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Falcon And The Winter Soldier: MCU’s Dynamic Duo Must Get Out Of Captain America’s Shadow

It’s just a matter of days now. We will be watching Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson back in action. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is shaping up pretty nicely with its onward march to Disney+. After the polarizing season finale of WandaVision, we will see another anticipated show grace the platform. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is expected to break records when it finally streams. But there are some pretty critical pre-existing flaws the show needs to address.

The most crucial flaw the Falcon and the Winter Soldier currently faces is ostensibly blatant and on our faces. Bucky and Sam are two heroes who have a very close knit history with Steve Rogers. As a result of their origins being tied to Captain America’s, it would be very hard to separate the two from Cap’s legacy.

But that is indeed the need of the hour. Marvel Studios helped create an incredible legacy for its Holy Trinity – Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. And getting the next generation of heroes to grow roots beyond this humongous legacy is obviously a herculean task. But if Marvel Studios intends to grow and prosper, it needs to have foresight. That begins with The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.

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An Overview

Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers were best friends. Before Bucky enlisted in the Army to fight the Nazis in World War II, the two did everything together. After Rogers’ transformation into the Super Soldier, and Bucky’s apparent death, the latter returned with a vengeance in Winter Soldier. Civil War explores Bucky’s past never shows it in too much detail. His status as Captain America’s oldest pal remains undisturbed as of now.

Sam Wilson is introduced as an Ex-Veteran. He helps Captain America, Black Widow and Nick Fury in defeating Hydra that had taken over SHIELD in Winter Soldier. It is in Civil War that we find Sam Wilson again by Captain America’s side. Bucky may be Rogers’ oldest friend but Sam has been Captain America’s staunchest ally in the recent years.

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At the end of Infinity War, Sam Wilson is chosen by Steve Rogers to be his successor. It is a very heart wrenching moment to see an old and senile Captain America finally putting an end to his journey in the MCU. Bucky and Sam have had their own sweet time to blossom into the heroes they are today. Bucky was brainwashed into becoming an instrument of destruction. He defied the fate handed over to him by destiny and became a force for good. Sam Wilson saw his wingman die and left the military because of the subsequent trauma. He returned to action to become an Avenger for a who was then a total stranger, not knowing what might be in store for him.

Bucky And Sam Have Their Own Legacy To Create

Both the Falcon and the Winter Soldier have different backstories. They have different motivations to be what they are today. Captain America is now an elderly man. He has no place in the new generation of Avengers that have succeeded him. Sam and Bucky have more than enough plot device to show how each member of MCU’s dynamic duo is capable of being a Captain America in his own right.

The final Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer has shown the two are indeed coming to terms with their destiny in the MCU. They may not be Steve Rogers but they are most certainly not mere replacements. At least not anymore any way!! The Falcon And The Winter Soldier show must show that to the fans.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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