While Falcon and Winter Soldier has presented fans with much less existential mystery than Marvel‘s previous Disney Plus series, WandaVision, there are still many questions left to be answered in the final episodes of the show’s six-episode arc.
The most significant question that has served as the show’s backbone: Who will bear the title Captain America after the series finale?
In Avengers: Endgame, an elderly version of Steve Rogers passed on his iconic Captain America shield to Sam Wilson, his right-hand man better known as Falcon. But in the first episode of Falcon and Winter Soldier, Wilson donated the shield to the Smithsonian.
Instead taking Rogers’ place as Captain America at the conclusion of the premiere episode was John Walker, a decorated special operations officer of the United States Army.
Meanwhile, Wilson has teamed up with Bucky Barnes (the man formerly known as the Winter Soldier), as well as Baron Helmut Zemo and Agent Sharon Carter, to combat a sudden rise in anti-nationalist Super Soldiers.
We’ll have to tune into the final episodes to see how the story unfolds, but there are already plenty of fan theories about the conclusion:
Who Will Be the Next Captain America?
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While Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers has not, and almost certainly will not, be making any Falcon and Winter Soldier appearances, the character’s impact on the show is undeniable. Even the logo for the show includes his shield.
For now, Walker still holds the Captain America title, but that probably won’t last for long. In the first few episodes of the show, Walker has already started showing signs of a flexible moral code, making it clear he’s not the man for the job. At one point he asked his sidekick Lemar “Battlestar” Hoskins, “If we get the job done, you really think they’re gonna sweat us on the how?”
In the comics, Walker, Wilson, and Barnes all had stints as Captain America, but it seems clear that Wilson is the one being ushered into the role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, he put the shield in a museum and, yes, he’s been adamant thus far that he won’t take up the mantle; however, trailers for the series have made it pretty clear that he’ll be slinging that shield all over …read more