Falcon has been a beacon of hope and friendship for Captain America. Ever since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the only person that has stayed by Cap’s side at all times and helped the Avengers undertake countless successful missions is Falcon aka Sam Wilson of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The departure of Chris Evans aka the one true Captain America was a blow to many but was inevitable.
Avengers: Endgame will be Chris Evans’ last ride as the Super Soldier. After him, Marvel has to look for a replacement to fill those ancient shoes. And we believe that the new Captain America is someone that has been in front of us all the time without even us noticing. Falcon could become Captain America’s successor and we have so many reasons to support our claim. Presenting – 10 reasons why Falcon should be MCU’s next Captain America!!
10. He is loyal
Whatever you throw at Captain America’s way, the first one to take the brunt of it is always Falcon. In The Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson is a retired war veteran trying to deal with the traumatic memories of his experience as a soldier fighting in a foreign land. He despised warfare but the moment Steve Rogers asked for his help, he let all of his PTSD go and put back his wings and aided Cap in his fight. When Captain America was declared a fugitive, Sam followed him to the ends of the Earth and even fought Team Stark.
Although the fight was actually for capturing Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier (someone that Sam had not even met before Civil War), Sam still decided to shed blood for Cap just because he needed his help. Sam’s unwavering loyalty and sense of friendship are what makes him Steve Rogers’ true successor.
9. Better tech
Let us be honest, a Shield is a weapon that looks good only on paper. Sure the shield might be made out of the hardest and strongest metal on Earth and can withstand nuclear blasts as well as defy laws of physics when thrown, but in a nutshell – it is still a shield. You can do only so much with a flying, indestructible Frisbee. But Falcon is not limited to that. He has his wings.
He can take to the skies and outmaneuver his enemies, something Captain America would surely have trouble with. He also has some highly advanced drone tech attached to his Falcon suit. Red Wing could be a valuable asset in a fight. He also has some serious firepower, which he used to incredible effect in Infinity War when he made several Outriders of Thanos’ army bite the dust in Wakanda.
8. Better trained and equipped for modern times
You can run a hundred-mile marathon and not break a sweat but if you do not keep track of modern technology and how to use it, no force on the face of the Earth can help you. Captain America is an old fashioned guy who likes to do things the old school way. While it does sound cool, it is highly impractical. Why run when you can fly? Why use a shield to knock a guy down when a single bullet can do the job? Falcon has been trained the armed forces of the United States in every modern tech available to be used on the battlefield. Falcon may not be stronger but sure is more adaptable.
7. Certified Avenger
To become an Avenger is every Marvel Superhero’s wet dream. It took a lot of time and effort for Spider-Man to be even considered to become a part of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Falcon, courtesy of his unique skill-set, was more than enough equipped to become an Avenger. Captain America is considered the First Avenger. He would eventually become their leader.
Falcon is one of the last members to join the Avengers. He is no leader but he is learning the trade secrets. Civil War and The Winter Soldier taught some valuable lessons to Falcon. He is no longer just a pawn. As long as he keeps shadowing Captain America like that, he will slowly blossom into a leader.
6. His connection to Hydra
If there is one thing that truly defines the Captain America mantle, it is the guy’s extreme hostility towards Hydra – the international terrorist organization in Marvel Comics with its roots dating back to World War Two. Captain America’s history is filled with adventures where he has fought Hydra tooth and nail. He literally fell into the Arctic Ocean fighting the last vestiges of the organization. The Red Skull is not just a big factor in Steve Rogers’ past.
In Marvel Comics, one issue reveals that Sam Wilson is actually a Hydra double agent and sleeper cell that was tasked by the Red Skull with infiltrating the Avengers and gain the trust of Captain America, Hydra’s arch-nemesis. If this angle could be explored better in the movies, Sam Wilson’s prospects of becoming the next Captain America drastically increase.
Falcon can fly. Captain America – not so much! Falcon has been using his wings to defeat villains in the MCU since a long time now. He is well-versed in how to use it in combat. Captain America may be a fast learner but he never could fly. Falcon is not someone that is limited by gravity. He can dance around his enemies while firing down a rain of bullets from above. It is one of the most well-known and formidable abilities of Falcon. And if he becomes the new Captain America, Falcon’s wings will become his signature trademark like Captain America’s shield is.
4. His conscience is clean
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we learn that Sam Wilson is a war veteran who has managed to conquer his PTSD demons and now helps other troubled veterans conquer their won. It goes on to show that Sam Wilson is not a mental mess. He has complete control over his own psyche. Someone who has managed to subdue the chinks of his own past is someone who is most suited for the role of Captain America. He will be an inspiration to everyone who looks up to Cap. If he can do it, so can everybody else.
3. He has fought under Captain America
Due to the prolonged exposure to the battle tactics and strategies used by Captain America, Sam knows how the guy thinks and operates. As one of his most ardent followers, Sam has been fighting under Cap’s authority for so long that he knows how the other guy thinks and feels, or at least has a general idea of it. No one in the Marvel Universe other than Bucky can lay claim to that right. For someone to succeed Captain America, someone needs to as great as Captain America. Falcon is our safest bet.
2. Always up for battle
His soldier days might be behind him now but his fighting days still have a long way to meet their dead end. When Captain America went against Shield and Hydra, it was Falcon who was the readiest to spring back into battle to help his comrades. When Civil War revealed Captain America has been declared as a fugitive, Sam only asked Steve how he could be of service to Cap’s cause. Sam is not a jarhead but he is not a pacifist either. If the situation demands it, he is ready to draw blood.
1. In the comics, he actually succeeds Captain America
When Captain America is killed by his enemies at the end of Marvel Comics’ Civil War storyline, guess who decides to giddy up and wear the shield on his chest? Falcon became Captain America to not let the people forget what Captain America stood for – Liberty, Freedom, and Truth. He does not want to be famous. All he ever asked as Captain America was people do not forget Captain America’s ideals and that the world still has hope.
Avengers: Endgame, the next Avengers flick from Marvel Studios, is set for release on the 26th of April. The official film synopsis of the movie has been recently released and it states:
“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”