcon and Jet discovered an imprisoned Sharon Carter, freeing her and then getting to Zola himself.[10] There, Falcon and Jet started fighting him, in the tower and then in NY's streets. When a back from the dead Ian Zola discovered that Zola's secret plan was a bomb powerful enough to blow up the entire city, and neither Iron Man or Thor could face the problem because of the Unvengers, Falcon stepped up, took the bomb and brought it out of the city, in the sky.

Samuel Wilson (Earth-616) from Captain America Vol 7 25 001

All-New Captain America

The bomb blew up, with everyone thinking Sam to be dead, including a crying Jet Zola.[11] But after all, Sam was still alive, thanks to his Stark-branded Vibranium wings that absorbed most of the power of the bomb. Jet hugged him, joyful, but then Sharon Carter accused her to be an accomplice of her father, plotting with him to neutralize Cap and steal the Avengers' DNA to create the Unvengers. Jet, hurt by what Agent 13 said, rejoined his father. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers gave up as Captain America, as the Serum was not in his body anymore, and with probably every Avenger seeing it, he gave his legacy to Sam himself, that became the All-New Captain America. Ian decided to join Sam as a companion in his missions, under the name of Nomad.[12]

All-New Captain America

Sam's first mission as the new Captain America consisted of neutralizing a new Hydra basement in Ecuador with the help of an undercover Nomad. After confronting Batroc the Leaper, who was guarding a machine draining blood from a child, Captain America and Nomad fled with the boy to a elevator, which led them to the new Hydra, comprised by several of Cap's most deadly foes, such as Baron Zemo, Crossbones, and Taskmaster.[13] Facing impossible odds, Nomad forced Sam to flee with the kid, while he remained fighting the villains. The elevator had teleported them to Bagalia, where Hydra had established. The kid revealed himself to be a Hydra agent, and shot Sam, who was soon pinned down and confronted by Crossbones, despite his state. Misty Knight, who was working undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D., saved Sam, and revealed to him that Hydra had infiltrated numerous critical teams from the super hero community, and told him to not trust anyone.[14]

After locating Zemo's palace, Captain America discovered the corpse of Nomad, and blamed himself for his death. As he and Misty were planning on how to stop Hydra, Sam used the same elevator that led him to Bagalia and found himself teleported to France, during WWII, where modern-day Hydra soldiers were engaging Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos. Realizing it was part of an illusion, created through holographic technology, Sam encountered Sin, who taunted Sam about his past, and how his heroic career had been a result of Red Skull's meddlings. Sin blackmailed Sam into jumping off a cliff without his wings, or she would contact the Sisters of Sin to murder Sam's loved ones. However, Redwing had tracked them and took Sam's wings, using them to rescue Sam. Captain America fought and defeated Sin, seemingly killing her when he destroyed a bomb she was about to launch.[15]

Then, Sam used the Infinite Elevator again to reach Hydra's base in India, where he was ambushed by Armadillo and King Cobra. While being strangled by Cobra, Sam convinced Armadillo to help him, promising to help him in return. Armadillo knocked Cobra out and told Cap about Hydra's plan, that was to spread the kid, a NuHuman named Lucas, blood worldwide through bombs which would be launched into the atmosphere. Armadillo warned Sam to take down the bomb in Florida first, as it contained fleas full of Lucas' blood. As his new ally took India's bomb to the desert to burn it, Sam used the Infinite Elevator once more, meeting Misty Knight, who had already neutralized Hydra's bomb in Madripoor, there. He sent her to the Moscow's base while he went to the Florida's to fight Zemo. He took advantage of the Hydra agents, who were listening Zemo's premature victory speech, to knock out Crossbones and the pilot of the ship containing the pod with the fleas. Captain America was then attacked by Zemo, who only wanted to distract him as Lucas entered and activated the ship, continuing the plan. Cap realized what Zemo was doing and tried to stop Lucas, but Zemo was able to take him down.[16]

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Sam uses his telepathic link with birds to thwart Zemo's plan.

Weakened, Cap was stabbed by Zemo, but was able to fight back, hitting Zemo with his own sword's hilt. With the fleas and ticks already realesed, there was no possible way to defeat Hydra, so Sam started to think in a impossible solution to solve the problem. While being hit by Zemo, Cap focused and used his telepathic link with birds to make them eat the fleas infect with Lucas' blood. Enraged, Zemo tried to decapitate him, but was hit by a surprisingly alive Nomad, buying Sam enough time to save Lucas' life as he was piloting a damaged aircraft that was going to crash. Afterwards, Sam knocked out Zemo with his shield and asked how Ian had survived. Ian explained it had something to do with the bio-gel Zola made him with, as long as he had a supply of it within his armor, his body would fix itself, later claiming he discovered it when he fell into a vat of the bio-gel after being shot in the neck by his mom.[17][18] After telling Sam Hydra's contingency plan to spread Ian's blood worldwide (in which Baron Blood, who drank a lot of Lucas' blood, was going to self-detonate in the atmosphere), they both went to take the Infinite Elevator to France, but were abruptly attacked by Batroc, who had survived his fall. Ian stayed behind to deal with him as Sam went to deal with Baron Blood.

