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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[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.
Leah: [to Bucky, referring to Yori] You know how you call a guy whose wife died a widower? Or, if your parents die, you’re an orphan. You know, there’s no word for someone whose kids die. Because it’s the worst thing that could happen.
Loan Officer: Do I know you from somewhere? Sam Wilson: I don’t know. Do you? Loan Officer: I do. But where? Sam Wilson: Come on. [Sam pulls his arms out to imitate wings flying] Loan Officer: I knew it. Falcon!
Loan Officer: You know what I’ve always wondered, how do you guys make a living? Sarah Wilson: You mean, those guys, or the guy sitting in front of you trying to get a loan? Loan Officer: Both. I mean, your financials are all over the place. Is there some kind of fund for heroes? Or did Stark pay you when he was around? My condolences, by the way. Sam Wilson: Thank you, but, no. It doesn’t really work like that. There’s a tremendous amount of goodwill, and because of that, people are inclined to help, which applies to the business.
Loan Officer: [to Sam] But you couldn’t have been living off of goodwill this whole time. Sarah Wilson: I don’t get what you’re going for here. Are you trying to help us, or indict us? Loan Officer: You have no income over the last five years. Sarah Wilson: How can you have income if you don’t exist?
Loan Officer: Look, I’m on your side. After all, he’s a hero. Is there any chance, and, of course, you could say no, that I could get a selfie with your arms out? Sam Wilson: Are you serious?
Sarah Wilson: [after they’ve been rejected for a loan] Sam, stop. I don’t want to deal with this again. Sam Wilson: Well, that’s what life is, dealing with things.
Sarah Wilson: What are you trying to prove, Sam? And who you trying to prove it to? I swear, after Daddy died… Sam Wilson: See, I knew that was going to come up. Sarah Wilson: I never hid what I thought. You had to go off and fight armies and monsters. And I appreciate that, but you don’t get to come back here and try to right your wrongs just because you couldn’t deal with what was going on here. You don’t know what happened these last five years. I was alone, with two babies, and I survived.
Government Official: Unrest, in the wake of recent events has left us vulnerable. Every day Americans feel it. While we love heroes who put their lives on the line to defend Earth, we also need a hero to defend this country. We need a real person who embodies America’s greatest values. We need someone to inspire us again, someone who can be a symbol for all of us. So, on behalf of the Department of Defense and our, Commander-in-Chief, it is with great honor that we announce here today that the United States of America has a new hero. Join me in welcoming your new Captain America.
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.
Bucky Barnes: Well, I don’t trust Redwing. Hold on a minute! Sam Wilson: You don’t have to trust Redwing. But I’m going to go see if he’s right. Because I have a feeling they might be a part of the Big Three. Bucky Barnes: What Big Three? Sam Wilson: The Big Three. Bucky Barnes: What Big Three? Sam Wilson: Androids, aliens, and wizards. Bucky Barnes: That’s not a thing. Sam Wilson: That’s definitely a thing. Bucky Barnes: No, it’s not.
Sam Wilson: Every time we fight, we fight one of the three. Bucky Barnes: So who are you fighting now, Gandalf? Sam Wilson: How do you know about Gandalf? Bucky Barnes: I read The Hobbit, in 1937, when it first came out. Sam Wilson: So, you see my point. Bucky Barnes: No. I don’t. There are no wizards.
Sam Wilson: Doctor Strange Bucky Barnes: Is a sorcerer. Sam Wilson: A sorcerer is a wizard without a hat. Think about it, right? I’m right. I just came up with that. It’s crazy. But, look, that’s not the point. These guys aren’t magic. Alright? They use brute force, just like you, the incredibly annoying guy in front of me with the staring problem. Bucky Barnes: I’m coming with you. Sam Wilson: No, you’re not.
Bucky Barnes: So what’s our plan? [Sam doesn’t reply] Bucky Barnes: Great. So no plan. Joaquin Torres: Thirty seconds! Sam Wilson: Enjoy your ride, Buck. Bucky Barnes: No, you can’t call me that. Sam Wilson: Why not? That’s what Steve called you. Bucky Barnes: Steve knew me longer, and Steve had a plan. Joaquin Torres: Fifteen seconds to drop! Sam Wilson: I have a plan. Bucky Barnes: Really? What is it? [Sam jumps out of the plane] Bucky Barnes: Great.
Sam Wilson: [after Bucky jumps out of the plane without a chute] Oh, ho-ho! I have all of that on camera. You know that, right? Bucky Barnes: [referring to the drone] Get out of my face, Sam, or I’ll break it.
Sam Wilson: [to Bucky] You’re doing the staring thing again.
Bucky Barnes: I see a clear path. I say we take it. Sam Wilson: We’re not assassins. Bucky Barnes: I’ll see you inside, or not. Sam Wilson: Hey, come on, man. I’m just messing with you. Come back.
Sam Wilson: Look at you. All stealthy. A little time in Wakanda, and you come out White Panther. Bucky Barnes: It’s actually White Wolf. Sam Wilson: Huh?
