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Redwing
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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America #117
(September 1969)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Gene Colan (artist)
In-story information
Species Falcon
Team affiliations Avengers
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Pet Avengers
Partnerships Falcon
Abilities

Telepathic link with Sam Wilson

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

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

Fictional character biography

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. 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.

Karl Malus later used Redwing's DNA during his experiment on Joaquin Torres which turned him into a human/falcon hybrid. 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.

Powers and abilities

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. Falcon later recalled the experience, stating "Hurt like hell. Being mentally fused with that falcon. Able to see through his eyes."

In other media

Television and Film

  • Redwing appeared in The Avengers: United They Stand
  • Redwing appears in The Super Hero Squad Show, with vocal effects provided by Steve Blum
  • Redwing appears in the Avengers Assemble animated series as Falcon's flight pack that can change to "Redwing Mode" and operate independently
  • Redwing appears as a drone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain America: Civil War

Video Games

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.

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