Once in France, Sam commanded Redwing to find the vampire as he handcuffed Lucas in a light pole. Leaving the boy behind, Sam used his telepathic link with Redwing to see where the vampire was, and realized he already had sensed Redwing's presence there. Cap flew to where Blood was only to find his friend fallen.[19] Captain America followed Baron Blood through Paris and hit him with his shield, the two falling into a building as the result. Blood used his powers to get rid of Sam and escaped to the atmosphere above. Cap followed him again and attacked him with his shield, breaking some teeths, which Baron Blood responded by spitting some of Lucas' blood into his mouth, infecting him. With his dream of having a family destroyed, Sam fought mercilessly against Blood, knocking him out. Sam then took off the bombs wrapped on Blood's body and left him floating in space to be recovered by S.H.I.E.L.D. later.

Sam free fell into the ocean below and was rescued by Misty Knight.In her ship, Sam discovered Misty had taken Lucas from France and rescued Redwing, who now had red glowing eyes. Sam was then given the cure to the toxin in Lucas' blood, which Misty had taken from Viper way back in Madripoor. Sam thanked her, which she responded by kissing him. Embarrassed by the kiss, Sam left to find Nomad, but, before he departed, he asked if Misty had Lucas over control, which she answered saying she would drop him off with S.H.I.E.L.D. In a base of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sam learned that Hydra's Florida base had been destroyed and no one made it out before the detonation. Even against the odds, Sam, Steve and Sharon believed Ian had survived. Sam then pick a quarrel with Nick Fury for Hydra having operated without his knowledge. He asked him if Misty brought Lucas to them, which he answered saying that Misty Knight didn't work for S.H.I.E.L.D.[20]

Power Grid [23]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 3
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills

Powers

  • Telepathic link: Sam was given the ability to telepathically link with birds endowed by the Red Skull using the Cosmic Cube. This link is strongest with his companion Redwing but he is also able to extend his empathic link to other birds making it possible for him to see through their eyes. He has also shown the ability to control birds. These abilities apply to the entirety of birds.
  • Nick Fury's intel classified him as power level 6.[21]
Power Grids
Official Ratings[22]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 3
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
Fan Ratings
Intelligence
 3
Strength
 3
Speed
 3
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills

Abilities

Master Martial Artist: Sam has been trained by Captain America in multiple martial arts making him a dangerous combatant. His skills enable him to defeat some of the greatest trained and skilled martial artists in the world such as multiple elite Spetsnaz soldiers at a time and superhumans as strong as the Wrecking Crew members.

Master Acrobat: He was was a skilled athlete in his youth to young adulthood and later underwent rigorous training in gymnastics and acrobatics with Captain America and his skills are roughly on par with Steve Rogers.

Master Aerialist: Sam is also an extraordinary aerialist due to his training with Captain America and to his own experimentation with his "hard light harness". Due to his abilities and experience in martial arts and aerialism, he is one of the best aerial fighters in the world exceeding the skill of other flyers such as Iron Man and Ms. Marvel.

Strength level

Peak human range. Falcon possesses the strength of a normal human of his age,build who engages in regular intensive exercise. Falcon is strong enough to lift about twice his body weight and can press lift up to approximately 480 lbs.

Equipment

  • Falcon's Wings/Captain America Uniform: Black Panther supplied Falcon with a new costume and wings. An emitter array on Falcon's back creates holographic "hard light" wings with a maximum wingspan of up to 50 feet (15 m). Controlled by a cybernetic link, the wings can be instantly reconfigured into "dozens of different cruise configurations". A "magnetic drive", in turn, provides the thrust needed to get Falcon airborne. The emitter also possesses GPS Jamming Devices that prevent satellite tracking, while the hard-light wings interfere with infra-red tracking. A Vibranium microweave was added to the costume itself, making Falcon resistant to small arms fire. The entire system is controlled mentally through cybernetic circuitry in the Falcon's mask. The costume has in the past featured a hidden "talon," a cybernetically controlled grappling line built into the gauntlets of his costume which he uses to entangle opponents, hook objects, or for swinging and climbing when his wings are detached. The costume's visors come equipped with various capabilities, including infrared lenses, giving him the ability to see objects by their infrared signature at night, magnification capabilities, and remote imaging sensors that allow a full 360 degree of vision when activated. The cowl also has a wide band receiver and transmitter with an unspecified range. The suit was originally built by Wakandan scientists, with costume modifications by Desmond Burrell. The wings have been modified by Tony Stark, as Sam said after saving New York from Zola's bomb, making them in full-vibranium: they've been capable of absorbing the whole explosive power of the bomb, saving Falcon from certain death. [11]
  • Avengers Identicard.
  • Captain America's Shield