Bucky Barnes: I got a vibranium arm. I can take them. Sam Wilson: And I can fly. Who gives a s**t? Wait.
Sam Wilson: [to Bucky, referring to Karli] That little girl kicked your a**.
Bucky Barnes: [after Sam saves Bucky] Those were all Super Soldiers, Sam. Sam Wilson: I know. You’re welcome, by the way.
Bucky Barnes: Sorry about Redwing. Sam Wilson: No, you’re not.
Sam Wilson: What’s going on in that big cyborg brain of yours? Bucky Barnes: It’s computing. Sam Wilson: You know what? I can actually see it. I can see the gears turning. Oh, they’re malfunctioning, shutting down. Yep, they’re on fire.
John Walker: Look, at least we know what we’re up against now, huh? And we’re pretty sure it’s one of the Big Three, so. Sam Wilson: Aliens, androids, or wizards. John Walker: Pretty sure. Bucky Barnes: There’s no such thing as wizards. John Walker: Alright. Then it’s aliens, or androids. Sam Wilson: Or Super Soldiers.
Bucky Barnes: [after Walker asks them to join him] Just because you carry that shield, it doesn’t mean you’re Captain America. John Walker: Look, I’ve done the work, okay? Bucky Barnes: You ever jump on top of a grenade? John Walker: Yeah. Actually, I have. Four times. It’s a thing I do with my helmet. It’s a reinforced helmet. It’s a long story.
Sam Wilson: [referring to the Super Soldiers] They say their mission is to get things back to the way it was during The Blip. Maybe they’re just trying to help. Bucky Barnes: They got a funny way of showing it. John Walker: That serum doesn’t exactly have a great track record. No offense.
John Walker: [referring to Bucky] Does he always just stare like that? Sam Wilson: You get used to it.
Sam Wilson: So why exactly are you two here? Lemar: [referring to the GRC] Well, they provide the resources, and we keep things stable. John Walker: Yeah, violent revolutionaries aren’t usually good for anyone’s cause. Sam Wilson: Usually said by the people with the resources. John Walker: Well, we got a lot of resources.
Lemar: [to Sam and Bucky] I got mad respect for both of y’all. But you were kind of getting your a**es kicked till we showed up.
Bucky Barnes: Who are you? Lemar: Lemar Hoskins. Sam Wilson: Look, I see a guy hanging out of a helicopter in tactical gear, I need a lot more than Lemar Hoskins. Lemar: I’m Battlestar. John’s partner. Bucky Barnes: Battlestar?
John Walker: I get the attitude, I do. You didn’t think that the shield was going to end up here. I get it, Bucky. And I’m not trying to be Steve. I’m not trying to replace Steve. I’m just trying to be the best Captain America I can be. That’s it. It’d be a whole lot easier if I had Cap’s wingman on my side. Sam Wilson: It’s always that last line.
Karli Morgenthau: [to the other Super Soldiers] We’re not playing no more. We can’t let these a**holes who were put back in power after The Blip win. The GRC care more about the people who came back than the ones who never left. We got a glimpse of how things could be. I need to know that you’re all committed, because after tomorrow, there’s no going back.
Bucky Barnes: Let’s take the shield, Sam. Let’s take the shield, and do this ourselves. Sam Wilson: We can’t just run up on the man, beat him up, and take it. Do you remember what happened the last time we stole it? Bucky Barnes: Maybe. Sam Wilson: I’ll help you in case you forgot. Sharon was branded enemy of the state, and Steve and I were on the run for two years. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life la vida loca.
Kid: Hey, it’s Black Falcon. What’s up? Sam Wilson: It’s just Falcon, kid. Kid: No, no. My daddy told me it’s Black Falcon. Sam Wilson: Is it because I’m Black and I’m the Falcon? Kid: Well, technically, I mean, yes. Sam Wilson: So are you like Black kid?
Bucky Barnes: Sam, this is Isaiah. He was a hero. One of the ones that HYDRA feared the most. Like Steve. We met in ’51. Isaiah Bradley: If by met, you mean I whupped your a**, then, yeah.
Isaiah Bradley: I took half that metal arm in that fight in Goyang, but I see he’s managed to grow it back. I just wanted to see if he got the arm back. Or if he’d come to kill me. Bucky Barnes: I’m not a killer anymore. Isaiah Bradley: You think you can wake up one day and decide who you want to be? It doesn’t work like that. Well, maybe it does for folks like you.
Isaiah Bradley: [to Bucky] You know what they did to me for being a hero? They put my a** in jail for thirty years. People running tests, taking my blood, coming into my cell. Even your people weren’t done with me.
Sam Wilson: [referring to Isaiah] Steve didn’t know about him? Bucky Barnes: He didn’t. I didn’t tell him. Sam Wilson: So you’re telling me that there was a black Super Soldier decades ago and nobody knew about it?
Cop #1: [referring to Sam] Is this guy bothering you? Bucky Barnes: No, he’s not bothering me. Do you know who this is? Cop #2: [whispers to the other cop] Hey, these guys are Avengers.
