October 1, 2022

In The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Sam must accept the mantle as Captain America. Because that shield needs to be in someone else’s hands!

Last week’s episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier was shocking.  Marvel is full of great moments but there are only a few that have become iconic. I’m talking about that epic shot of The Avengers’ first assemble moment as they stood in a circle in The Avengers. Spider-Man’s “Underoos” entrance. The Shwarma scene. Thanos grabbing the Infinity Gauntlet for the first time and saying, “Fine. I’ll do it myself”. And of course the entire “Avengers Assemble” sequence in Endgame which is chock full of iconic shots.

Avengers Endgame Assemble


Of course, there are plenty of other iconic MCU moments but those are the ones I picked, just to name a few. But in terms of Captain America personally, there are only two shots that will forever stick in my mind in that iconic sphere. Cap wielding Mjolnir in Endgame and John Walker wielding that same shield covered in blood in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. These shots couldn’t be more jarring.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had already displayed how different Steve Rogers and John Walker are. But that moment at the end of “The Whole World Is Watching” was on a whole other level of antithesis.


Let’s sit back a moment and remember when Steve went off the rails for his best friend, Bucky in Captain America: Civil War. He tore The Avengers in two, went against the government again. And when he was at his most rogue after having defeated Tony Stark in a bloody battle, instead of doing a Walker and killing Stark he chose not to. And knowing that he had gone off the deep end, he relinquished his mantle as Captain America. For he knew the legacy of that shield was important and he didn’t want to stain its reputation with his rebellious turn.

Steve Rogers And Tony Stark in Civil War

He understood the importance of that legacy and he let it go. Walker, on the other hand, used the shield to murder someone in cold blood. Someone who was pleading for mercy! A man who used to be a Captain America fan! It’s awful…

Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4
John Walker (Wyatt Russell) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

I wasn’t expecting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to give us an image so incredibly moving and I am just loving this show. Next week we’re supposedly getting an hour-long episode. So let’s hope it is the episode where Sam finally accepts the mantle as Captain America because geez, that shield needs to be in someone else’s hands quickly.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is streaming exclusively on Disney+ Now!


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