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Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2: Who is Isaiah Bradley and what else has Carl Lumbly been in?

Isaiah made his highly-anticipated entrance in series (Picture: Rex / Marvel/Wikipedia)

Warning: spoilers ahead for episode two of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Episode two of Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus was full of revelations, the most significant being the introduction of a secret super soldier called Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly).

While Bucky (Sebastian Stan) previously knew him in his hitman days, Sam (Anthony Mackie) is astounded and enraged to find out that there was a Black super soldier that he had absolutely no idea existed, as he was hidden from history.

So who is Isaiah and what else has the actor who plays him starred in?

Who is Isaiah Bradley in Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

In episode two of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Sam and Bucky face off against the Flag-Smashers for the first time, failing to stop the group alongside the ‘new’ Captain America John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his right hand man Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett).

After realising that the Flag-Smashers have strength equal to super soldiers, the titular characters pay a visit to an old acquaintance of Bucky’s called Isaiah, who lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Isaiah, who is accompanied by his grandson Eli (Elijah Richardson) – who many fans believe could star as Patriot in the Young Avengers – recalls meeting Bucky in South Korea in 1951, when Bucky was still a brainwashed assassin working for Hydra and Isaiah was working for the US military.

When Bucky informs Isaiah that there are ‘more of you and me out there’ – in reference to the incredibly strong Flag-Smashers – the elderly man angrily throws a box at the wall, demonstrating to Sam that he also has super soldier strength.


Isaiah reveals that after his ‘hero’ days, he was put in jail for 30 years, with ‘people running tests, taking my blood, coming into my cell’.

After being ordered to leave Isaiah’s home, Sam furiously asks Bucky why he was never told about Isaiah.

‘So you’re telling me that there was a Black super soldier decades ago and nobody knew about it?’ Sam states.

‘I didn’t tell anybody because he’d already been through enough,’ Bucky replies, adding that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) also didn’t know about Isaiah.

Is Isaiah Bradley in the Marvel comics?

In the comic books, the US government attempts to recreate the serum that gave Captain America his enhanced physique and extraordinary abilities.

Isaiah is one of the individuals who is enrolled in the super soldier programme, first being introduced in a 2003 comic book series titled Truth: Red, White and Black.


However, he doesn’t take part voluntarily, as the government forces 300 African-American soldiers to take part in the trials.

The majority of the men participating die, with Isaiah surviving the experiment. But that’s not the end of his maltreatment at the hands of the authorities.

After carrying out a heroic mission, during which he adopted the mantle of Captain America, he is sent to jail.

Who plays Isaiah Bradley and what has he been in?

Isaiah is portrayed in The Falcon and The Winter soldier by 69-year-old actor Carl Lumbly.

Carl previously starred in series including Doctor Sleep, Cagney and Lacey and Alias.

While he is now a part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), the actor has played a significant part of in the world of DC Comics productions as well, having voiced J’onn J’onnz/Martian Manhunter in animated series Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and the film Justice League: Doom.

From 2017 until 2019, he played the father of J’onn J’onnz, M’yrnn, in The CW’s live-action superhero show Supergirl.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Fridays.

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