Bucky Barnes: [to Sam, referring to Isaiah] I didn’t tell anybody because he had already been through enough.
Dr. Raynor: [after Walker intervenes in Bucky’s arrest] So, who would like to start? Sam Wilson: Alright. Look, Dr. Raynor? I get it, why you want me to talk to Freaky Magoo over here. But I’m on hundred percent fine.
Sam Wilson: This is ridiculous. Bucky Barnes: Yeah. I agree. Dr. Raynor: See? Making progress already.
Dr. Raynor: We’re going to do an exercise. It’s something I use with couples when they are trying to figure out what kind of life they want to build together. Are you familiar with the miracle question? Bucky Barnes: Absolutely not. Sam Wilson: Of course not.
Dr. Raynor: Suppose that while you’re sleeping, a miracle occurs. When you wake up, what is something that you would like to see that would make your life better? Bucky Barnes: In my miracle, he would talk less. Sam Wilson: Exactly what I was going to say. Isn’t that ironic?
Dr. Raynor: You guys are leaving me with no choice. It’s time for the soul-gazing exercise. Bucky Barnes: I like this one better. Sam Wilson: Oh, my God. He’s going to love this.
Dr. Raynor: Now look at each other. You need to look at each other in the eyes. There, you see? That wasn’t so hard. [Sam and Bucky keep staring at each other] Dr. Raynor: Wait, what are you doing? Are you having a staring contest? [as they continue to stare at each other, she snaps her finger] Dr. Raynor: Just blink. Sweet Jesus.
Dr. Raynor: Alright, James, why does Sam aggravate you? And don’t say something childish. Bucky Barnes: Why did you give up that shield? Sam Wilson: Why are you making such a big deal out of something that has nothing to do with you?
Bucky Barnes: Steve believed in you. He trusted you. He gave you that shield for a reason. That shield, that is everything he stood for. That is his legacy. He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. Sam Wilson: Shut up. Bucky Barnes: So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.
Sam Wilson: [to Bucky] Maybe this is something you or Steve will never understand. But can you accept that I did what I thought was right?
Sam Wilson: You know what, Doc? I don’t have time for this. We have some real serious s**t going on. So how about this? I will squash it right now. We go deal with that, and when we’re done, we both can go on separate, long vacations, and never see each other again. Bucky Barnes: I like that. Sam Wilson: Great. Well, let’s get to work. Thanks, Doc, for making it weird. I feel much better.
Dr. Raynor: I know that look. What’s wrong? Bucky Barnes: What was rule number two again? Dr. Raynor: Don’t hurt anyone. Bucky Barnes: Goodbye, Doc.
Sam Wilson: [after their therapy session] Well, I feel better. Bucky Barnes: I feel awful.
Bucky Barnes: Things are really intense for you, aren’t they, Walker? Sam Wilson: [referring to the Flash Smashers] Take it easy. Look, Walker’s right. It is imperative that we find them and stop them. But you guys have rules of engagement, and all kind of authorizations you have to get. We’re free agents. We’re more flexible. So it wouldn’t make sense for us to work with you. John Walker: A word of advice then. Stay the hell out of my way.
Sam Wilson: So what are you thinking? Bucky Barnes: Well, I know what we have to do. When Isaiah said “my people”… Sam Wilson: Oh, don’t take that to heart. That’s not what he meant. Bucky Barnes: No, he meant HYDRA. HYDRA used to be my people. Sam Wilson: Not a chance.
Bucky Barnes: Walker doesn’t have any leads. Sam Wilson: I know where you’re going with this, no. Bucky Barnes: He knows all of HYDRA’s secrets. Don’t you remember Siberia? Sam Wilson: So you’re just going to go sit in a room with this guy? Bucky Barnes: Yes. Sam Wilson: Okay, then. We’re going to go see Zemo.
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.
[after Bucky orchestrates a prison riot to help Zemo escape] Sam Wilson: What did you do? Bucky Barnes: We need him, Sam Sam Wilson: You’re going back to prison! Zemo: If I may… Bucky, Sam: No!
Bucky Barnes: When Steve refused to sign the Sokovia Accords, you backed him. You broke the law, and you stuck your neck out for me. I’m asking you to do it again. Zemo: I really think I’m invaluable. Sam Wilson: Shut up.
Sam Wilson: So our first move is grand theft auto? Zemo: These are mine. Collected by family over the generations. I spent years hunting people HYDRA recruited to recreate the serum. Because once it’s out there, someone can create an army of people, like the Avengers.
Zemo: I ended the Winter Soldier program once before. I have no intention to leave my work unfinished.
Sam Wilson: So all this time you’ve been rich? Zemo: I’m a Baron, Sam. My family was royalty until your friends destroyed my country.
Zemo: [to Sam] You don’t know what it’s like to be locked in a cell. Oh. That’s right. You do.
