We all thought that ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ would tell the story of Anthony Mackie‘s Sam Wilson graduating from The Falcon to become the new Captain America. After all, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) handpicked him to assume the role at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and that follows the events of the comic books. But Mackie may have just nixed that entire idea.
While attending D23, Mackie spoke briefly with Variety and insisted that his character will remain The Falcon, shield or no shield.
— Variety (@Variety) August 24, 2019
The plot of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is being kept under wraps, but it is believed to revolve around the US government’s opposition to Sam becoming the new Captain America. (Remember, Captain America only existed due to experiments funded by the government.)
The casting of Wyatt Russell as John Walker may reinforce this idea. In the 1987 comic storyline, the government made Walker the new Captain America, after Rogers refused to be used as a pawn. It’s possible that on the show, something similar will occur. It’s not clear what the general public thinks happened to Rogers. Do they think he died like Iron Man? But with him gone, regardless of the reason, it’s possible that the government will try to reclaim the title and appoint their own new Captain America.
(After Rogers reclaimed the mantle of Captain America, Walker adopted the identity of the US Agent.)
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There is also the question of the relationship between Sam and Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who were formerly adversaries, now that Steve is gone.
Speaking further to Variety, Mackie addressed that question, saying:
“Very serious, very dramatic. I feel good about that. Friendly. Like neighbors. If I cut my grass and he’s out of town, I’d cut his grass.”
It’s probably a safe assumption that neither will be mowing any lawns on this series. As Stan added:
“Or I can just pop over and be like, ‘Hey, you still have that…flamethrower. Can I use it? Thanks?”
Mackie compared their on-screen dynamic to that of 1970s sitcom characters Archie Bunker and George Jefferson, but quickly realized, “That might be too old of a reference for you.”
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ will feature the returns of cinematic characters Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp). Kari Skoglan (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) is set to direct the six-episode series, with a script by Malcolm Spellman (‘Empire’).
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is expected to debut on Disney+ in fall 2020.