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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ crowns a new Captain America

Who is the new Captain America? What is his story?

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Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”

Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”

Chuck Zlotnick, Marvel Studios

Warning: This article contains spoilers for first episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has revealed its new Captain America — and it’s not anyone we’ve met before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What happened

The end of the first episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”showed the federal government unveiled a new person taking on the suit and shield of Captain America. This came after Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) declined to use the shield and donated it to the Smithsonian.

So who is the new Captain America?

Per TV Line, the new Captain America is John Walker.

  • The character adopted the Captain America mantle to become Super-Patriot, who leaned into extremism and superpatriotism rather than simply heroics. In the comics, Sam Wilson feels betrayed by Super-Patriot’s run as Captain America.
  • John Walker eventually became a government operative with the name U.S. Agent.

Why isn’t Wilson the new Captain America?

“Falcon and Winter Soldier” head writer Malcolm Spellman told TV Linethat the decision isn’t surprising given the current state of America. But things might change as we move forward.

  • “The reason it happened is the doubt that Sam would naturally have in this country, if not the world,” Spellman told TVLine. “Being a Black man, he knows how he’s viewed and he knows the electricity that would come from him carrying those stars and stripes. You meet his family, and (they) already have opinions on it — you’re hearing some of it in jokes, but it’s very pointed. A Black man being betrayed by his country I don’t think is a surprising thing to Sam or any of our viewers, but it is powerful because it gets to the heart of Sam’s doubt. And how he copes with that doubt over the series is going to determine who he is moving forward in the MCU.”