Zemo: [reading from Bucky’s notebook] Who is Nakajima? Bucky Barnes: If you touch that again, I’ll kill you. Zemo: I’m sorry. I understand that list of names. People you’ve wronged as the Winter Soldier. Bucky Barnes: Don’t push it.
Sam Wilson: I’ve seen that book. It was Steve’s when he came out of the ice. I told him about Trouble Man. He wrote it in that book. Did you hear it? What did you think? Bucky Barnes: I like ’40s music, so. Sam Wilson: You didn’t like it? Bucky Barnes: I liked it.
Zemo: It is a masterpiece, James. Complete. Comprehensive. It captures the African American experience. Sam Wilson: He’s out of line, but he’s right. It’s great. Everybody loves Marvin Gaye. Bucky Barnes: I like Marvin Gaye. Sam Wilson: Steve adored Marvin Gaye.
Zemo: You must have really looked up to Steve. But I realized something when I met him. The danger with people like him, America’s Super Soldiers, is that we put them on pedestals. Sam Wilson: Watch your step, Zemo. Zemo: They become symbols. Icons. And then we start to forget about their flaws. From there, cities fly, innocent people die. Movements are formed, wars are fought. You remember that, right? As a young soldier sent to Germany to stop a mad icon. Do we want to live in a world full of people like the Red Skull?
Sam Wilson: We have to do something about this. I’m the only one who looks like a pimp. Zemo: Only an American would assume a fashion-forward Black man looks like a pimp. You look exactly like the man you’re supposed to be playing. The sophisticated, charming African rake named Conrad Mack, AKA, the Smiling Tiger. Sam Wilson: He even has a bad nickname. [looks at a photo of Smiling Tiger] Sam Wilson: Hell, he does look like me though.
Bucky Barnes: A power broker? Really? Zemo: Every kingdom needs its king. Let’s just pray we stay under his radar. Sam Wilson: Do you know him? Zemo: Only by reputation. In Madripoor he is judge, jury, and executioner.
Zemo: [referring to Bucky acting as the Winter Soldier] Didn’t take much for him to fall back into form.
[after their cover is blown and Selby is killed] Sam Wilson: They’re going to pin this on us. Zemo: We have a real problem now, so leave your weapons and follow my lead.
Sam Wilson: [as they’re being shot at] I can’t run in these heels!
Zemo: You seem to have a guardian angel. Sharon Carter: Well, this is too perfect. Drop it, Zemo. Bucky Barnes: Sharon?
Bucky Barnes: So what are you doing here? Sharon Carter: I stole Steve’s shield, remember? I also took the wings for your a**, so that you could save his a** from his a**. Unlike you, I didn’t have the Avengers to back me up. So I’m off the grid in Madripoor. Sam Wilson: Hey, don’t blow smoke. I was on the run too. Sharon Carter: Was. Is. Big difference. I don’t speak to my family anymore. I can’t. My own father doesn’t know where I am.
Sam Wilson: Looks like breaking all those laws is treating you well. Sharon Carter: Well, at some point I thought if I had to hustle, I might as well enjoy the life of a real hustler.
Sharon Carter: You know how much I’ll get for a real Monet? Sam Wilson: Easy. Deactivate your hustle mode. You sell fake Monets. Zemo: No. She means real. This gallery is specialized in stolen artwork. Monet. Van Gogh. Classics. Bucky Barnes: It’s true. You know, half the artwork in museums like the Louvre is fake. Real stuff sits in places like this. Sam Wilson: Okay, guys, I see what you’re doing. You’re more worldly than good old Sam. Bucky Barnes: [as Sam checks on online] Yeah. What does Google say? Sam Wilson: No s**t.
Sam Wilson: What’s going on, Sharon? You don’t ever want to come back home? Sharon Carter: They’ll lock me up if I step foot back in the States. Madripoor doesn’t allow extradition.
Sam Wilson: Look, I’m sorry I didn’t call. But after The Blip and the chaos, I just… Sharon Carter: Look, you know the whole hero thing is a joke, right? I mean, the way you gave up that shield, deep down, you must know it’s all hypocrisy. Zemo: He knows. And not so deep down.
Sharon Carter: By the way, how is the new Cap? Bucky Barnes: Don’t get me started. Sharon Carter: Please. You buy into all that stars and stripes bulls**t. Before you were his pet psychopath, you were Mr. America! Cap’s best friend. Bucky Barnes: Wow. She’s kind of awful now.
Sam Wilson: We need your help, Sharon. I can get your name cleared. Sharon Carter: You haggling with my life? Sam Wilson: Not like that. Sharon Carter: I don’t buy that. You pretending like you can clear my name.
Sam Wilson: Okay, maybe it is hypocrisy. Maybe you’re right. What happened to you. But I’m willing to try if you are. They cleared the bionic staring machine, and he killed almost everybody he’s met. Bucky Barnes: I heard that. Sharon Carter: I don’t trust charity. Sam Wilson: Alright, a deal then. You help us out, and I get your name cleared.
