Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced us to Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) in the very first action sequence of the series. He worked with Sam Wilson from the ground and brought the Flagsmashers to Wilson’s attention.
Torres appeared again in the second episode to aid Falcon and the Winter Soldier as support when the pair went after the antagonistic organization.
As a comics fan, I know Joaquin Torres. The Mexican-born character goes on to become Falcon when Sam Wilson is finally given the Shield and becomes Captain America. Torres even has a history with Powerbroker, a character name-checked in the second episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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We all know that just because a comics character is introduced, doesn’t mean we’ll see the full potential of the character’s comic lineage. Sometimes a name check like this is an Easter Egg. Other times, it is a plant for someone like Torres reaching his full potential as the next Falcon.
Though I wrote it off as an Easter Egg, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator Malcom Spellman told Entertainment Tonight:
He was great. I can’t tell you where it’s gonna go, but obviously, he’s not in there for no reason. He just lights up. If we had had 10 episodes, we had a giant storyline for him built out. But he does have plenty of real estate in these six.
This doesn’t confirm we will see Torres as the new Falcon, but it does mean we will be seeing a lot more of him. With the Powerbroker in play though, you never know…