At the end of Avengers: Endgame, old Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gave his Captain America shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), effectively making Falcon the new Captain America. But, in the upcoming Disney+ series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it seems like a faux-Captain America will be stealing the shield away from Falcon. It’s a plot twist some hardcore Marvel fans saw coming, and it already means there’s bound to be some huge conflict in the new Disney+ series.
This week, set photos hit Twitter showing actor Wyatt Russell playing a character named John Walker, known as “Super Patriot” or “US Agent” in various Marvel comic book storylines. In fact, the introduction of John Walker means that Falcon and the Winter Solider will almost certainly be drawing from various Marvel comic book stories in which the US government tries to screw Falcon out of his rightful place as the new Captain America.
Wyatt Russel as John Walker/Captain America/US Agent in Falcon and the Winter Soldier!! pic.twitter.com/ALfeqOWy8d
— Thomas Polito (@thomas_polito) January 21, 2020
There are a few different versions of Superpatriot/US Agent, but as far back as 1987, the idea that the government would appoint Walker as the new Captain America over Sam Wilson was linked to overt racism. This could end up being the storyline on Falcon and the Winter Solider too. If Sam Wilson isn’t holding the shield in the new show, then it seems like that means the shield has been taken away from him. Obviously, pitting Falcon against a bargain-basement Captain America is a cool storyline (we’d all love to see two versions of Cap fighting), but the storyline could be a little more poignant, too. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly addressed racism and sexism in its films before, but if the existence of John Walker is directly related to racism in America, this could be a little more direct.
For families and kids who love the Marvel universe, this is nothing but good news. Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson is a great symbol of what America stands for, or rather, should stand for. So, if Disney+ can show that there’s a gap between the ideal of America, and what often really happens, the results could be excellent.
Falcon and The Winter Soldier is expected to hit Disney+ sometime in late 2020.