Dr. Wilfred Nagel: [referring to the serum] I was a god. I did what no other scientist since Erskine was able to do. But mine was going to be different. No clunky machines or jacked up bodies. Mine was going to be subtle, optimized, perfect. Sam Wilson: How have we never heard about this? Dr. Wilfred Nagel: Because, before I was able to complete my work, I turned to dust. Then when I returned, it was five years later. The program had been abandoned, so I came here. The Power Broker was more than happy to fund the recreation of my work.
Sam Wilson: [as bounty hunters are shooting at them] And you like living here?! Sharon Carter: It’s not terrible.
Bucky Barnes: I thought we were going left? Sam Wilson: You went the wrong way! Bucky Barnes: I was clearing the way! Sam Wilson: I came out first! You’re supposed to follow me! Bucky Barnes: And where are we now? Sharon Carter: Guys, not the time! Bucky Barnes: This is a barricade. Sam Wilson: It’s in every action movie!
Sam Wilson: You’re going back to jail. Zemo: Do you want to find Karli or not? Bucky Barnes: He’s right. We need him. And there’s two of us, and at least twenty of them. Come on. Sam Wilson: Fine. But if you try that s**t again… Zemo: I wouldn’t dream of it.
Sharon Carter: Well, that was one hell of a reunion.
Sam Wilson: [as he sits int he back seat of the car] You’re not going to move your seat up, are you? Bucky Barnes: No.
Karli Morgenthau: [to Dovich] Do you remember how scared we were when we took the serum? Felt like my veins were on fire. Prayed it’d kill me. But it was worth it, because this world is ours.
Lemar: [after finding out the Sam and Bucky broke out Zemo] Okay, so I take it what happens next isn’t a strictly on-the-books type thing, is it, Captain? John Walker: Lemar, if we get the job done, you really think they’re going to sweat us on the how?
Sam Wilson: I’m just thinking about all the s**t Sharon had to go through. And Nagel referring to the American test subject, like Isaiah wasn’t even a real person. It just makes me wonder how many people have to get steamrolled to make way for this hunk of metal. Bucky Barnes: Well, it depends on who you ask. That hunk of metal saved a lot of lives.
Sam Wilson: Maybe I made a mistake. Bucky Barnes: You did. Sam Wilson: Yeah. Maybe I shouldn’t have put it in a museum. Maybe I should have destroyed it. Bucky Barnes: Look, that shield represents a lot of things to a lot of people, including me. The world is upside down, and we need a new Cap. And it ain’t going to be Walker. So before you destroy it, I’m going to take it from him myself.
Dovich: [as the storage facility explodes] There were still people in there! Karli Morgenthau: This is the only language these people understand.
Zemo: [to Sam and Bucky] I heard what became of Sokovia. Cannibalized by its neighbors before the land was even cleared of rubble, erased from the map. I don’t suppose any of you bothered visiting the memorial? Of course not. Why would you?
Bucky Barnes: You dropped something. I was wondering when you were going to show up. [he turns to see Ayo] Ayo: [in Wakandan] I’m here for Zemo.
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.
Bucky Barnes: [referring to Karli] You really think her ends justify her means? [points to Zemo] Bucky Barnes: Then, she’s no different than him, or anybody else we’ve fought. Sam Wilson: She’s different. She’s not motivated by the same things.
Bucky Barnes: [to Zemo] You want to see what someone can do with leverage? Sam Wilson: Take it easy. Don’t engage him. He’s just going to extort you and do that stupid head tilt thing.
Sam Wilson: Zemo found out the funeral is later today, but he’s holding us hostage with the information. Sharon Carter: And that surprises you?
Sam Wilson: Sharon, listen, I know I owe you already, but we could use a trustworthy set of eyes on the camp. You got any more tricks in your bag? Sharon Carter: I may or may not have access to a satellite or two.
Karli Morgenthau: Do you think I’m making a mistake, making more of us? Nico: My grandfather, Lukasz, he was a World War II resistance fighter. He always used to tell me, “If you’re doing something, and it makes you scared, it’s probably because it’s the right thing.” And he fought Nazis, so.
Nico: You know, when I was a kid, I was actually a Captain America fan. Karli Morgenthau: I don’t know if I should tease you about that yet or not. Nico: He made me believe that there was decent people in this world. I didn’t think there could be another Captain America until I met you.
Nico: You know, back then, there was just good and bad. But the world’s more complicated now. People are lost. They need a leader who looks like them, who understands their pain. Someone who understands that today’s heroes don’t have the luxury of keeping their hands clean. What we’re doing will outlive the legacy of that shield. Karli Morgenthau: That shield is a monument to a bygone era. A reminder of all the people history just left out. If anything, that shield should be destroyed.
Bucky Barnes: Ah! How did you find us now? Lemar: Come on, man. You think two Avengers can walk around Latvia without drawing attention?
