The Falcon Quandary

That title sounds like a Robert Ludlum novel.  “The Falcon Quandary.”

Marvel Studios, I think, has run into a minor speed bump.  Since they have no right to use characters that are referred to as mutants–because of a licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox, made when the company was flirting with bankruptcy–there are no super-powered individuals in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that that have inborn abilities (at least not yet).

So far, all the characters have got their powers either due to some sort of technological enhancement (Captain America, the Hulk, Abomination, Iron Man, War Machine, Winter Soldier), are alien (Asgardians, such as Thor and Loki add well as the Chitari) or are just very good at what they do (Black Widow, Hawkeye).

And I forgot to include the Mandarin, who’s abilities came about through a scientific process (technological enhancement) called Extremis.

Other than that, nada.

That being said, there is a wrinkle:  In the comics, Marvel seems to be working with the expansion of the Terrigen Mists–which created the Inhumans.  If they are able to transfer this idea to the MCU they can have all the super powered people that they want, whom would be known as ‘Inhumans,’ not ‘Mutants.’

Though for now, there are none, which is probably why S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be the primary means of either creating or introducing individuals that have special abilities, but are still human; the latest being the Falcon.

Which presents the problem I alluded to earlier:  S.H.I.E.L.D. is a quasi-military organization, which means that they deal in volume, not one-offs.  It’s been already covered in “Captain America: The First Avenger” that the only reason that there aren’t more such individuals is that they were unable to duplicate the super-soldier formula that lead to his creation.  The Hulk was the first attempt in the MCU to do so, and that didn’t go as well as planned, to put it lightly.

As far as I can see, the Falcon is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with wings.  He looks awesome, but what I am wondering is why there aren’t an army of Falcons and why they would allow such remarkable technology to be used exclusively by one man.

Replace Nazi references with S.H.I.E.L.D., and you’ll see where I am going with this.

Which creates a problem (that could very well be solved in the film) though the trailers released thus far imply that there’s a fifth column exists within S.H.I.E.L.D..  Perhaps in the dustup between factions (one led by Nick Fury, the other by a new (?) character played by Robert Redford) the Falcon technology will end up in Sam Wilson’s hands exclusively.

We’ll see.

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