'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' introduces a major comic-book character. Here's what you should know.
- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for
Marvel's " The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
- The first episode of the show introduced a character from the comics, John Walker, at the very end.
- It's revealed that he is going to be the new Captain America (for now, at least).
In addition to showing how the world has changed - for the worse - since "Avengers: Endgame," the premiere featured new characters.
One of the most notable additions was the appearance of a new Captain America at the very end of the episode.
Here's what you need to know about him.
Much of the mystery surrounding the show is in regards to who will become the new Captain America, now that Steve Rogers has retired after years of battle
Steve (played by Chris Evans) passed the shield on to Sam in "Endgame." At the time, Sam expressed hesitancy, saying that the shield felt like "it's someone else's."
"TFATWS" opened with Sam seemingly closing the door on a potential future as Cap.
He donated the shield to the Smithsonian as part of an exhibit dedicated to the super-soldier. In his speech, Sam recognized the power of the shield but said that it's "more about the man who propped it up. And he's gone."
"Today we honor Steve's legacy," he said. "But also, we look to the future. So, thank you, Captain America. But this belongs to you."
Sam doubled down on his decision during a conversation with Rhodey, who asked: "Why didn't you take up the mantle?"
Even though Sam explained that the shield belonged to Steve, Rhodey countered that the world is currently "broken" and people need someone to save it.
John Walker is appointed the new Captain America
Sam put on the news and saw a government official making a speech about how recent unrest has left Americans "vulnerable."
"We need a real person who embodies America's greatest values," the man said. "We need someone to inspire us again, someone who can be a symbol for all of us."
Then, the country's "new Captain America" named John Walker (played by Wyatt Russell) emerged carrying the signature red, white, and blue shield. The outfit and gun strapped to the side of his hip were reminiscent of his costume in the comics, too.
The MCU version of John Walker will be different from the comics
In the source material, Walker encountered Curtiss Jackson (known as Power Broker) and gained superhuman strength and agility through experiments. John took on the superhero persona Super-Patriot and then became the new Cap after Steve resigned.
Steve later returned to take up his superhero mantle and Walker adopted the moniker U.S. Agent.
"John Walker wouldn't be in this series if he was causing everything to go well," Russell teased of his character during an interview with USA Today. "There's a dynamic he adds that somewhat complicates the relationship of everybody involved."
Head writer Malcolm Spellman told Entertainment Tonight that the character "started off much closer to the Walker in the books, and then completely morphed into something very, very, very different."
"For him to take the mantle and for him to be Captain America, we knew we needed to shift him to be a bit more heroic and righteous," Spellman said of altering the character to suit "TFATWS."
"To carry that shield, you cannot be the guy that he was in the comics," he continued. "There's traces of that there, but he's definitely much more obviously heroic."
"He's going to have a big impact on the MCU," Spellman added.
With five more episodes to come as part of season one, it's unclear how closely "TFATWS" will follow the comics. Based on Sam's reaction to seeing the new Cap on
Interestingly, the phrase "powerbroker" appears in the graphics that accompany the main credits of the series. It could be foreshadowing an appearance by the comic-book character.
As for a potential return of the original Cap like in the comics, Evans and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have both shut down the possibility - though Marvel stars have been known to lie in the past.
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