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Redwing (Marvel Comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America #117
(September 1969)
Created byStan Lee (writer)
Gene Colan (artist)
In-story information
Team affiliationsAvengers
Pet Avengers
AbilitiesTelepathic link with Sam Wilson

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Redwing is a fictional bird appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Primarily a supporting character of Falcon, the character exists within Marvel's main shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.

Redwing appears as a drone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Publication history[edit]

Redwing debuted alongside the Falcon in Captain America #117 and was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan.

Fictional character biography[edit]

In Rio de Janeiro, Sam Wilson encounters a red feathered falcon that he names Redwing. The Nazi Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube to connect Sam and Redwing by a mental link. Wilson and Redwing then become allies of Captain America.[1] Redwing has been by Falcon's side ever since, fighting villains such as Grey Gargoyle, Viper and Diamondhead. Redwing stayed with Falcon when he became the new Captain America.[2]

Karl Malus later used Redwing's DNA during his experiment on Joaquin Torres which turned him into a human/falcon hybrid.[3] When it was discovered by Joaquin's human/falcon hybrid condition wasn't temporary, Captain America learned from Claire Temple that Joaquin's condition was permanent due to Redwing being vampiric and sporting a healing factor.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

In his earliest appearances Redwing exhibits a close bond with Sam Wilson, which is confirmed as being a telepathic link by Professor X in Captain America #174 . The Red Skull later reveals that he had used the Cosmic Cube to create a "super-normal mental link" between Sam Wilson and Redwing.[5] Falcon later recalled the experience, stating "Hurt like hell. Being mentally fused with that falcon. Able to see through his eyes."[6]

In other media[edit]

Television and Film[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Redwing also appears in Lego Marvel's Avengers and Marvel Contest of Champions. In both games, he is not a playable character, but serves as Falcon's projectile attack, in which he flies towards the selected targets before coming back to Falcon.


  1. Captain America #186. Marvel Comics.
  2. All-New Captain America #1. Marvel Comics.
  3. Captain America: Sam Wilson #3. Marvel Comics.
  4. Captain America: Sam Wilson #4. Marvel Comics.
  5. Englehart, Steve. Captain America #186. Marvel Comics, 1975
  6. Johns, Geoff. Avengers vol. 3 #60. Marvel Comics, 2003
  7. "Marvel Super Hero Squad Voice Cast". Comics Continuum. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  8. (May 8, 2016), "Captain America Civil War: The Falcon and Red Wing Explained," Retrieved October 21, 2016

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