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    Falcon (Torres)

    Character » Falcon (Torres) appears in 64 issues.

    A young man who became the new Falcon after being experimented on by Doctor Mallus. After being imbued with Redwings DNA, Joaquin was unable to change back due to his new healing factor, courtesy of Redwings vampiric nature. Now, he fights crime as the new Falcon

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    Origin

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    Joaquin Torres is seventeen years old living somewhere between Tuscon, AZ and Sonoita, AZ. He came to America from Mexico illegally with his mother and grandmother when he was a young boy. Joaquin is a Samaritan, one who runs food, water, and medicine to broder crossers so they don't starve or die before they reach their destination.

    On a border run delivering water, Joaquin was abducted by the Sons of the Serpent and delivered to a lab in New York operated by Dr. Karl Malus. When Joaquin's grandmother, Mariana, made a request to Captain America on the news to look into his disappearance, Sam Wilson investigated and was captured himself. Malus experimented on them both. Sam's transformation into Cap Wolf was temporary. However, splicing Redwing's DNA irreversibly onto the younger man's, Joaquin was permanently changed into a falcon/human hybrid complete with arm wings, falcon eyes, and telepathic connection to Redwing. Also, due to Redwing's vampiric nature from his run-in with Baron Blood, Joaquin's regenerative abilities prevent his transformation from being reversed. While recovering in the hospital from Malus' experimentation, Misty Knight and Dennis Dunphy took turns watching over him.

    Creation

    Joaquin made his first appearance in Captain America: Sam Wilson #1 by Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña.

    Major Story Arcs

    Falcon's Falcon

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    Joaquin proved to be a bit of a handful on a couple of occasions, having taken to flying around the hospital whenever he became bored. As Sam Wilson continued his investigation into Malus and the Sons of the Serpent, he came into conflict with Viper and Serpent Solutions. Discovering he and Redwing shared a telepathic link with Sam, Joaquin sensed Sam in danger and flew out a hospital window and arrived in time to catch Sam in mid-fall after he had been pushed out a window. With Sam paralyzed by Asp, Joaquin had to fight off Serpent Solutions by himself until he received help from Diamondback, Misty Knight, and Demolition Man. After Viper and his group had been defeated, Joaquin designed his own costume and declared himself the new Falcon.

    Later, while the Avengers found themselves in a second Civil War, Sam and Torres found themselves trying to cool tension between the new Americops and Rage, who was leading a neighborhood protest against the Americops aggression. This was the beginning of the end of Sam Wilson's tenure as Captain America. The media, public outcry, and political elites starting pushing back, including targeting Torres' immigration status. Thanks to some encouragement from Rage, Torres even confronted one of the political talking heads calling him out in the media, only to end up saving her from violent liberal terrorists.

    Sam was proud of Torres, but when Rage was arrested on false charges and beat into a coma in prison, Sam had had enough. He quit as Captain America, putting Torres' status a a sidekick into question.

    Champions

    During Hydra's attempted takeover of America, Torres joined the Resistance and eventually fell in with Kamala Khan's new Champions during the various rescue efforts. Specifically, he helped Amadeus Cho look for survivors in the rubble of Las Vegas

    He would remain on the team for awhile offering support, especially when the team was manipulated by Blackheart into fighting each other and when the team turned into criminals thanks to the Kamala's Law, which prohibited superhuman vigilantism for anyone under 21 unless they have a mentor.

    Symbol of Truth

    After liking the feeling of being back in his Captain America uniform, Sam continues using the identity with Torres as his wingman. A tip from Misty Knight put him and Sam on a super-soldier serum smuggling operation, where they find migrants being attacked by mysterious henchmen. Sam and Torres split up to investigate further, with Torres staying with Louisa, his cousin who happened to be among the migrants.

    Other media

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

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    Joaquin appears in the TV-series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The character has been portrayed by actor Danny Ramirez. The character is portrayed slightly older and as an active member of the US Air Force, working as Sam Wilson's main contact. He is the first person to clue Sam in on the Flag-Smashers. He is last seen recovering Falcon's broken wing gear after Sam tells him to keep it.

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