“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” crowned a new Captain America at the end of its premiere episode, revealing John Walker as the new holder of the shield.

Wyatt Russell, who plays Walker, recently explained to ComicBook.com how he is different than Steve Rogers’ Captain America, who we became accustomed to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • “I don’t think there’s really been many MCU characters who’ve had quite the dilemma he’s had in terms of trying to fit into this sort of moralistic superhero world,” Russell said. “He’s been thrust into this role as Captain America and he’s going to do it his way, and he wants to do it right. But his way is a very specific way that he has learned through being basically a trained human hunter. I mean, that’s what Marines are. They’re not Steve Rogers, they’re not the same. They’re not like Boy Scouts anymore. They’re a little bit more gnarly.”
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ crowns a new Captain America

Russell told Entertainment Weekly that his version of Captain America is pretty complicated.

  • “He’s a complicated character. That’s what drew me to him,” Russell said. “It’ll be fun seeing how all three of these guys interact in terms of what their identity is. I think that I can safely say that it’s a show about identity and what it means to each specific person.”

Meanwhile, in the comics ...

In the Marvel comics, John Walker assumed the Captain American mantel to become a super-patriot hero who “leaned into extremism and superpatriotism rather than simply heroics,” as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Walker eventually became a government operative during his run in the comics, going by the name U.S. Agent.