John Walker: I think we’re way past reasoning with her, unless you forgot the fact that she blew up a building with people still in it. Lemar: Sam, you walk in there cold, she could kill you, man. Sam Wilson: And if I go in hot, and the op goes wrong, more people will die. John Walker: Are you going to let him do this? Are you going to let your partner walk into a room with a Super Soldier alone? Bucky Barnes: He’s dealt with worse. And he’s not my partner.
John Walker: We’ll deal with you later. Zemo: I’m sure it will all come to an agreeable conclusion.
John Walker: [to Sam as he handcuffs Zemo] Hey. You got ten minutes. Zemo: Really? John Walker: Then we’re doing things my way. Zemo: Aggressive. But I get it.
Karli Morgenthau: The struggle is what brings us all together. People who have nothing in common. For we are, after all, simply one world and one people. So live accordingly.
Sam Wilson: I’m sorry for your loss. Karli Morgenthau: Don’t condescend to me. I’m not a child. Sam Wilson: I’m not condescending. I know what it’s like to lose someone. Believe me. Karli Morgenthau: No, you don’t. Not like this.
Karli Morgenthau: People around the world need me. Millions of them. Sam Wilson: Right, I can’t speak for millions, but I understand you. I understand your frustration. I understand your helplessness.
Karli Morgenthau: So you want me to stop because people are getting hurt, right? But, Sam, what if I’m making the world a better place? Sam Wilson: No, it’s not a better place if you’re killing people. It’s just different. Karli Morgenthau: You’re either brilliant, or just hopelessly optimistic. Sam Wilson: Well, can’t I be a little bit of both? Karli Morgenthau: No.
John Walker: This is all really easy for you, isn’t it? All that serum running through your veins. Barnes, your partner needs backup in there. Do you really want his blood on your hands?
Sam Wilson: This guy I know, who knows more about Super Soldiers than anyone else on the planet, he says you’re a supremacist. Karli Morgenthau: Me? Sam Wilson: Yeah. Karli Morgenthau: That’s ridiculous. Everything I do is to end supremacy. These corporations, and the beasts who run them, they’re the supremacists.
Sam Wilson: You’re killing innocent people. Karli Morgenthau: They’re not innocent. They’re roadblocks in my journey, and I’d kill them again if I had to. Sam Wilson: Wow. Karli Morgenthau: No, no, no, no. I didn’t mean it like that. You tricked me into sounding like… Sam Wilson: Like what?
Karli Morgenthau: The people I’m fighting are trying to take your home, Sam. Why are you here instead of stopping them? Sam Wilson: You know, my sister’s waiting for that exact same answer. I’m not your enemy. I agree with your fight. I just can’t get with the way you’re fighting it.
Karli Morgenthau: You know, when we first came together, I mean, what were the chances that we’d all be assigned to the same quarter? To find people I would have never met, people that I would’ve been taught to hate if I lived somewhere else? I thought we’d been chosen. But now, I just wish there were a dozen more of us to fight. Nico: We’re still stronger than they are. Karli Morgenthau: We started this together, and that’s how it’ll end.
Dovich: [reading the message from the Power Broker] “You play revolutionary on borrowed time, little girl. I want the serum back, or I will find you, and I will end you.”
Nico: We cannot fight two wars and win. Karli Morgenthau: I’ll deal with the Power Broker when the time comes. And I know a way that we can deal with Sam without getting involved in a direct fight. Dovich: Yeah? How do you propose we do that? Karli Morgenthau: We separate them. And then we kill Captain America.
Zemo: [after Sam confirms he wasn’t offered the serum] If you had been, hypothetically, that is, would you have taken it? Sam Wilson: No. Zemo: No hesitation. That’s impressive.
Zemo: Sam, you can’t hold out hope for Karli. No matter what you saw in her, she’s gone. And we cannot allow that she and her acolytes become yet another faction of gods amongst real people. Super Soldiers cannot be allowed to exist. Sam Wilson: Isn’t that how gods talk? And if that’s how you feel, what about Bucky? Blood isn’t always the solution.
Bucky Barnes: Something’s not right about Walker. Sam Wilson: You don’t say. Bucky Barnes: Well, I know a crazy when I see one. Because I am crazy. Sam Wilson: Can’t argue with that.
Bucky Barnes: [referring to Walkder] Shouldn’t have given him the shield. Sam Wilson: I didn’t give him the shield. Bucky Barnes: Well, Steve definitely didn’t.
Sam Wilson: [as the Dora Milaje come for Zemo] You might want to fight Bucky before you tangle with the Dora Milaje. John Walker: The Dora Milaje don’t have jurisdiction here. Ayo: The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be.
Sam Wilson: [referring to Zemo] I can’t believe he pulled an El Chapo. Bucky Barnes: I can.
Lemar: [as Walker signs an autograph] How long till that gets really annoying? John Walker: You’re just mad that she didn’t ask for yours. Lemar: Oh, it’s her loss. I even got a little Battlestar logo I draw with it.
John Walker: If you had the chance to take the serum, would you? Lemar: Hells, yeah. John Walker: You wouldn’t be worried about how it might change you? Lemar: I mean, power just makes a person more of themselves, right? Karli Morgenthau. Steve Rogers. John Walker: And me? Lemar: You already have three Medals of Honor. You consistently make the right decisions in the heat of battle.
