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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Steve Rogers: [Sam remembers his conversation with Steve] 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
'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: [as he’s got a hold of Sam] I am Captain America!
Sam Wilson: It’s over, John.
John Walker: It’s mine.
6. One World, One People'I feel it. The stares, the judgment. And there's nothing I can do to change it. Yet, I'm still here. No super serum, no blond hair, or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.' - Sam Wilson Click To Tweet
Sam Wilson: Do I hear Sharon?
Bucky Barnes: Unfortunately.
Sharon Carter: Hey, Sam. I thought I’d get the band back together.
Sam Wilson: You’re risking a lot coming here.
Sharon Carter: I hear pardons aren’t all they’re cracked up to be anyway.
Bucky Barnes: Depends on the therapist.
Secret Service Chief: I’m sorry, wait. Who are you?
Sam Wilson: I’m Captain America.
Secret Service Chief: I thought Captain America was on the Moon.
'Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.' - Karli Morgenthau (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) Click To Tweet
Georges Batroc: You cost me a lot of money. I wonder how much I can get for your new bird costume.
Sam Wilson: Maybe a baguette, a few French fries.
Georges Batroc: [in French] The robes don’t make the monk.
Karli Morgenthau: Aren’t you tired of fighting for the wrong side, Mr. Barnes?
Bucky Barnes: I’ve done this before, kid. I know how it ends.
Karli Morgenthau: It doesn’t matter if I don’t survive this. I’m fighting for something bigger than myself. And with all the bodies you’ve collected, have you ever been able to say the same?
Bucky Barnes: You don’t think I ever fought for something bigger than myself? That’s all I ever tried to do. And I failed twice.