Everyone loves Sam Wilson.
While he may have started as a pawn of the Red Skull, the Falcon was inspired by Captain America to become a hero, and eventually his partner, an agent of SHIELD, and an Avenger. And though Cap may have served as inspiration for Falcon, throughout the years it's often been the Falcon who's inspired Cap.
From David Brothers' A
Marvel Black History Lesson Pt. 1[/URL]:
“The Falcon was the very first African-America super hero, as opposed to The Black Panther, who preceded him, but wasn't American,” notes Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort. “In a time when the struggle for civil rights was very much at the forefront of the American dialogue, The Falcon brought some of those issues concerning the black experience onto the comic book page for the very first time. He was so popular that he rapidly became a co-headliner on the series. Not just a reflection of Cap, The Falcon was his own man, and steadily expanded on and improved his arsenal of weaponry and powers, aided by characters such as The Black Panther, who developed the Falcon's wings.
Master of Sound had this to say:
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And here's why ironbyte picked the Falcon as one of his favorite Avengers:
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Falcon most recently appeared in Heroes for Hire.