Our list of the best quotes from Disney+’s MCU spin-off series based on the characters Sam Wilson/Falcon, and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), after being handed the mantle of Captain America, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) teams up with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in a global adventure that puts their abilities to the test.


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1. New World Order

'Every time something gets better for one group, it gets worse for another.' - Sam Wilson (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) Click To Tweet


[Sam remembers his conversation with Steve when he gave him the shield]
Steve Rogers: How does it feel?
Sam Wilson: Like it’s someone else’s.
Steve Rogers: It isn’t.


Major: And, Sam, this has to be subtle.
Sam Wilson: Subtle. Got it.


Joaquin Torres: Alright, heads up! You’re about to fly into Libyan airspace.
Sam Wilson: And I assume they have a problem with that.
Joaquin Torres: Yeah. Yeah. A big problem. A big problem.


Sam Wilson: [referring to his wing pack] I’ve been working with the Air Force for six months now. Every time ops touches him, he gets all glitchy.
Joaquin Torres: Well, you know, those poor techs can’t keep up with a billion returning IP addresses and your sick-a** Stark-level tech.


Joaquin Torres: They’re called the Flag Smashers.
Sam Wilson: Is that a new thing? Bad guys give themselves bad names.
Joaquin Torres: There’s a lot worse names than that one.


Joaquin Torres: [referring to Flag Smashers] Basically, they think that the world was better during The Blip. Trust me, it wasn’t.
Sam Wilson: Trust me. Every time something gets better for one group, it gets worse for another.
Joaquin Torres: Yeah. Essentially, these people, they want a world that’s unified without borders. So you could see why a lot of people are into that.


Joaquin Torres: I do got to ask you though, because like online there’s just been a lot of stuff about Steve, actually. Crazy, crazy conspiracy theories. So, some people, they think that he’s in a secret base on the moon looking down over us.
Sam Wilson: Yeah. Well, I can assure you, those people, you don’t have to take seriously.
Joaquin Torres: But you didn’t, like fly him to the moon?
Sam Wilson: No.


Joaquin Torres: So where are you off to?
Sam Wilson: Washington.
Joaquin Torres: What are you doing there?
Sam Wilson: Moon stuff.


Sam Wilson: Steve represented the best in all of us. Courageous, righteous, hopeful. And he mastered posing stoically.


Sam Wilson: The world has been forever changed. A few months ago, billions of people reappeared after five years away, sending the world into turmoil. We need new heroes. Ones suited for the times we’re in. Symbols are nothing without the women and men that give them meaning. And this thing…
[holds up the shield]
Sam Wilson: I don’t know if there’s ever been a greater symbol. But it’s more about the man who propped it up, and he’s gone. So today we honor Steve’s legacy. But also, we look to the future. So, thank you, Captain America. But this belongs to you.
[the shield is then placed in a glass box to be displayed in a museum with Steve’s suit]


James Rhodes: Crazy that nobody’s going to be carrying the shield.
Sam Wilson: Hey, we went for seventy years without anybody carrying it when Steve was on ice. So I think we’ll be alright.
James Rhodes: That was a different time, Sam.


James Rhodes: I see you’re going to make me ask. Why didn’t you take up the mantle?
Sam Wilson: When Steve first told me about the shield, the first words I said were, “It feels like it belongs to someone else.” That someone else is Steve.


James Rhodes: The world’s a crazy place right now. People are… Well, nobody’s stable. Allies are now enemies. Alliances are all torn apart. The world’s broken. Everybody’s just looking for somebody to fix it.


Dr. Raynor: So tell me about your most recent nightmare.
Bucky Barnes: I didn’t have a nightmare. Oh, come on. Really? You’re going to do the notebook thing? Why? It’s passive aggressive.
Dr. Raynor: You don’t talk. I write.
Bucky Barnes: Okay. Okay. I crossed a name off the list of my amends yesterday. Don’t worry. I used all your three rules.


Dr. Raynor: [to Bucky] So, rule number one. You can’t do anything illegal.


Dr. Raynor: Rule number two?
Bucky Barnes: What was rule number two?
Dr. Raynor: Nobody gets hurt. It’s a big one.
Bucky Barnes: Then why isn’t it rule number one? I didn’t hurt anybody. I promise.


