With ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ on the horizon, a lot of people are digging into the back stories of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, including the fact that (in the comics), both men have actually taken their turn as Captain America.  Bucky’s run took place immediately after Steve’s “death” during the original super-hero Civil War, while Sam’s was a couple of years later, around the time of the Hydra Cap story, but which of them constitutes The Better Cap?  It’s a hard call, one that’s in the eye of the beholder, leading to today’s red-white-and-blue query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has very strong opinions on this one, but everybody can agree, Sam’s costume is better, asking: Who made The Better Cap: The Falcon or The Winter Soldier?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Not having read either one and just going on gut instinct, it’s got to be the Falcon.

    Sam has that grounded-in-the-better-good-of-the-American-people thing going for him, where as Bucky has that shell-shocked-damaged-war-vet thing down, and I think that the former makes a better Captain America than the latter. Winter Soldier would make a smashing USAgent.

  2. Falcon’s probably got the clearer moral compass, and certainly a less spotty history than KGB super-assassin Bucky. Sam all the way.

    i doubt Bucky would make a good USAgent though, i think half a lifetime of being brainwashed would lead him to naturally question any orders he’s given, especially from higher-ups who just expect a obedient soldier out of USAgent. i feel like with whatever Marvel mystical BS you wanna weave to make it happen, Bucky might make a pretty awesome Ghost Rider. he’s got that need to balance the scales to make up for his previous life which i’m sure Zarathos could tap into, he’s already got that semi-nomadic (ha) “constantly on the run” outlaw biker lifestyle down, and can you imagine the GR redesign with the cybernetic arm? somebody call Steve Epting!

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