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Isaiah Bradley


Real Name

Isaiah Bradley


[ 1 ]
Black Super Soldier [ 2 ]
american Test Subject [ 3 ]

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TV Series

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ( 3 episodes )


Portrayed by

Carl Lumbly

“They were worried my story might get out. So, they erased me. My history. But they’ve been doing that for five hundred years. Pledge allegiance to that, my brother. They will never let a black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting black man would ever wanna be.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

Isaiah Bradley is a korean War veteran who was unwillingly subjected to human testings of the Super Soldier Serum in the 1950s. A survivor of the trials, he was assigned by the United States military to eliminate Winter Soldier in South Korea, although he failed. After the politics feared the ramifications of an african-american super soldier, he spent three decades in prison experimented on by the U.S. politics and HYDRA. In the 1980s, he was freed and was relocated to Baltimore after his death was faked, during which he raised a grandson. In 2024, when Sam Wilson became the modern Captain America, Bradley ‘s heroics were memorialized at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum .


Korean War

Becoming a Super Soldier

“A handful of us got shot up with different versions of that serum, but they don’t tell us what it is.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

Following Steve Rogers ‘ apparent death during World War II, the United States of America attempted to recreate the Super Soldier Serum in ordering to create more extremely soldiers. During the Cold War, the United States Armed Forces produced several unlike versions and used african-american soldiers as test subjects, lying to the men that they were being given tetanus shots. however, out of all of the different serum versions they had created, entirely one was sufficiently recreated, which had been entirely administered to soldier Isaiah Bradley. [ 4 ]

Encountering Winter Soldier

“We heard whispers he was on the peninsula, but everyone they sent after him, never came back. So the U.S. military dropped me behind the line to go deal with him.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

With the United States immediately in self-control of a parade of extremely soldiers, the men were sent on battle missions. In 1951, during the Korean War, the U.S. military found out that an enemy soldier managed to kill everyone they sent after him. As a leave, the military deploy Bradley, their super soldier, to eliminate the terror. Bradley found his target at a legal profession in Goyang, who was none other than the Winter Soldier. While Bradley was unable to kill Winter Soldier, he was able to discover his identity and destroyed one-half of his alloy sleeve, after which Winter Soldier fled. This incident, among others, gained Bradley a repute as one of HYDRA ‘s most fear enemies. [ 2 ]

liberation of the Super Soldiers

“A couple of the boys get captured on a mission. I heard the brass talkin’ about blowing the POW camp to hell to hide the evidence. But those were my men. My brothers. Not evidence. So I bust out of the facility one night and I brought them boys back.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

Bradley ‘s colleague soldiers, who had received the fallible variants of the Super Soldier Serum, found themselves becoming precarious and dying. no longer able to perform their combat duties adequately, they were promptly captured by enemy forces and placed in a POW camp. Realizing that their unethical experiments on african-american men could come to light, the United States Armed Forces decided to destroy the POW camp with an air strike to eliminate the superintendent soldiers and hide the tell. Wishing to save his friends, Bradley single-handed infiltrated and liberated the camp, freeing his colleague extremely soldiers and returning them to their base. however, the soldiers whom he had saved cursorily died, having succumbed to the side effects of the progressive serum given to them. [ 4 ]



“For the next thirty years, they experimented on me, trying to figure out why the serum worked.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

Despite his military service to the United States of America in the Korean War, Bradley was punished for disobeying orders and saving his colleague extremely soldiers. As a leave, Bradley was put in prison for thirty years. During that time, scientists, including members of the CIA and HYDRA [ 2 ], experimented and took his blood, trying to replicate the version of the Super Soldier Serum he had been given. While incarcerated, he wrote letters to his wife Faith Bradley, although his captors did not send them to her. Faith, who had been fraught with Bradley ‘s child, had sent him letters ampere well, believing he was still fighting in Korea. In one of these letters, she included a photograph of their newborn son, although Bradley was not made privy to this data as the military did not pass on her letters to him. rather, they decided to inform Faith that Bradley had been killed in legal action. Sometime during Bradley ‘s thirty year captivity, Faith passed aside. [ 4 ]


“There was a nurse. She took pity on me. Wrote up some fake reports, something. She had me declared dead.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

In the 1980s, one of the nurses took feel for on his destiny and chose to ease his suffering. As the military had kept all the letters Bradley had tried sending to his wife Faith along with the letters his wife had sent him, the nurse acquired them and passed them on to Bradley. additionally, she faked his death and helped him escape the facility. [ 4 ] Upon being freed, he relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where his grandson, Eli Bradley, lived. Living with Eli, who helped take care of him, Bradley informed Eli of his history and instructed him not to tell anyone of his universe. [ 2 ]

life in Baltimore

reunion with 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 Bradley to Bucky Barnes

The placement of Bradley ‘s residence was finally discovered by Bucky Barnes, although Barnes chose not to tell anyone about it, choosing to respect Bradley ‘s desire to stay hide. In 2024, Bradley was visited at his house by Barnes and Sam Wilson, who asked for his aid as they wished to find out how the Super Soldier Serum had been recreated once more. however, Bradley refused to help them, having entirely agreed to allow them submission to see whether Barnes was calm alive, noting that he had gained a new metallic element arm since he had torn the last one off and in diseased curiosity in case Barnes had come to kill him .
When Barnes asked for more information about how the serum could ‘ve been recreated, Bradley reacted in anger, using his enhance forte to fling a metallic element can into the wall, embedding itself. He then demanded that Barnes and Wilson leave his house and Eli ushered the two outside. [ 2 ]

Speaking with Sam Wilson

“You think things are different? You think times are different? You think I wouldn’t be dead in a day if you brought me out? You wanna believe jail was my fault because you got that white man’s shield.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson

A few days late, Bradley was out watering his plants in his backyard, when Sam Wilson returned to see him. Bradley let Wilson into his backyard and then told Wilson not to get Captain America ‘s Shield out of its case, after Wilson had asked if he wanted to see it .
Having let Wilson inside, Bradley and Wilson sat in the be board, and Bradley answered Wilson ‘s questions. He besides recalled his past having taken the Super Soldier Serum and what his life was like because of it, getting emotional at times. Bradley told Wilson that due to his Super Soldier abilities he was able to combat against the Winter Soldier when they crossed paths. When the discipline of being Captain America came up, he told Wilson that no black man would ever hold that curtain and was convinced of that sentiment due to his past experiences. [ 4 ]

Isaiah Bradley parade

“You ain’t no Malcolm, Martin, Mandela, but…”
“No argument there. But I know what I’ve gotta do.”
“So, a black Captain America, huh?”
―Isaiah Bradley and Sam Wilson

A couple nights late, as Bradley and Eli were eating dinner, they stopped eating to watch the newsworthiness live run of Captain America giving his actor’s line to the GRC officials and the public .
The following day, Bradley was out in his yard tending to his plants when Sam Wilson arrived. Bradley then walked over to talk with him, telling Wilson that he heard the GRC had halted vote on the Patch Act due to Wilson ‘s address. He then told Wilson that he was no Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., or Nelson Mandela and that Wilson taking on the Captain America mantle would n’t be easy. Bradley was then asked by Wilson to go with him to see something .
Wilson then took Bradley and Eli to Washington, D.C. and to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. There they walked through the update Captain America parade and in the following board, Bradley saw a statue dedicated to him and a memorial brass detailing his by history in service to the United States. Upon seeing the show, Bradley became emotional and hugged Wilson. [ 5 ]


“You understand. Every black man does. Whether you wanna deny it or not…”
“Don’t do that bitter, old man thing with me.”
“If you ain’t bitter, you’re blind.”
―Isaiah Bradley and Sam Wilson

In his youth, Bradley was a patriot and deeply believed in american english values. He was uncoerced to join the Korean War and even fight and kill another Winter Soldier, another super soldier, to serve his country. much like his predecessor Steve Rogers, Bradley showed especial courage, being uncoerced to go behind the enemy lines once again without the cognition of his superiors in order to save the capture American POW ‘s before the U.S. Air Force could bombard the prison camps to hide the evidence of their experiments, believing that these soldiers were his brothers and not just testify. This daring feat was enough for the U.S. government to imprison Bradley and run tests on him for three decades. His imprisonment forbid him from ever seeing his wife Faith again, and the government besides made sure that she never got the letters that he sent her over the years. due to both the politics and HYDRA using him as a test submit for three decades, a well as witnessing his colleague soldiers die, these traumas turned Bradley into a acerb and pessimistic individual. This caused Bradley to become profoundly disenchant with America and what the nation represents. When Sam Wilson brought up Bradley ‘s past, he angrily demanded Wilson and Bucky Barnes to leave his sign of the zodiac immediately. besides, when Wilson spoke up about the shield ‘s symbolism, Bradley looked at it with contempt, stating that America would never let a black man be Captain America, and that no dignified black man would always want to represent America. Bradley ‘s tragic past influenced him to live a quiet life, not wishing his narrative being brought up to the world, lest he gets targeted again. Like Barnes, Bradley has a dry smell of humor. He was invited by Wilson to the Smithsonian, which he accepted and saw the memorial that included the biography about his past, which caused him to cry due to the sacrifices that he made for his state, including going to jail for thirty years .

Powers and Abilities


“You were a super soldier, like Steve.”
―Sam Wilson to Isaiah Bradley
  • Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super Soldier Serum enhanced all of Bradley’s bodily functions, such as his strength and lifespan. According to Bucky Barnes, Bradley was feared by HYDRA as much as Captain America.
    • Enhanced Strength: As a super soldier, Bradley demonstrated increased strength. Even in his advanced age, he was able to fling a metal can into a wall with enough force to embed itself. He can also carry his heavy potted plants with no difficulty, and even removed the Winter Soldier’s prosthetic arm.
    • Longevity: As a result of the Super Soldier Serum, Bradley ages much slower than the normal human, a trait he shares with fellow super soldiers Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Despite having been born in the 1930s and living up to 2024 without being placed in cryostasis, he has the bearing of a man a few decades younger.


“I took half that metal arm in that fight in Goyang.”
―Isaiah Bradley to Sam Wilson
  • Expert Combatant: As a former soldier, Bradley is trained in hand-to-hand combat. During the Korean War, he was able to defeat the Winter Soldier and rip his metal arm off.


  • Bradley Residence: Isaiah Bradley lived in this house with Eli Bradley following his release from prison. This is where he was when Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes met with him to discuss his past as a super soldier.




  • In the comics, Isaiah Bradley was one of 300 African-American soldiers who were used as guinea pigs as part of the United States government’s attempts to replicate the Super Soldier Serum. After surviving the procedure, Bradley took on the mantle of Captain America. This was seen as treasonous by the military, who sentenced him to life in prison as punishment, although he was released after 17 years.
  • Bradley’s past as an unwitting test subject for the recreation of the Super Soldier Serum is an allegory for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Isaiah Bradley represents Sam Wilson’s fears over taking the Captain America title: “Isaiah is the living embodiment of Sam’s doubt. Isaiah tells the truth. And at no point do we absolve this country for the sins that it committed against Isaiah and the sins that it will continue to commit against black and brown people. So Sam has to confront that fear, and what was interesting about it is that the hero normally slays that dragon in a “hero story”.“. Spellman has also expressed interest in developing a prequel centered on Bradley if approached by Kevin Feige.[6]


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