Dr. Raynor: And what about rule number three? The whole point of making amends is to fulfill rule number three.
Bucky Barnes: You know, you’re a cynic, Doc. Of course, I completed rule number three. “I am no longer the Winter Soldier. I am James Bucky Barnes. And you’re part of my efforts to make amends.”


Dr. Raynor: Look, one day, you’re going to have to open up and understand that some people really do want to help you, and that they can be trusted.
Bucky Barnes: I trust people.
Dr. Raynor: Yeah? Give me your phone. You don’t have ten phone numbers on this thing. Oh, and you’ve been ignoring the texts from Sam.


Dr. Raynor: Look, you’ve got to nurture friendships. I am the only person you have called all week. That is so sad. You’re alone. You’re a hundred years-old. You have no history, no family.
Bucky Barnes: Are you lashing out at me, Doc? Because that’s really unprofessional, you know? I mean, when did that start, when you start yelling at your clients? Oh, the notebook. That’s great.


Bucky Barnes: This is new for me. I didn’t have a moment to deal with anything, you know? I had a little calm in Wakanda. And other than that, I just went from one fight to another for ninety years.
Dr. Raynor: So, now that you’ve stopped fighting, what do you want?
Bucky Barnes: Peace.
Dr. Raynor: That is utter bulls**t.
Bucky Barnes: You’re a terrible shrink.


Dr. Raynor: I was an excellent soldier, so I saw a lot of dead bodies, and I know how that can shut you down. And if you are alone, that is the quietest, most personal hell. And, James, it is very hard to escape. Look, I know that you have been through a lot, but you’ve got your mind back, you are being pardoned. I mean, these are good things. You’re free.
Bucky Barnes: To do what?


Unique: [to Bucky] Hey, man. I’m Unique. It’s like Monique, but it’s got a U in there for uniqueness.
Yori: That’s absurd.


Yori: [referring to the obituaries in the paper] Take a look. Nobody made it past ninety this week.
Bucky Barnes: So young. Such a shame.


Bucky Barnes: [to Yori, who asked Leah out on date with Bucky] I can’t believe you did that. It’s a dance to these things. You got to warm up, and I haven’t danced since 1943, it feels like.


[to Bucky, referring to his son, who Bucky had killed when he used to be the Winter Soldier]
Yori: He had a job with a consulting company. And he was working abroad, and he was killed. The police said, “Wrong place, wrong time,” but I will never know what really happened to him. I felt it was strange. In here.
[points to his heart]


Sam Wilson: [referring to their family boat] I thought we were going to discuss if we were selling it.
Sarah Wilson: We did. And then you were off fighting Doctor Space Cape, or whatever, while I was holding it together for five long years.


Sam Wilson: [referring to getting a loan for fixing the boat] Either way, just let me help. I’ll set the appointment. Look, I won’t let you down. We can turn this s**t around. Trust me.
Sarah Wilson: To the rescue, huh?
Sam Wilson: Always.


Leah: So have you dated much since half the fish in the sea came back?
Bucky Barnes: Not really. I tried the whole online dating thing. It’s pretty crazy. A lot of weird pictures.
Leah: What kind of weird?
Bucky Barnes: I mean, tiger photos? Half the time I don’t even know what I’m looking at. It’s a lot.
Leah: You sound like my dad. Wait, how old are you?
Bucky Barnes: A hundred and six.


Leah: What’s up with your gloves?
Bucky Barnes: I have poor circulation.


Bucky Barnes: What are you doing?
Leah: I’m reading your mind.
Bucky Barnes: Please don’t.


2. The Star-Spangled Man


John Walker: I’ve been a captain before, obviously, but this is different. Everybody in the world expects me to be something. And I don’t want to fail them.


John Walker: Don’t get me wrong, this has been great. It’s been great. But it’s been a lot of handshakes, a lot of suits, a lot of speeches, and senator meetings. I just want to do the job.
Lemar: This is the job, John. All of it is. Star-spangled man with a plan and all that. It’s always been in the job description.


Sara Haines: John, I think the first thing everyone wants to know is what is it like being Captain America? Do eagles fly overhead wherever you go?
John Walker: Uh, yes. Yeah, that and flags tend to start majestically waving in the wind.


