The first episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – the latest streaming sequence from Marvel to return to Disney Plus – was a reasonably simple take a look at how Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) are faring since Thanos was defeated, but it surely did finish on an attention-grabbing observe.
After receiving Captain America’s iconic vibranium protect from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) at the finish of “Avengers: Endgame,” Wilson chooses to not take up the mantle in the early moments of “New World Order,” the debut episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Instead, he donates the protect to the Smithsonian Museum and is thanked by a authorities official for “coming ahead” with the protect and that “it was the proper determination.” Although Wilson clearly feels that solely Rogers is worthy of being Captain America, the authorities does not agree.
As Wilson watches on TV in the closing scene of the episode, the similar authorities official who thanked him at the Smithsonian is standing in entrance of a crowd at a press convention. He tells these watching that “The United States of America has a brand new hero” and asks the crowd to assist him welcome “Your new Captain America.” At that second, the doorways behind him open and out walks a person totally garbed in Captain America’s outfit – helmet included – and carrying the protect Wilson had given away.
Who is the New Captain America?
It’s not instantly clear who is below the helmet due to, effectively, the helmet, but it surely’s additionally not too laborious to determine it out. When Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced at D23 in 2019 that Wyatt Russell was becoming a member of the cast of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” as John Walker, this plotline was all the time in play.
In the comics, Walker a.k.a US Agent was chosen to develop into the subsequent Captain America when Rogers retired. He had additionally gained enhanced energy by way of the Power Broker system, however he was thought of to be extra extreme than Rogers and some regrettable actions led to Walker’s dismissal as Captain America. Now often called US Agent, Walker tends to drift the line between hero and villain at instances.
Despite by no means seeing his face in the first episode, Russell is the third particular person listed in the credit for portraying Walker. This ought to take away any doubt that Walker is following his comedian books previous and has once more been chosen to be the subsequent Captain America in the MCU – effectively, no less than for one episode. That determination possible will not sit effectively with Wilson, which is able to possible present some early pressure in the show.
Wyatt Russell Prepared for Mixed Feelings From Fans
In an interview with USA TODAY, Russell mentioned the backlash his character may obtain as the show progresses. While Russell says he understands that some would love the character and some would hate it, he hopes there is not an excessive amount of hatred. Although, he did add that it might be an “honor” to be disliked in the MCU.
Elaborating on the matter, Russell then indicated why Walker will not be acquired with common approval. True to his comedian roots, Walker does not all the time adhere to the strict morals and ethics of his predecessor. He is a grittier Captain America, and it seems that might be the case in the show as effectively.
“I do not assume there’s actually been many MCU characters who’ve had fairly the dilemma he is had in phrases of attempting to suit into this type of moralistic superhero world,” Russell told USA TODAY about his character. “He’s been thrust into this position as Captain America and he’ll do it his means, and he desires to do it proper. But his means is a really particular means that he has discovered via being mainly a skilled human hunter. I imply, that is what Marines are. They’re not Steve Rogers, they don’t seem to be the similar. They’re not like Boy Scouts anymore. They’re a bit of bit extra gnarly.”
While unlikely to emerge as a real villain in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Walker may need his fair proportion of tense conversations with Wilson and Barnes, who will not like seeing anybody else as Captain America.
New episodes of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” might be obtainable to stream Fridays on Disney Plus.