John Walker: Being Cap is the first time I’ve had the chance to do something that actually feels right. Lemar: But God! Imagine how many lives we could have saved that day if we had that serum. John Walker: I know. I know.
Karli Morgenthau: My name is Karli Morgenthau. Sarah Wilson: I’ve seen you on the news. You’re the leader of the Flag Smashers, those terrorists. Right? Karli Morgenthau: Revolutionaries, depending on whose side you’re on.
Sarah Wilson: [referring to Walker] I didn’t choose him. Karli Morgenthau: Who would you have chosen instead? Sarah Wilson: My world doesn’t matter to America. So why should I care about its mascot?
Sam Wilson: You called my sister? That’s how we’re going to play this? Karli Morgenthau: I would never hurt her. I wanted to understand you better. I see you didn’t come alone. Sam Wilson: You have to end this now. Karli Morgenthau: I don’t want to hurt you. You’re just a tool in the regimes I’m looking to destroy. You’re not hiding behind a shield. If I were to kill you, it’d be meaningless. I was going to ask you to join me. Or do the world a favor and let me go.
[after Walker takes the last serum and Karli kills Lemar] John Walker: Where is she? Nico: It wasn’t me! It wasn’t me! [Walker then kills him with the shield in front of a crowd]
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.
John Walker: You built me. Senator, I am Captain America. Government Official: Not anymore. And if you continue to demean and denigrate the priorities and dignity of this council, you will spend the rest of your life in the US Disciplinary Barracks. Consider yourself extremely fortunate, Mr. Walker, and return the shield to us with expedience.
John Walker: They just do not know what it takes to be Captain America. They just don’t. It’s not like I’m just going to disappear.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: Well, these boots are not made for walking. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Actually, it’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. I know it’s hard, but I don’t like to repeat myself, so you can just call me Val. But don’t call me Val, just keep it in your head.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: Anyway, you did the right thing taking the serum. Yeah, of course I know about that. And I’ll tell you something. It has made you very, very valuable to certain people. I actually think it was the second best choice you’ve ever made in your life. Oh, you want to know what the first best choice was? Oh. Tied with marrying this fabulous firecracker sitting right next to me. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: [turns to Olivia] How’s it going? Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: [to Walker] Picking up the phone when I call you.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: Oh, by the way, don’t worry about the shield. I know you don’t have it. Here’s a little, dirty state secret. It doesn’t really belong to the government. It’s kind of a legal gray area.
Karli Morgenthau: How many times do we have to pay with our lives just to be citizens of this goddamn planet! The movement is ready. They’re not going to stop. Not unless we make them. It’s time.
Zemo: [in Sokovia] I thought you’d be here sooner. Don’t worry. I’ve decided I’m not going to kill you. Bucky Barnes: Imagine my relief.
Zemo: The girl has been radicalized beyond salvation. I warned Sam, but he didn’t listen to me. He’s as stubborn as Steve Rogers before him. But you, they literally programmed you to kill. James, do what needs to be done. Karli has people everywhere, and there’s only one way to make sure she cannot continue her mission. Bucky Barnes: I appreciate the advice. But we’re going to do it our own way. Zemo: Yeah. I was afraid you would say that.
Zemo: [as the Dora Milaje come for him] I took the liberty of crossing off my name in your book. I hold no grudges for what you thought you had to do. Goodbye, James.
Isaiah Bradley: [referring to the shield] Leave it covered. Them stars and stripes don’t mean nothing good to me. Sam Wilson: I need to understand. Isaiah Bradley: You understand. Every Black man does. Whether you want to deny it or not. Sam Wilson: Don’t do that bitter, old man thing with me. Isaiah Bradley: If you ain’t bitter, you’re blind.
Sam Wilson: What went wrong? Isaiah Bradley: I used to be like you. Until I opened my eyes, until I saw men in the Red Tails, the famous three-three-two, fight for this country, only to come home to find crosses burned on their lawn.
Sam Wilson: But you were a Super Soldier like Steve. You could’ve been the next… Isaiah Bradley: The next? What? Huh? Blonde hair, blue eyes, stars and stripes? The entire world’s been chasing that great white hope since he first got dosed with that serum. Sam Wilson: Steve did not put you in jail.
[after explaining other soldiers like him were given different versions of the serum] Isaiah Bradley: It wasn’t long before it was only me left. And what did I get for saving their lives? For the next thirty years, they experimented on me, trying to figure out why the serum worked.
Sam Wilson: We got to do something. We got to tell somebody. Isaiah Bradley: No. Leave me dead. My name is buried. Sam Wilson: But the world’s different now. I know people.
Isaiah Bradley: You think things are different? You think times are different? You think I wouldn’t be dead in a day if you brought me out? You want to believe jail was my fault because you got that white man’s shield. They were worried my story might get out. So, they erased me. My history. But they’ve been doing that for five hundred years. Pledge allegiance to that, my brother.
