Real Name: Samuel Thomas “Sam Wilson”
Weight: 240 ibs
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Captain American #117 (1969)
Sam 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 when his mother was killed by a mugger two years later, Sam’s grief and anger consumed him. His grief and anger consumed his personality, eventually led him down a criminal path. The once-respected community volunteer took on the name of “Snap” Wilson, becoming a racketeer while working for the mob.
After an assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Sam’s plane crashed in a remote Caribbean island where the Red Skull and his henchmen, the Exiles, were hiding out. The Red Skull sought to use Wilson as a pawn against Captain America,who was currently on the island searching for the villain. The Skull reasoned that Wilson’s idealism would appeal to the Captain enough to become his crime fighting partner. Then, at some later date, the Skull could use Wilson against his enemy. He used a Cosmic Cube to revert “Snap” into Sam and give Sam the ability to telepathically communicate with birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named Redwing. Sam helped Captain America defeat the Skull and did indeed become his partner as the Falcon.
Wilson’s “Snap” identity remained submerged until some years later when he recalled his criminal past while undergoing shock therapy at S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters. Once his former criminal associates learned of this, a bounty was placed on his head. Wilson and Captain America fought off the attacks, however.
At a later point, Wilson was offered membership to the premier superhero team Avengers.However, he was uncomfortable that his presence was due largely to the government’s “affirmative action” policy, and he returned to his social work almost immediately after some stern words with his fellow heroes. Despite his feelings, he has helped the Avengers on occasion as a provisional member
In his earliest appearances Falcon exhibits a close bond with his bird Redwing, which in Captain America #174 Professor X confirms as being a paranormal empathic link. The Red Skull later reveals that he had used the Cosmic Cube to create a “super-normal mental link” between Sam Wilson and Redwing. Falcon later recalled the experience, stating “Hurt like hell. Being mentally fused with that falcon. Able to see through his eyes.”
Falcon eventually revealed that he has been able to extend this empathic link. “I’m always psychically connected with Redwing, but through concentration I’ve recently tapped into another ability — I’m able to link-up with other birds. … I have over six billion pairs of eyes in the United States alone.” He used this ability to quickly search New York City when the criminal Scarecrow kidnapped two children, as well as to spy on Senator Dell Rusk (actually the Red Skull in disguise) and Henry Peter Gyrich.He is also apparently able to access the memories of birds, and see things they had witnessed in the past (although birds have a different concept of the passage of time, which makes it difficult for him to know when any events they witnessed occurred).
Falcon has shown some ability to apparently control birds, as shown when he enlisted their aid in attacking Scarecrow, and when (badly injured and manacled to a wall) he telepathically summoned a large number of different birds from the surrounding area to smash through a window and attack the Red Skull.
Uniform & flight harness:
The Falcon’s original wing harness featured detachable jet-powered glider wings made of lightweight titanium ribbing and Mylar. The wings were covered with wafer-thin solar power receptors that convert sunlight into electricity to power miniature high-speed electric turbine fans in his uniform and boots. The wings detached and reattached to his uniform cybernetically. The harness was destroyed in Captain America & the Falcon #2 (2004). The uniform was made of synthetic stretch fabric lined with a steel-alloy mesh.
After the original flying harness’s destruction,the 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 the Black Panther, with costume modifications by Desmond Burrell.
The Falcon is an excellent trainer of wild birds, and has been trained in gymnastics and hand-to-hand combat by Captain America. Redwing is a highly trained hunting falcon who responds to the Falcon’s verbal and mental commands and joins him in battle against his adversaries.
At one point, a Sentinel chased him, believing him to be a mutant, but this was later debunked and the Sentinel is presumed to have been malfunctioning.
More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/universe/Falcon_(Sam_Wilson)#ixzz2EDaHdVlh
Here’s a video of Marvel upcoming Falcon movie, starting with Anthony Mackie:
Where is the Falcon now?:
So far, Falcon has been teaming up with comic books with Captain America. Next be duty for Falcon will be the new Captain America movie. Where Falcon is introduce to Captain America and teams up to destroy all threats.