John Walker: Look, here’s the thing. I’m not Tony Stark. I’m not Dr. Banner. Okay? I don’t have the flashiest gadgets. I don’t have super strength. But what I do have is guts. Something Captain America always had, always needs to have, and I’m going to need every ounce of it. Because I got big shoes to fill.


Sara Haines: Did you know Steve Rogers?
John Walker: Well, I was two years out of West Point when Steve came back on the scene. I followed his career very closely as an Avenger. I like to think that I modeled my work after his.
Sara Haines: So you’ve always wanted to be a hero?
John Walker: I liked that what I was doing would make people feel safe. Steve Rogers was the kind of guy who could do that, he gave me hope. Even though I never met him, he feels like a brother.


Bucky Barnes: Shouldn’t have given up the shield.
Sam Wilson: Good to see you too, Buck.
Bucky Barnes: This is wrong.
Sam Wilson: Hey, hey, look, I’m working, alright? So all this outrage is going to have to wait.


Bucky Barnes: You didn’t know that was going to happen?
Sam Wilson: No, of course I didn’t know that was going to happen. You think it didn’t break my heart to see them march him out there and call him the new Captain America?
Bucky Barnes: This isn’t what Steve wanted.
Sam Wilson: Oh, my God. So what do you want me to do? Call America and tell them I changed my mind? Huh? Yeah, right. It’s a great reunion, buddy, be well.


Bucky Barnes: You had no right to give up the shield, Sam.
Sam Wilson: Hey. This is what you’re not going to do. You’re not going to come here in your overextended life, and tell me about my rights. It’s over, Bucky. Besides, I have bigger things to deal with now.
Bucky Barnes: What could be bigger than this?
Sam Wilson: [shows him a photo of a Flag Smasher] This guy.


3. Power Broker


John Walker: [referring to Rudy] Don’t give him a second to delete, shred, or breathe.


John Walker: [as Rudy spits in his face] Do you know who I am?
Rudy: Yes, I do. And I don’t care.


Bucky Barnes: [as they go to visit Zemo] I’m going to go in alone.
Sam Wilson: Why?
Bucky Barnes: Because you’re an Avenger. You know how he feels about that.
Sam Wilson: Well, it’s not like you two were known for frolicking in the sun together.
Bucky Barnes: He was obsessed with HYDRA. We have a history together. Trust me. I got it.


Zemo: [in Russian] Longing. Rusted. Seventeen.
Bucky Barnes: Those days are over.
Zemo: I know. I just wanted to see how the new you reacts to the old words. Something is still in there. At least you were not conscious for most of your imprisonment.
Bucky Barnes: That time wasn’t exactly a picnic.
Zemo: For what it’s worth, I’m sorry. It was never personal. You were simply a means to a necessary end.


Bucky Barnes: Someone recreated the Super Soldier Serum. I need to find out who.
Zemo: You are assuming HYDRA has something to do with this, which is why you came to me. Which means you are desperate. Luckily for you, I know where to begin.


Sam Wilson: What are you talking about? You want to break Zemo out of jail? Where the hell are we, Buck? Have you lost your mind?
Bucky Barnes: We have no leads, no moves, nothing.
Sam Wilson: Yeah, what we have is one of the most dangerous men in the world behind bars.


Sam Wilson: Look, Zemo’s going to mess with our minds. Especially yours. No offense.
Bucky Barnes: Offense.


Bucky Barnes: Super Soldiers go against everything he believes in. He is crazy, but he still has a code.
Sam Wilson: And I’ve been on the wrong side of that code, Buck, and so have you. He blew up the UN. He killed King T’Chaka and framed you for it. Did you forget that? You think the Wakandans forgot about it? It’s a rhetorical question. They didn’t. I know why this matters to you, but it’s pushing you off the deep end.


Bucky Barnes: Look, let me just walk you through a hypothetical. Can I walk you through a hypothetical?
Sam Wilson: What did you do?
Bucky Barnes: I didn’t do anything.


4. The Whole World is Watching

'If you're doing something, and it makes you scared, it's probably because it's the right thing.' - Nico (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) Click To Tweet


Ayo: With time, will, and the resources, the Winter Soldier programming was removed from you like a rotten fur.
Bucky Barnes: And I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful for everything you and Shuri have done.
Ayo: Zemo murdered our King T’Chaka at the UN. The man who chose us. Who chose me to protect him.
Bucky Barnes: I understand.
Ayo: Very little, if anything, of our loss and our shame.


