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Sam Wilson/the Falcon will earn his wings as Captain America

Since 1941, Captain America has literally been the 'SHIELD' for life, liberty, freedom, and justice against the forces of evil: not only standing up for the red, white, and blue, but also for men of all colors -- including Sam Wilson, who became the world's first African-American superhero known as the Falcon.

This fall, the Falcon is about to soar into greater heights as the first-ever African-American Captain America, Marvel announced.

But don't count Steve Rogers out of the good fight yet, as the world's first super-soldier -- and Marvel's 'First Avenger' -- will take on the role of mentor and tactical advisor. However, Sam Wilson isn't the first partner and friend to succeed Steve as Captain America.

For instance, James 'Bucky' Barnes, aka Russian codename assassin 'the Winter Soldier', took on the Captain America mantle when Steve was presumed dead after the end of the 'Civil War' between Steve and Tony Stark/Iron Man over whether or not should superheroes register with the government or be hunted down and arrested as criminals.

Still, where does that leave Chris Evans' future with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America? The actor will suit back up for next summer's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and summer 2016's Captain America 3, so there's the possibility of Steve Rogers passing down his shield in the near future to Sam Wilson/the Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

After all, the Falcon went on to join the Avengers, 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes' who fights the foes -- and battles -- no superhero can withstand alone.

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