5 Reasons Why Falcon Likely Won't Become Captain America In The Movies

By Gabe Toro 2014-07-17 12:14:15discussion comments
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Last night on The Colbert Report, Marvel made an announcement we were all expecting: the new Captain America in the comics would be the Falcon. This is a pretty neat change from the status quo, giving Sam Wilson a chance to shine after the character's appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is progress, right?

Well, we tried to talk ourselves into the idea, but it's probably wishful thinking. Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in the movies, would be a GREAT Captain America, and it would be a nice surprise to see him take on the mantle when Chris Evans bows out. But as we mentioned in that original piece, it's probably not likely. And here are the main reasons why.

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The Falcon Has No Superpowers
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson is an everyday soldier who just happened to have developed fancy new prototype wings for use in combat. That's a far cry from the version established in the 1960's, when Sam Wilson was an actual superhero with powers all his own.

And the reason why those powers didn't carry over to the movie is because 1) they're lousy, and 2) no one at Marvel can agree on them. Falcon's initial ability, which has been downplayed in recent years, has been a telepathic link with his pet bird Redwing. Some writers used the relationship between Falcon and Redwing as just a friendly pet-owner bond. Others found that link so strong that Sam Wilson was classified as a mutant.

It was this hint of supernatural ability that allowed the Falcon to be treated like another everyday hero, particularly when the Avengers would be faced with cosmic-level threats. By comparison, Mackie's Falcon is almost immediately taken out of the game as soon as his wings are singed, and appears pretty winded by the time Frank Grillo's Brock Rumlow challenges him to a one-on-one brawl. The chasm between literal wartime hero Steve Rogers and out-of-practice soldier Sam Wilson is a gap nearly impossible to close if the mantle is passed down.
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