Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) is finally leading his own Marvel Studios project, alongside The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Of course I’m referring to Marvel’s second Disney+ show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. (See? They even put Falcon first in the title!)
First introduced in Captain America: The Winter Solider, Sam Wilson aka Falcon has been a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether he’s #TeamCap and bickering with Bucky in Civil War, or announcing, “On your left,” in Endgame.
Kevin Feige explained to Variety what makes Sam Wilson special within the MCU and what we can expect to learn about him in Falcon and the Winter Soldier:
Sam Wilson as played by Mackie is different than a Thor or a Black Panther, because he’s not from another planet or a king from another country. He’s an African American man. He’s got experience in the military and doing grief counseling with soldiers who have PTSD. But where did he grow up? Who is his family? Mackie was excited to dig into it as this man, this Black man in particular, in the Marvel version of the world outside our window.
I doubt the character will get his own flashback episode a’la WandaVision, or even flashbacks at all. Rather, what we have seen from the trailers suggest that we’ll see what makes him tick in the present day, seeing his house, meeting his family/friends who run a shrimping boat, etc. Maybe a flashback to his first combat mission with the suit in Iraq, the day he lost his partner.
Mackie went onto explain what his character’s main role has been in the past, continuing into Falcon and the Winter Solider:
I’m basically the eyes and ears of the audience, if you were put in that position where you could go out and fight alongside superheroes. It adds a really nice quality to him, that he’s a regular guy who can go out there and do special things.
We’ll get the chance to learn more about Sam Wilson when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier begins airing on March 19th.