Top 20 Black Superheroes

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No. 6: The Falcon (Sam Wilson) – Marvel Comics

This multifaceted crime fighter, S.H.I.E.L.D Agent, social worker and mobster debuted in Captain America #117 (1969). The title was changed during the 1970s to Captain America and the Falcon; this was done to reflect Sam’s prominence in the book. Not only has the Falcon been a long-time ally of Captain America but a member of various iterations of the Avengers. Falcon also led a squad called S.H.I.E.L.D Super-Agents. The Falcon also joined other super teams for brief periods of time: the Defenders (1978) and Heroes for Hire (2010). Sam starred in a mini-series released in 1983. Sam and Steve headlined a new volume of Captain America and the Falcon from 2004-2005.

In 2014 Sam was given the mantle of Captain America (including the shield) after Steve Rogers was sidelined. Following the events of Secret Empire, Sam resumed the mantle of The Falcon and received his own ongoing series.  Sam solo power is an empathic link to his bird Redwing and can use this ability on other fowls. The glider wings Sam uses to fly (as the Falcon or Captain America) have been provided by Black Panther or Iron Man (Tony Stark). The Falcon has appeared in cartoons since 1999; he is a fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following his arrival in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

First Appearance: Captain America #117 (1969)

Powers: Empathic connection with birds and glider wings used for flight. As Captain America, Sam also used an adamantium shield.

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