Bucky Barnes: [referring to Zemo, in Wakandan] He’s a means to an end.
Ayo: Eight hours, White Wolf. Then we come for him.


Zemo: [to Bucky] It was sweet of you to defend me at least.
Sam Wilson: Hey, you shut it. No one’s defending you. You killed Nagel.
Zemo: Do we really have to litigate what may or may not have happened?
Sam Wilson: There’s nothing to litigate. You straight shot the man.


Zemo: [referring to Karli] She’s getting worse. I have the will to complete this mission. Do the two of you?
Sam Wilson: She’s just a kid.
Zemo: You’re seeing something in her that isn’t there. You’re clouded by it. She’s a supremacist.


Zemo: The very concept of a Super Soldier will always trouble people. It’s that warped aspiration that led to Nazis, to Ultron, to the Avengers.
Sam Wilson: Hey, those our friends you’re talking about.
Bucky Barnes: The Avengers, not the Nazis.


Zemo: [referring to Karli] The desire to become a superhuman cannot be separated from supremacist ideals. Anyone with that serum is inherently on that path. She will not stop. She will escalate until you kill her. Or she kills you.


Bucky Barnes: Maybe you’re wrong, Zemo. The serum never corrupted Steve.
Zemo: Touché. But there has never been another Steve Rogers, has there?


Zemo: Turkish delight. Irresistible.


Teacher: We’re not refugees, for we have nothing to seek refuge from. We’re internationally displaced persons, for what it’s worth. And we don’t trust outsiders.


Teacher: I know what happens when people say they’re going to help out. Nothing.


Sam Wilson: For five years, people have been welcomed into countries that have kept them out using barbwire. There were houses, and jobs. Folks were happy to have people around to help them rebuild. It wasn’t just one community coming together, it was the entire world coming together. And then, boom. Just like that, it goes right back to the way it used to be. To them, at least Karli’s doing something.


5. Truth

'Sometimes, there's nothing to do until there's something to do.' - Joaquin Torres (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) Click To Tweet 'You got to stop looking to other people to tell you who you are.' - Sam Wilson (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) Click To Tweet


John Walker: You saw what happened. You know what I had to do. I killed him because I had to! He killed Lemar!
Bucky Barnes: He didn’t kill Lemar, John. Don’t go down that road. Believe me, it doesn’t end well.
John Walker: I’m not like you.


Sam Wilson: John, you got to give me the shield, man.
John Walker: Oh, so that’s what this is. You almost got me.
Sam Wilson: You made a mistake.
John Walker: You don’t want to do this.
Bucky Barnes: Yeah, we do.


John Walker: [to Bucky as they’re fighting] Why are you making me do this?!
Sam Wilson: This isn’t you, John.
John Walker: We could’ve been a team.


John Walker: [as he’s got a hold of Sam] I am Captain America!


Sam Wilson: It’s over, John.
John Walker: It’s mine.


Joaquin Torres: Captain America killing a foreign national in public, it’s kind of like a big deal. Like international incident big. Folks higher up on the payroll are all over it now. So, unfortunately…
Sam Wilson: They’re taking jurisdiction.


Joaquin Torres: Anyway, all we can do now is sit tight and just chill. Sometimes, there’s nothing to do until there’s something to do.
Sam Wilson: That’s bizarrely wise.
Joaquin Torres: Well, I’m a bizarrely wise man, Sam.


Joaquin Torres: [as Sam walks away with the shield] Wait, yo, you forgot the wings.
Sam Wilson: Keep them.


Government Official: John F. Walker, it is the order of this council that you are no longer to act in any capacity as a representative of the United States government, or its military. You are hereby stripped of your title and authority as Captain America, effective immediately.


John Walker: I lived my life by your mandates! I dedicated my life to your mandates! I only ever did what you asked of me, what you told me to be, and trained me to do, and I did it. And I did it well!
Government Official: You will be given an other than honorable discharge retroactive to the beginning of the month. You will hold no rank in retirement, and receive no benefits.