Battlestar in Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Not Just Another Sidekick
In the most recent episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we met Lemar Hoskins, AKA Battlestar. Right now, he’s John Walker Captain America’s sidekick, and he’s already Battlestar. However, in the comics, it wasn’t immediate. And he’s one of the most underused heroes in the Marvel Universe.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Skipped a Lot of the Battlestar Story…For Good Reason
The future Battlestar and USAgent in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. (Image: Captain America #341, Marvel Comics)When John Walker became the villain Super-Patriot, he originally had a group of sidekicks called the Bold Urban Commandos, or “the Buckies.” Like Walker, the Buckies met with the Power Broker to gain superhuman strength. But when Walker became Captain America, the Commission on Superhero Activities decided that only one of the Buckies would join Walker. The other two became embittered and, as outed Walker’s identity, leading to his parent’s deaths.
But Hoskins was Walker’s ally, and before his Battlestar days, he shared a similar relationship to Walker that both Sam Wilson and Bucky Barned shared with Steve Rogers. He was a sidekick, but he was also his most trusted ally. There was mutual respect between them, even if the world only saw them as hero and sidekick. However, he felt that the name “Bucky” was a bit demeaning for a Black superhero since male slaves were often referred to as “bucks.” So, he changed his name to “Battlestar.” Thankfully, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier skipped straight to Battlestar. Not only would it be demeaning, but really awkward to have Bucky meet a fake Bucky.
Yet there is one thing that really sets Battlestar apart from Falcon and Winter Soldier. Hoskins started flying solo not long after his debut. But even though he and Walker went separate ways, Hoskins always had his friend’s back.
Battlestar and USAgent Each Saved the Other One At Least Once
Super Buddies! (Image: Captain America #378, Marvel Comics)Lemar and John are friends that just can’t pull away from each other, even when they want to. When Battlestar sees Flag-smasher take USAgent hostage, he goes to Steve Rogers for help, and the two saved the soon-to-be-former Captain America. However, when walker faked his death, he didn’t let Hoskins in on the ruse. Battlestar only found out later through the government liaison Valerie Cooper.
This leads to a confrontation between the two friends (as superhero comics often do), but when the villain Karl Malus and the Power Tools abduct Lemar, John goes to save his friend, and the two reconcile. However, when they do, Battlestar finds out that Walker’s memories were altered and ends up having to tell him that his parents died, in one of the best “silent” pages Marvel ever produced:
Oh man, I’m gonna cry again. (Image: Captain America #378, Marvel Comics)
What Stories Will Influence the Writer’s Development of Battlestar in Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Though Battlestar has a rich history, there might not be a lot to draw from for Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Aside from a great run of stories in the ‘80s, his appearances are a bit scattered throughout the next three decades. But there is one story that Battlestar could pop up in after Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Silver Sable’s Wild Pack.
Battlestar and Silver Sable doing what they do, kicking ass and charging for services. (Image: Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #29, Marvel Comics)
Sony has wanted to do a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie, Silver and Black, for a while now. However, now that they’re playing nice with Marvel, they could look at a Disney+ show instead. A Wild Pack series would be a lot of fun. It could give Battlestar a chance to shine more than he might in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Alongside whoever plays Silver Sable (hopefully Léa Seydoux) and Black Cat (hopefully Sofia Boutella), Clé Bennett could be a leading role.
Hopefully we’ll get more Battlestar in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but also in the comics. He’s a character with untapped potential, but a fan favorite too. Do you want to see more of Lemar Hoskins? Tell us what you think in the comments!
(Featured Image: Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Ep 2, Disney+)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.