'The Falcon And The Winter Soldier': Will Sam become Captain America? This Hasbro toy confirms SHOCKING theory
There's a big question fans have ahead of Marvel's second TV show... Now, we may have our first proof that he will be
"If people think this show is about Sam carrying that shield and being Captain America, it is not," creator and head writer Malcolm Spellman said. That should put to rest any theories about Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) taking on the mantle of Captain America after 'Avengers Endgame'. It's one of the most popular fan theories, one that gained massive steam after the ending scene of 'Endgame'. We saw Steve gift the shield to Sam, so that makes him the new Captain America right?
It's not so straightforward. We do know 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' (TFATWS) will address Steve's legacy, and we do know the shield will be passed on, but the big question is to whom? The trailers show us one thing, and we have comments from the cast and crew saying another. A toy leak has also given us a different perspective. That's a lot of angles! Here's what we know about the show, and who takes over the mantle of Captain America.
We are also going to dive into some other spoilers and leaks for the show, so beware if you don't want to know too much. If you are ok with that, read ahead!
Will Sam become Captain America?
In an interview with USA Today, Spellman said, "The thing I most wanted to explore was the conflict of a Black man becoming Captain America or not. What does it mean if he succeeds? What does it mean if he fails?” No one is spilling the secrets in the many interviews published. But, if trailers are anything to go by, we know Sam will spend some time with the shield.
We've seen Sam throw it around in the latest trailer, and he even got his hands on it in the first one. In the comics, Sam has taken on the mantle of Cap in his own series — 'Captain America: Sam Wilson'.
But Sam is not the only contender. The show will introduce John Walker aka 'US Agent', who is reportedly assigned by the US government as Captain America. There's a quick scene in the trailer that shows Walker running with the shield. So could he take over? Again it's possible. In the comics, Walker has adopted the title of Captain America, before being renamed as US Agent.
The cast and crew may be keeping their lips sealed, but manufacturers aren't. A leaked toy from Hasbro showed Falcon adopting the title of Captain America, along with a new red, white and blue costume. We haven't been able to verify the authenticity of this leak, but it seems genuine enough. The box features Mackie on the front, and the uniform is quite similar to the costume Marvel Comics introduced in 2014's 'All-New Captain America' series.
🚨🔥 O uniforme do novo Capitão América!!— Marvel News (@BRMarvelNews) January 15, 2021
Um vazamento da linha de brinquedos de "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" mostra o novo uniforme do Sam Wilson. pic.twitter.com/KAVkDKdQr7
If the toy leak is accurate, then we have our answer. But, as with all things Marvel, it's very likely that we won't get the full reveal till the final episode, or at all. I guess we'll have to wait and watch.
Other rumors to watch out for
Unlike 'WandaVision', 'TFATWS' has had almost no plot, image or behind-the-scenes leaks. That hasn't stopped the Marvel fandom from theorizing how the show will progress. A big theory going around is that Chris Evans will cameo as Steve Rogers, but that has since been put down by none other than Kevin Feige. "I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself," he told Entertainment Weekly. So if you've been hoping to see Cap one more time, sorry but you are out of luck.
Another more credible rumor is that we will see Don Cheadle's James Rhodes in the show. This was actually confirmed by Cheadle himself in an interview with BroBible. It's likely to be a small cameo, but nonetheless, his appearance will be a welcome addition.
'TFATWS' will stream on Disney Plus, with a new episode dropping every Friday from March 19. There are six episodes in all.