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5 Comics to Read After the Disney+ Series

The MCU may have just found its new Captain America, but the comics have plenty of stories featuring everyone’s most and least favorite characters from the hit Disney+ series.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been one of the most incredible entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Not only did it redefine Captain America, but it did so while showcasing a cast of heroes and villains that fans have loved for years.

While not everyone made it through to the end of the season on the Disney+ series, there are plenty of stories just waiting to be told in the comic book Marvel Universe that inspired the show.

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U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.

Throughout the events of 1988’s Captain America #348 and 349 by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer, fans were given a strange glimpse into the world of Karl Morgenthau, the original Flag-Smasher. After joining the terrorist organization ULTIMATUM — which had supposedly set out to unite mankind but would be revealed as another machination of the Red Skull — Flag-Smasher came into conflict with then Captain America, John Walker. Alongside Lemar Hoskins, John found himself to be the wrong Captain America, as Morgenthau was specifically looking for Steve Rogers. Eventually, Steve, then going simply by The Captain, teamed up with Walker, Hoskins, and Morgenthau to thwart the Red Skull’s plot.

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Secret Empire

During the events of Secret Empire, Sam Wilson took up a leadership role of sorts among the Underground, a loosely organized group of heroes dedicated to opposing Hydra’s takeover of the United States. The Underground wanted Sam’s help in getting out of the country, and their attempts to properly equip themselves against their assailants went sideways, driving Sam to once again take on the mantle of Captain America. 2017’s Sam Wilson: Captain America by Nick Spencer and Sean Izaakse is the perfect place to start for any reader looking to catch up on Sam Wilson’s greatest moments without diving headfirst into the entirety of a massive crossover event.

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The Burden of Dreams

Following the tragic assassination of Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes went on a rampage, tearing through not only the Red Skull’s forces, but Tony Stark’s armor as well. As far as they had drifted, Steve still asked Tony to deliver an important message for him, and so Iron Man himself told Bucky that he was to be the next Captain America. While Bucky’s early days as Captain America were filled with the kind of political intrigue and action that the Winter Soldier is so well known for, his adventures soon rose to the cosmic, world-ending level that Steve himself had become accustomed to over the course of his own career. Beginning in 2008’s Captain America #34 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Bucky’s time as Cap is truly one of the most exciting versions of the character.

Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing

Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine didn’t get a lot of screen time over the course of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but she has quickly risen to the rank of fan-favorite among the colorful cast of characters. Even though she has been part of the Marvel Universe for over five decades, little is known of her early life. A sleeper agent for Leviathan, Contessa joined S.H.I.E.L.D. under the recruitment of Dum-Dum Dugan and soon displayed incredible proficiency in hand-to-hand combat by besting Nick Fury. As part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Contessa was a dedicated yet manipulative agent, at least until she revealed herself to be none other than Madame Hydra during the course of the Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing storyline that began in 2009’s Secret Warriors #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, and Stefano Caselli.

Sam Wilson: Captain America

Sam Wilson was, without a doubt, one of the greatest to ever carry the shield of Captain America. Unfortunately, the weight of that title is heavier than anyone could imagine, and that weight nearly crushed Sam during Civil War II. Things began to spiral out of control for Sam in 2016’s Sam Wilson: Captain America #11 by Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna. After being forced to choose a side, Sam found himself fighting against puppet armies and his fellow Avengers. Only a couple of months after everything started, it came to a shocking turn when John Walker as the U.S.Agent was sent to force Sam to return Captain America’s shield to Steve Rogers. Of course, all of this would be revealed as part of a greater conspiracy which was met with divisive criticisms, but it still stands out as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in both Sam and John’s comic book histories.

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