Marvel’s underdog superhero, the first black Captain America, Isaiah Bradley is set to return on Disney + upcoming MCU’s the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Will Sam Wilson get his predecessor, the justice he never got?
- Why do we not know Isaiah Bradley- the first black Captain America?
- How will The Falcon and The Winter Soldier fit in Isaiah Bradley?
- Will Sam Wilson aka Falcon get the historically-denied justice for Isaiah Bradley?
In the most memorable Marvel moment on Avengers: Endgame, we saw the old Captain America, Steve Rogers passing the shield to Sam Wilson aka Falcon. Perhaps there wasn’t a dry eye in cinemas when viewers watched the legacy passed to a black superhero. Now recently Disney-fied MCU will take his Captain America journey forward in upcoming Disney+ series-The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
And guess what, there is already a first black Captain America who we all have forgotten. Scroll down to know who he is and if Falcon will get him the long due credit.
Why do we not know Isaiah Bradley- the first black Captain America?
Before you clap MCU and Disney + for beginning the new journey with the first black Captain America, Sam Wilson on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there is a fact we all have forgotten. We already have a Black Captain America in Isaiah Bradley. Appearing first in TRUTH: RED, WHITE AND BLACK (2003), this underdog superhero is canonically present in Earth 616 timeline that makes him the first Black Captain America.
Who is Isaiah Bradley?
The US military in a desperate attempt to recreate the destroyed Super Soldier Serum that enhanced Steve Rogers, injected an experimental version of serum on Bradley’s entire Black platoon. Bradley, being the sole survivor is forced to go on a suicide mission to take down Nazis. Before heading on, he stole Captain America’s suit and went on completing his mission.
Instead of acknowledging his work, US court-martialed him accusing him of going AWOL and impersonating Captain America. After serving 17 years of solitary confinement, he was finally freed by President Eisenhower in secret. But the destructive Super Soldier serum and years of confinement has taken a toll on his mental health.
Why is the first black Captain America a forgotten superhero?
Isaiah’s story is far more different from Sam Wilson aka Falcon. Bradley is the epitome of African American men subjected to institutionalized chemical warfare because they were considered less human. He represents the dark realities of the Tuskegee Experiment, a subject America doesn’t want to talk about. While Sam Wilson is lauded for who he is, Bradley- the truly black Captain America’s identity is all but forgotten.
How will The Falcon and The Winter Soldier fit in Isaiah Bradley?
Recent reports reveal that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier series will introduce Isaiah Bradley in the MCU universe. The details come after Carl Lumbly joined the cast in an unknown role. Although it is not confirmed, Carl aptly fits into the role but how will Bradley story fit in the MCU’s universe?
Well, Incredible Hulk can be the key to repeat Super Soldier like experiment on MCU. Remember, General “Thunderbolt” Ross– the high ranking US military figure obsessed with creating new super heroes? This way the black legends forgotten tale will be retold.
Will Sam Wilson aka Falcon get the historically-denied justice for Isaiah Bradley?
Sam Wilson has inherited the mantle of Black Captain America from Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame but his journey is going to be a lot more complex than his predecessor. He will have to fight his way up to captaincy in the upcoming series- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as US military has declared a “white” John Walker aka U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell) as Captain America.
According to reports, though Sam initially denies becoming Captain America, later changes his mind on learning about Isaiah Bradley and the secret history of US military’s Supersoldier program. Seems like the buried chapter of racism infused inhuman experiments and torture will re-open on Disney-fied Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is left to be seen if Sam gets the historically denied justice for African Americans, at least on the MCU.