Falcon (real name Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson) is fictional character and a superhero. He appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan. He first appeared in issue #117 of Captain America in September 1969. He is the first African American superhero in mainstream comic books..
Samuel Wilson, or known as his superhero alias Falcon, uses mechanical wings to fly, defend, and attack. He also has limited telepathic and empathic control over birds. After Steve Rogers retires, Wilson becomes Captain America in All-New Captain America #1 (Jan. 2015) and leader of the Avengers.
Wilson as Falcon and Captain America has made several media appearances, including in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the character is portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), the television miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), and the upcoming movie as Captain America in Captain America: Brave New World (2024).
- Brothers, David (February 18, 2011). "A Marvel Black History Lesson Pt. 1". Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort: "The Falcon was the very first African-American super hero, as opposed to The Black Panther, who preceded him, but wasn't American.". Marvel Comics. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011.
- Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura (2008). "1940s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. "The Black Panther may have broken the mold as Marvel's first black superhero, but he was from Africa. The Falcon, however, was the first black American superhero". London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 137. ISBN 978-0756641238.