It’s time. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the finale is on its way this week, and Sam Wilson will finally take on the role he previously hesitated. For the first time ever, the Falcon will wear all new colors and soar into a new battle wielding the very shield given to it by its former wearer and representative. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will receive a new Captain America, and this will be the start of the future line of superheroes that will be introduced in the franchise throughout future original and subsequent films or television productions.
But, have a new one Captain America will not be the same as when Steve Rogers was there. Sam Wilson admired Steve as he went against all odds to support his take on the accords, even if that meant being labeled as a fugitive and staying away from his family. But, now, as he assumes his role, along with his ideals and beliefs, he will have to differ from what Steve was as Captain America. While the fundamental rationale for the need for a changed and different personality surrounding Cap’s mantle has to do with Wilson’s being a person of color (the implications of which have been explored throughout the series), but also because Sam is not a super-soldier. So these two iterations of the same superhero figure. How? ‘Or’ What?
Sam Wilson could be on opposing political grounds.
Sam Wilson’s character arc has gone in a different direction than a Legal Avenger since Captain America: Civil War. Even after coming back to life after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam faces family problems, financial loss, and utter disregard for his vengeful acts due to racial prejudice. It even led to authorities removing Cap’s coat from him, which had been given to him by Rogers himself. On top of that, upon hearing the story of Isaiah Bradley, Sam learned about the horrific treatment of his people at the hands of American white supremacist ideals and their advocates.
We witnessed in the previous episode that Sam took this up as a challenge. He decided to prove his worth rather than give up his duty. He followed Steve’s idea of simply trusting your own good, even if the whole world is deprived of it. He trains his body and mind, gaining control over the use of the shield in combat and, in the end, prepares to wear his new colors and fight against the Flag Smashers. But that doesn’t mean Sam has totally given in to Captain America’s mantle and the principles associated with it. Steve Rogers served his nation with pride and selflessness, and tried to live up to what was right. But, for Sam and his people, that definition would be different. He should convince the world to make a change in their outdated ideology and fight against the divided politics across the world that has come into this new world order.
Isaiah Bradley told him that no self-respecting black man would ever become Captain America. While on the one hand, Sam must fight against white supremacy, he must also fight the growing hatred among his people to help achieve peace. He believes that this is a new world and that repairs can be made to the mistakes of the past. Since Bradley has explicitly said how disrespectful he would be to the community if a black person became Captain America, Sam wouldn’t necessarily be a hero to his own people who share that same belief as Bradley.
So, Sam would have to find his own political principles and try to bring the two factions to a common point. He should gain the support and trust of the people, as well as the authorities, to bring about a change in the world and end the pestilential prejudices based on race and color in the world.
Sam will remain Falcon (in a sense).
One of the concerns Sam Wilson would face would be the lack of brute strength. Sam is a former military pararescue, so he knows how to act in combat and he’s surely nimble enough to fight. His skills as a combat specialist are undoubtedly remarkable, as the US Army entrusted him with the operation of the Exo-Falcon suit, the one he “borrowed” during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But he’s not a super-soldier. But, he has wings.
Although Sam now has Cap’s shield, he won’t give up his Falcon wings. Sam now has a new costume, courtesy of Wakanda, to take on his enemies. The costume would surely be an upgrade from its predecessor and would definitely be more tech-focused since it is about Wakandan. Plus, it’s probably made from Vibranium. This will definitely give him a superior advantage since he’s not a super soldier. Flight is in Sam’s nature. Being a former pararescue, who generally mastered the use of the Falcon suit, he could still use the wings of his helper. We’ve seen him use his suit to perform precise turns on his enemies and even use them as a protective shield.
In Civil war and in Infinity war, we saw Sam use the flight to launch long-range attacks on his enemies. With the shield combined with his wings, he would be able to make quick movements between long and close range attacks whenever needed. Although his long-range attacks are mostly lethal shots, he would be able to engage in fierce brawls with his opponents.
The use of technology.
Tech has been Falcon’s friend since his costume was enhanced by Stark technology during his time with the Avengers. His connection to Red Wing, his AI-based robot bird, helps him mark targets, spot enemy locations, and even activate destruction shots. Now that his new suit has Wakandan technology, he will do some serious damage to his opponents. Vibranium has absorption powers, which allows motorized suits to absorb and then release energy in the form of armed beams on opponents, as T’Challa did (hopefully the new suit of Sam will have this functionality). Even though the new suit does not have this feature, the Wakandan technology is much more advanced and superior than the rest of the world, which will allow Sam to be more fierce and brutal if necessary.
A winged vibranium suit and a vibranium shield that he can throw like a frisbee. What if Sam could have the magnetic glove to recall the shield, like Steve did Avengers: Age of Ultron, that would be just amazing.
Sam should fight harder.
In his fight against the group of super soldiers and future villains, Sam would have to use his agility and speed as well as his control over the new suit to gain the upper hand. He knows how to use the suit in different combat tactics and can literally stab enemies with his wings.
So, he would have to use the combination of technology from his new costume, as well as his combat skills from his military and Avengers days to take on future enemies. The shield could of course come in handy as both a defense and an attack.
Sam trained well, as we saw in the previous episode. He’s preparing to be quick, active, and as physically strong as possible to take on the brutal blows of the Super Soldiers he’s about to face. Yes, he has a tech aid from his suit, as a former soldier he knows his body will do the heavy lifting. It will be amazing to see him now in a brand new avatar and land a few hits on enemies as the new Captain America.
Additionally, as he needs to establish a new legacy for the Captain America name, he should bypass some existing rules and push US politics to create new ones in order to resist racial prejudice. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will end on Friday with the final episode which will air exclusively on Disney +. The art of the topper was created by @ ultraraw26 on Instagram.
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