'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' will see Sam Wilson finally embracing the responsibility of being the new Captain America

He was always seen as a sidekick to Steve Rogers, and the upcoming Disney+ series may see him struggle to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor before finally shouldering the responsibility


                            'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' will see Sam Wilson finally embracing the responsibility of being the new Captain America

Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson aka Falcon is the new Captain America. Whether he's ready to carry Steve Rogers's legacy is a question that will be answered by the end of the Disney+ series, 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier', slated to release in the fall of 2020.

A brief teaser played out during the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with a hint that Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who was responsible for the Avengers split in 'Captain America: Civil War', would be the antagonist. 

'Avengers: Endgame' saw an old Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leave his shield and the Captain America mantle with Wilson and at this stage it is safe to assume that the series may see his struggles to follow in the footsteps of his predecesor. While it is clear that we see him and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), team up and fight crime over the series, it will also essentially capture Wilson's journey to becoming the next Cap.

Anthony Mackie as Steve Wilson and Chris Evans as Captain Steve Rogers at the start of their friendship (IMDb)

That Wilson was reluctant to take over the shield in 'Endgame' meant that he wasn't exactly ready for the job. The Falcon was always Cap's sidekick. That was evident in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' when he tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) that he would do what Cap would do. "Don't look at me, I do what he does, Just slower."

Since the time he shows up in 'Winter Soldier', Wilson has always been a man who respects Cap for his ideals, the morals and his approach to things. But with Cap not around anymore, atleast that is the working theory, Wilson will have a hard time trying to shoulder the resposnibility of being the new Captain America. 

At this point it is fair to speculate that some incidents over the course of the series, and his friendship with Bucky, who happens to be Cap's best friends would be a guiding force in helping him embrace the new responsibility. In addition, the series will most likely explore the friendship between the two. 

While Wilson may probably deny it if told that he and Cap have a lot in common, he may disagree. However, Wilson pretty much mirrors the star-spangled man. Be it the level-headnesses he brings to the table, or the hard decisions that have to be made when situations demand it, Wilson is a tough nut and is a complete team man.

Zemo was a villain who preferred to play mind games and fracture the Avengers and it is clear that at some stage in the series, he would dent Wilson in a similar fashion. But if Cap deemed the man to be a worthy successor, we may just see Wilson break free and come to terms with the promotion he's received. 

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