You know him as the Falcon, but for a time in Marvel Comics, Sam Wilson went by another name: Captain America. That’s right, the Captain America. A de-powered Steve Rogers passed the shield to Sam during a time of civil unrest, and the new Captain America fought his hardest to do his job protecting a country that didn’t consider him worthy of the name.
The surprising ending of Avengers: Endgame also saw an elderly Steve Rogers hand the shield off to Sam with a smile — but the mantle of Captain America stayed with Steve. What challenges will Sam face in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier without Steve by his side? And will he become the new Cap? Let’s take a look at Sam as Captain America in the comics to get some sense of where his flight path might lead him in the upcoming Disney+ series, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.