Isaiah Bradley: They will never let a Black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting Black man would ever want to be.
Sarah Wilson: Aren’t you supposed to be off saving the world? Why are you back here bothering me? Sam Wilson: Because my family’s well-being is a part of the world.
Sam Wilson: Why didn’t you use the metal arm? Bucky Barnes: Well, I don’t always think of it immediately. I’m right handed.
Bucky Barnes: So this is the boat, huh? Sam Wilson: This is it. Bucky Barnes: It’s nice. You want any help?
Sam Wilson: [as Bucky is about to leave] You’re just going to set me up like that, huh? Bucky Barnes: Well, I don’t want to make it weird for your family. Sam Wilson: Just stay here. The people in this town are the most welcoming people in the world. They don’t care if you wear small T-shirts, or if you have six toes, or if your mom’s your aunt. Bucky Barnes: Okay, I get it. I mean, you know, the people are nice.
Sam Wilson: But don’t flirt with my sister. Bucky Barnes: No. Sam Wilson: Because if you do, I’ll have Carlos cut you up and feed you to the fish.
Sarah Wilson: I told you specifically that the water pump was not the problem, and yet, here you are. Bucky Barnes: Yep, Samuel. Sam Wilson: In our defense, we were supposed to be done long before you woke up. Sarah Wilson: I don’t come up to the sky to tell you how to barrel roll, or whatever, so don’t come down here and start messing around with things you clearly don’t understand.
Sam Wilson: Feels weird. Picking it up again. The legacy of that shield is complicated, to say the least. Bucky Barnes: When Steve told me what he was planning, I don’t think either of us really understood what it felt like for a Black man to be handed the shield. How could we? I owe you an apology. I’m sorry.
Bucky Barnes: Whatever happened with Walker, it wasn’t your fault. I get it. It’s just, that shield’s the closest thing I’ve got left to a family. So when you retired it, it made me feel like I had nothing left. Made me question everything. You, Steve, me. You know, I’ve got his book. And I just figured if it worked for him, then it’d work for me. Sam Wilson: I understand, man. But Steve is gone. And this might be a surprise, but it doesn’t matter what Steve thought. You got to stop looking to other people to tell you who you are.
Sam Wilson: Let me ask you. You still having those nightmares? Bucky Barnes: All the time. It means I remember. It means a part of me is still there. Which means a part of the Winter Soldier’s still in me.
Sam Wilson: You up for a little tough love? You want to climb out of the hell you’re in, do the work. Do it. Bucky Barnes: I’ve been making amends. Sam Wilson: No. You weren’t amending, you were avenging. You were stopping all the wrongdoers you enabled as the Winter Soldier, because you thought it would bring you closure.
Sam Wilson: You go to these people and say “sorry”, because you think it’ll make you feel better, right? But you got to make them feel better. You got to go to them and be of service. I’m sure there’s at least one person in that book who needs closure about something, and you’re the only one who can give it to them. Bucky Barnes: Probably a dozen. Sam Wilson: That’s cool. Start with one. Bucky Barnes: Good talk.
Bucky Barnes: You call me when you have a lead, and I’ll be there. Not necessarily as a team. Sam Wilson: Nope. Bucky Barnes: We’re not that good. Sam Wilson: Definitely not. Bucky Barnes: We’re professionals. Sam Wilson: Definitely. Bucky Barnes: And we’re partners. Sam Wilson: Co-workers. Bucky Barnes: But we’re also a couple of guys with a mutual friend. Sam Wilson: Friend’s now gone. Bucky Barnes: So we’re a couple of guys. Sam Wilson: I can live with that. Bucky Barnes: Perfect.
Sam Wilson: [referring to the boat] We have to preserve this. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I can’t win every fight. And that’s cool. I’m okay with that. But this, this is our history. We can’t lose this fight.
Sam Wilson: All our struggles as a people, I think about it, and I used to say, “I’m going to show them. I’m going to go out and change the world.” Yeah, silly, I know. But when I’d look in your eyes, I could tell you were always thinking that I was running away. Sarah Wilson: Sam, listen to me. At no point in my life did I ever think you were running away. From anything. Not even when I was lighting your a** up at the bank. Who knew you were so sensitive.
Sarah Wilson: There’s a fight out there, and then, there’s our fight here. And, bro, you have taken them both on. So you really going to let Isaiah Bradley get in your head? You going to let him decide what you do next? Sam Wilson: Isaiah has been to hell and back. If I was in his shoes, I’d probably feel the exact same way. But what would be the point of all the pain and sacrifice if I wasn’t willing to stand up and keep fighting?
Dovich: So we’re working with criminals now? Karli Morgenthau: Haven’t you heard? We are criminals. Georges gets his payback, and we get a killer. It’s a bargain on both sides. Georges Batroc: You invite me here for a picnic or what?
Georges Batroc: I’m only here to kill the Falcon. Karli Morgenthau: You’ll get your chance. Tonight, we go to battle. All of us.