Transportation

Formerly Avengers Quinjet

Weapons

formerly Cable claw in his right gauntlet and a pistol

  • The Falcon (Sam "Snap" Wilson) was created in 1969 and frequently teamed up with Captain America and later joined the Avengers. As the protector of Harlem, the Falcon has come into conflict with Harlem crime-bosses Stone-Face and Morgan.
  • The Falcon initially started out as a non-flying superhero with a trained falcon, Redwing, but eventually he had wings made of Wakandan design, which he has retained over the years.
  • The Falcon has been a frequent partner of Captain America, and has intermittently been a member of the Avengers, having first been brought in by Henry Peter Gyrich in an attempt to make the group more racially integrated.
  • The Falcon is one of the first African American superheroes. His nephew was the Hulk's sometime sidekick Jim Wilson, one of the first openly HIV-positive Marvel characters (now deceased).
  • Wilson is the to date only publicly known black successor Captain America (as established in Captain America Sentinel of Liberty 6-8.) Bradley was never officially recognized in the role of Captain America, though some list Bradley as the "black" Captain America.
  • While the public of the Marvel Universe knows that there was a black successor Cap while Rogers was injured, none know that it was Wilson who succeeded Rogers in the role. While Rogers even told Wilson to continue on in the role with his blessings, Wilson returned the role to Rogers feeling inadequate in the role. This would explain why whenever the opportunity to succeed Rogers comes up, Wilson continues to avoid it and allow others to assume the role.
  • Captain America Vol 1 117 (September 1969) - First appearance of the Falcon, and his first encounter with Captain America
  • Captain America Vol 1 126 (June 1970) - "The Fate of the Falcon"
  • Captain America Vol 1 133 (January 1971) - Captain American and the Falcon become partners
  • Captain America Vol 1 170 (February 1974) - The Black Panther and Wakandan scientists create artificial wings for the Falcon, providing him with the power of flight
  • Avengers Vol 1 181 (March 1979) - The Falcon is drafted into the Avengers under orders from Henry Peter Gyrich, in order to satisfy a racial quota
  • Falcon Vol 1 (November 1983-February 1984) - four issue miniseries by Jim Owsley (a.k.a. Christopher Priest); falsely implied that Sam Wilson is a mutant
  • Onslaught Marvel Universe Vol 1 1 (October 1996) - Bruce Banner (minus his Hulk persona), Dr. Doom, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers (including the Falcon) are presumed to have been killed by Onslaught. In reality, they begin a year-long sojourn on an alternate "Counter-Earth" subconsciously created by Franklin Richards
  • Captain America Vol 2 1-12 (November 1996-October 1997) - On Counter-Earth, Sam Wilson is shot and gravely wounded, but Captain America saves his life by giving him a transfusion of the Super-Soldier's own blood. Consequently, Wilson gains superhuman abilities comparable to those of Captain America. His military nickname, "The Falcon", becomes his superhero code name ("Heroes Reborn" series)
  • Avengers Vol 3 1-3 (February-April 1998) - The Falcon and every other living Avenger (past or present) are part of a medieval reality ruled by Morgan le Fay (his Super-Soldier powers from "Heroes Reborn" are gone)
  • Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty Vol 1 9 (May 1999) - In a flashback tale that predates his receipt of the artificial wings from the Black Panther, the Falcon temporarily replaces a seriously wounded Steve Rogers as Captain America
  • Avengers Vol 3 64 (April 2003) - Spotlight on the Falcon, who confronts Henry Peter Gyrich after years of resentment; power to see through the eyes of avian lifeforms is revealed
  • Avengers Vol 3 65-70 (May-September 2003) - "Red Zone" - The Falcon and the Avengers foil the Red Skull's plot to frame the nation of Wakanda for a biological terrorist attack upon the United States
  • Captain America and The Falcon Vol 1 1 (May 2004-June 2005) - a series by Christopher Priest; marks the first time that the Falcon shares equal billing with Captain America in both name and importance to the plot
  • Ultimate Nightmare Vol 1 1 (October 2004) - first appearance of the Ultimate Universe version of Sam Wilson, a brilliant scientist who has served in the intelligence community with Nick Fury
  • Ultimate Vision Vol 1 (January-February 2006) - In the Ultimate Universe, the sentient extraterrestrial robot known as "The Vision" explains the history of Gah Lak Tus to Sam Wilson, and warns of its approach toward Earth (presented as a six-part back-up story in Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1 86-88, Ultimate X-Men Vol 1 65, and Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 1 25-26)
  • New Avengers Vol 1 21 (August 2006) - The Falcon becomes Captain America's first ally against the Superhuman Registration Act
  • All-New Captain America Vol 1 (2014-ongoing) - The adventures of the All-New Cap, now Sam Wilson himself, that leaves his Falcon identity to become the heir of his mentor Steve Rogers.

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