Samuel Thomas Wilson
Adventurer, city planner, social worker; (Formerly) criminal
Place of Birth
New York City, New York
Paul Wilson (father, deceased), Darlene Wilson (mother, deceased), Sarah Wilson Casper (sister), Gideon Wilson (brother), Jody Casper (nephew), Jim Wilson (nephew, deceased)
Avengers; (Formerly) S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes For Hire, partner of Captain America, Secret Avengers, Defenders, Night People, Queen's Vengeance, "Defender for a Day"
High school dropout, later extensively self-educated
Originally possessed the ability to telepathically communicate with his
pet falcon Redwing, but that ability has grown into the ability to
telepathically communicate with any birds within an unknown radius.
Through this telepathic link he is also able to receive mental images of
what the birds see.
Excellent trainer of birds, and has been highly trained in gymnastics and hand-to-hand combat by Captain America.
Sam Wilson grew up in a rough Harlem neighborhood with his parents and two siblings: Sarah and Gideon. Their father was aminister, and was killed one day while trying to stop a fight. Sam tried to make good choices and do the right thing; however, later on when his mother was killed by a mugger, Sam's grief and anger consumed him and he began a life of crime. He began working for the mob, going by the name "Snap" Wilson.
After an assignment, on the way to Rio de Janeiro, Sam's plane crashed in a remote Caribbean island. It was here that the Red Skull and his henchmen (the Exiles) were hiding out. The Red Skull tried to use Wilson as a pawn against Captain America,
who was currently on the island searching for the Red Skull. To do so, the Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to give Wilson the ability to telepathically
communicate with birds, especially a bird that Wilson had bought named
Redwing. Wilson and Captain America battled one another until Cap was able to shake Wilson of the
Red Skull's programming. After this, the two worked together to fight against the Red Skull. Afterward, Wilson became Cap's partner for some time as the "Falcon." (To learn about the above highlighted characters, team, and/or object, click on the names above. Also, Falcon with Redwing can be seen in the first and third pictures posted above.)
Later, the Falcon was drafted to join the Avengers by Henry Gyrich to fill an "affirmative action" quota. However, soon after, Wilson resented being the "token" black member of the team and quit. (To learn about the team and/or character above, just click on their highlighted names.)
Returning to New York, Wilson became a social worker in his regular identity and fought crime as the Falcon--defending the streets of his hometown
both in and out of his costume. As the Falcon, Wilson mainly stayed to rooftop-swinging until he received help from the Black Panther, who crafted a new costume for Sam which included glider wings which were powered by sunlight and was linked to Sam's brain which allowed him to fly. (Click the highlighted name above to learn about the Black Panther.)
At one point, the Scarlet Witch accidentally destabilized the Falcon's mind, pushing him back towards
his "Snap" persona. He continued to work with Captain America; however, due to his old persona, the two's relationship became strained, until, finally, Cap felt that he
had no choice but to stop working with him. (To learn about the Scarlet Witch, click on the highlighted name above. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by the Scarlet Witch on her bio page.)
Later on, after the enactment of the Superhuman Registration Act, the Falcon was actually the first to join Captain America in opposition of the Act. When Cap later became incapacitated, Falcon temporarily assumed leadership of the rebel group known as "Secret Avengers." However, following Captain America's assassination, the Falcon registered with the government and was made
responsible for Harlem, although he remained in contact with the
underground New Avengers. (To learn about the event and/or teams above, just click on their highlighted names)
Later, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited the Falcon and Sharon Carter to investigate Captain America's assassination by locating the Winter Soldier and tracking down the Red Skull. (To learn about the team and/or characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
At one point, Falcon helped the Avengers in their conflict with the mutants of Utopia. Falcon was sent with She-Hulk and Moon Knight to keep an eye on the Jean Grey School. However, while there, a fight broke out, after Frenzy
goaded Moon Knight. Then when She-Hulk injured some kids, believing that
they were greater threats, the conflict turned into a full blown battle with the school faculty. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters and/or places. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by She-Hulk and Frenzy on their bio pages.)
More recently, Falcon has rejoined the Avengers after Iron Man and Captain America chose to expand the team's roster. (To learn about Iron Man, click on his name above.)
To learn a little more about the Falcon, click on the following Marvel.com bio link, http://marvel.com/universe/Falcon_%28Sam_Wilson%29.