The Best Quotes from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Marvel Series)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+! 

Marvel Studios’ latest series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson (also know as The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (also know as The Winter Soldier).

The unlikely pair, who is often at each other’s throats, must now team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.

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The Best Falcon and the Winter Soldier Quotes from Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and More!

I love a great Marvel quote. There are so many good ones! And I know this series is sure to bring some new pop culture quotes to store away in my brain. 🙂

Below are my favorite quotes from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series (so far)! Check back each week for updates following the new episodes that release.

How does it feel? — Steve Rogers (Captain America) about the Shield // Like it’s someone else’s. — Sam Wilson (The Falcon) // It isn’t. — Steve Rogers

Sam, this has to be subtle. — Military Leader // Subtle. Got it. — Sam Wilson (The Falcon)

Every time something gets better for one group, it gets worse for another. — Sam Wilson

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 about LAF

Steve represented the best in all of us. Courageous, righteous, hopeful. And he mastered posing stoically. 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, 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. Thank you, Captain America. But this belongs to you. — Sam Wilson

Crazy to think nobody’s going to be carrying the shield. — James Rhodes // Hey, we went for 70 years without anybody carrying it when Steve was on ice. So, I think we’ll be all right. — Sam Willson // That was a different time, Sam. I see you’re gonna make me ask. Why didn’t you take up the mantle? — James Rhodes // 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. — Sam Wilson

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. It’s a new day, brother. — James Rhodes 

You’re a civilian now. With your history, the government needs to know that you’re not gonna… It’s a condition of your pardon. So, tell me about your most recent nightmare. — Dr. Raynor // I didn’t have a nightmare. — Bucky Barnes

You’re gonna do the notebook thing? Why? It’s passive aggressive. — Bucky Barnes to Dr. Raynor

I crossed a name off the list of my amends yesterday. Don’t worry I used all your three rules. — Bucky Barnes

So, rule number one, you can’t do anything illegal. — Dr. Raynor // All I did was give some intel to the aide to convict her. And I wasn’t involved in anything else. — Bucky Barnes // Rule number two? — Dr. Raynor // What was rule number two? — Bucky Barnes // Nobody gets hurt. It’s a big one. — Dr. Raynor // Then why isn’t it rule number one? I didn’t hurt anybody. I promise. — Bucky Barnes // And what about rule number three? The whole point of making amends is to fulfill rule number three. — Dr. Raynor // 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. — Bucky Barnes

One day, you’re gonna have to open up and understand that some people really do want to help you and that they can be trusted. — Dr. Raynor // I trust people. — Bucky Barnes

You’re alone. You’re a hundred years old. You have no history, no family. — Dr. Raynor // Are you lashing out at me, Doc? Because that’s really unprofessional, you know? When did that 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 90 years. — Bucky Barnes

So, now that you’ve stopped fighting, what do you want? — Dr. Raynor // Peace. — Bucky Barnes // That is utter bullshit. — Dr. Raynor // You’re a terrible shrink. — Bucky Barnes // 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. — Dr. Raynor // To do what? — Bucky Barnes

I tried the whole online dating thing. It’s pretty crazy. A lot of weird pictures. — Bucky Barnes // What kind of weird? — Leah // I mean, tiger photos? Half the time I don’t even know what I’m looking at. It’s… it’s a lot. — Bucky Barnes // You sound like my dad. Wait, how old are you? — Leah // A hundred and six. — Bucky Barnes // What’s up with your gloves? — Leah // I, um, have, uh, poor circulation. — Bucky Barnes

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. — Government Official 

I’ve been a captain before, obviously, but this is different. This is… everybody in the world expects me to be something. And I don’t wanna 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 wanna do the job. — John Walker // 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. Listen, this suit, it comes with expectations, brother. You can’t just punch your way out of problems anymore, you know? Time to go to work. — Lemar Hoskins // Time to go to work. — 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 gonna need every ounce of it. Because I got big shoes to fill. — John Walker

Shouldn’t have given up the shield. — Bucky Barnes // Good to see you too, Buck. — Sam Wilson // This is wrong. — Bucky Barnes

You think it didn’t break my heart to see them march him out there and call him the new Captain America? — Sam Wilson // This isn’t what Steve wanted. — Bucky Barnes // Oh my God. So what do you want me to do? Call America and tell ’em I changed my mind? — Sam WIlson

You had no right to give up the shield, Sam. — Bucky Barnes // Hey. This is what you’re not gonna do. You’re not gonna come here with your overextended life and tell me about my rights. It’s over, Bucky. — Sam Wilson

I don’t trust Redwing. — Bucky Barnes

I have a feeling they might be part of the Big Three. — Sam Wilson // What Big Three? — Bucky Barnes // The Big Three — Sam Wilson // What Big Three? — Bucky Barnes // Androids, aliens, and wizards. — Sam Wilson // That’s not a thing — Bucky Barnes // That’s definitely a thing. — Sam Wilson // No, it’s not. — Bucky Barnes // Every time we fight, it’s one of the three. — Sam Wilson

Who are you fighting now, Gandalf? — Bucky Barnes // How do you know about Gandalf? — Sam Wilson // I read The Hobbit in 1937 when it first came out. — Bucky Barnes

There are no wizards. — Bucky Barnes // Doctor Strange. — Sam Wilson // Is a sorcerer. — Bucky Barnes // A sorcerer is a wizard without a hat. That about it, right? I’m right. I just came up with that. It’s crazy. — Sam Wilson

So what’s our plan? Great. So no plan. — Bucky Barnes

Enjoy your ride, Buck. — Sam Wilson // No, you can’t call me that. — Bucky Barnes // Why not? That’s what Steve called you. — Sam Wilson // Steve knew me longer, and Steve had a plan. — Bucky Barnes

