YMMV / The Falcon

  • Author's Saving Throw: The "Snap" Wilson re-retcon. Falcon's social worker background was retconned into being Fake Memories implanted by the Red Skull, and his true identity was a pimp and a criminal. Rick Remender, whatever else he may have done, wrote it into canon that the truly Fake Memories were that of being a pimp, Sam had always been a good, heroic man, and the Red Skull was not only trying to discredit him, he was counting on everyone else being racist enough to believe that Sam must have been a horrible criminal before meeting Cap. And just like that, a slew of Unfortunate Implications is mended without disregarding previous canon (as Red Skull is established as more racist than Hitler, meaning this isn't out of character for him).
  • Broken Base: Him becoming the new Captain America has resulted in a split in the fandom. Some are happy as Sam is the only person alive currently that Steve would trust to take up the mantle (Bucky is currently Faking the Dead so he's not an option), but others would prefer if he just got a similar push in his usual identity rather than needing a 'promotion'. Then there's those who, rightfully or not, accuse it of just being a headline grabber, or those who are against the idea of him taking the mantle just because he's black.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Most fans would rather not have the Falcon being Retconed from a social worker into a former pimp as official canon.
    • Same with the writers, it hardly gets mentioned at all these days. Anthony Mackie was also glad to have it ignored in his film counterpart's backstory. It ultimately became Canon Discontinuity in All-New Captain America #3; see Author's Saving Throw.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Despite the Vocal Minority, which largely were not made up by Captain America fans, this was thankfully averted when Sam took up the mantle of Captain American when Steve Rogers wasn't able to continue under it. While some still would have preferred Sam keep his Falcon persona, it was largely well received by readers as Sam had been a well liked and established character who'd proven himself a competent partner to and just as moral a hero as Steve Rogers for decades.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Brought up in The 5 Most Unintentionally Offensive Comic Book Characters, in regards to Steve Englehart's Retcon of The Falcon's origin. Basically, when Stan Lee and Gene Colan introduced the Falcon, he was a kindhearted young social worker who became a superhero because it was the right thing to do. After years as a dignified and mostly non-stereotyped black hero (rare not only for its time, but debatably in the present as well), Falcon got hit with a massive retcon: Englehart introduced a "never-before-seen" backstory mentioned above, which suggested that Falcon had secretly been a drug-dealing pimp who had been brainwashed into becoming a superhero so that he could serve as The Mole for the Red Skull... Yikes! Fans and writers alike have not been amused by this, Falcon's supposed "mole" status was never used in any meaningful capacity, and as stated above it's become Canon Discontinuity, and was not implemented as part of Sam Wilson's backstory when he entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    • Notably, Rick Remender, the writer of All-New Captain America, completely ignored it when he gave a brief rundown of Sam's origin.
      Then, his community service becomes trying to bring relief supplies to third-world nations, which leads to him being shot down and landing on the Isle of Exiles. That leads to him teaming up with Steve Rogers who trained him to be the Falcon and take down the Red Skull. That choice to be a good man lead him to Steve and super heroics.
      It was such a unique and wonderful origin.