Look at you. All stealthy. A little time in Wakanda and you come out White Panther. — Sam Wilson // It’s actually White Wolf. — Bucky Barnes

I got a vibranium arm. I can take them. — Bucky Barnes // And I can fly. Who gives a shit? — Sam Wilson

What’s going on in that big cyborg brain of yours? — Sam Wilson // It’s computing. — Bucky Barnes // You now what? I can actually see it. I can see the gears turning. Oh, they’re malfunctioning, shutting down. Yep, they’re on fire. — Sam Wilson

Just ’cause you carry that shield, it doesn’t mean you’re Captain America. — Bucky Banes to John Walker

Does he always just stare like that? — John Walker about Bucky Barnes // You get used to it. — Sam Wilson

Who are you? — Bucky Barnes // Lemar Hoskins. — Lemar Hoskins // Look, I see a guy hanging out of a helicopter in tactical gear, I need a lot more than Lemar Hoskins. — Sam Wilson // I’m Battlestar. John’s partner. — Lemar Hoskins // Battlestar? Stop the car! — Bucky Barnes 

I’m not trying to replace Steve. I’m just trying to be the best Captain America that I can be. That’s it. It’d be a whole lot easier if I had Cap’s wingmen on my side. — John Walker // It’s always that last line. — Sam Wilson

Let’s take the shield, Sam. Let’s take the shield and do this ourselves. — Bucky Barnes // We can’t just run up on the man, beat him up, and take it. Do you remember the last time we stole it? — Sam Wilson // Maybe. — Bucky Barnes // 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 wanna live the rest of my life la vida loca. — Sam Wilson

I’m not a killer anymore. — Bucky Barnes // You think you can wake up one day and decide who you wanna be? It doesn’t work like that. Well, maybe it does for folks like you. — Isaiah 

You know what they did to me for being a hero? They put my ass in jail for 30 years. People running tests, taking my blood, coming into my cell. Even your people weren’t done with me. — Isaiah 

So you’re telling me that there was a black Super Soldier decades ago and nobody knew about it? — Sam Wilson to Bucky Barnes

Why did you give up that shield? — Bucky Barnes // Why are you making such a big deal out of something that has nothing to do with you? — Sam Wilson // Steve believed in you. He trusted you. He gave you that shield for a reason. That shield, that is… that is everything he stood for. That is his legacy. He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. — Bucky Barnes // Shut up. — Sam Wilson // So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me. — Bucky Barnes

Maybe this is something that you or Steve will never understand. But can you accept that I did what I thought was right? — Sam Wilson to 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. — Bucky Barnes to Sam Wilson

I ended the Winter Soldier program once before. I have no intention to leave my work unfinished. — Zemo

So all this time you’ve been rich? — Sam Wilson // I’m a Baron. Sam. My family was royalty until your friends destroyed my country. — Zemo

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’d you think? — Sam Wilson // I like ’40s music, so… — Bucky Barnes // You didn’t like it? — Sam Wilson // I like it. — Bucky Barnes // It is a masterpiece, James. Complete. Comprehensive. It captures the African-American experience. — Zemo // He’s out of line, but he’s right. It’s great. Everybody love Marvin Gaye. — Sam Wilson // I like Marvin Gaye. — Bucky Barnes // Steve adored Marvin Gaye. — Sam Wilson

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. — Zemo // Watch your step, Zemo. — Sam Wilson // 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? That is why we’re going to Madripoor. — Zemo

What’s up with Madripoor? You guys talk about it like it’s Skull Island. — Sam Wilson // It’s an island nation in the Indonesian archipelago. It was a pirate sanctuary back in the 1800s. — Bucky Barnes // It’s kept its lawless ways. But we cannot exactly walk in as ourselves. James, you will have to become someone you claim is gone. — Zemo

We have to do something about this. I’m the only one who looks like a pimp. — Sam Wilson // 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. — Zemo // He even has a bad nickname. — Sam Wilson

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. — Sharon Carter // He knows. And not so deep down. — Zemo 

Before you were his psychopath, you were Mr. America! Cap’s best friend. — Sharon Carter // Wow. She’s kind of awful now. — Bucky Barnes

Maybe I shouldn’t have put it in a museum. I should have destroyed it. — Sam Wilson // That shield represents a lotta things to a lotta people, including me. The world is upside down, and we need a new Cap, and it ain’t gonna be Walker. So before you go and destroy it, I’m gonna take it from him myself. — Bucky Barnes 

With time, will, and resources, the Winter Soldier programming was removed from you like a rotten fur. — Ayo // And I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful for everything you and Shuri have done. — Bucky Barnes

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. — Zemo // Hey, those are our friends you’re talking about. — Sam Wilson // The Avengers, not the Nazis. — Bucky Barnes

The desire to become a superhuman cannot be separated from supremacist ideals. Anyone with that serum is inherently on that path. — Zemo 

The serum never corrupted Steve. — Bucky Barnes // Touché. But there has never been another Steve Rogers, has there? — Zemo

You know, when I was a kid, I was actually a Captain America fan. — Nico // I don’t know if I should tease you about that yet or not. — Karli // He made me believe that there were decent people in this world. I didn’t think there could be another Captain America until I met you. 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, and 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. — Nico

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. — Karli

Super soldiers cannot be allowed to exist. — Zemo // Isn’t that how gods talk? And if that’s how you feel, what about Bucky? Blood isn’t always the solution. — Sam Wilson

The Dora Milaje don’t have jurisdiction here. — John Walker // The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be. — Ayo



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