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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: 10 Things That MCU Must Address

While the year 2020 has not been great for Marvel movies, Marvel Studios has still managed to placate fans with its plans for the upcoming shows on Disney+. From Ms. Marvel to WandaVision, the initial slate for Phase Four definitely looks promising. However, the one show that has everyone’s attention is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the path was perfectly laid out for Falcon to take on the mantle of Captain America with Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier as his aide. While the upcoming show has been making strides with its news of casting and new exciting characters, it still needs to answer a few questions when it releases. Let’s find out.

10. Who is U.S. Agent?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: U.S. Agent

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Earlier this year, the set photos of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had revealed that U.S. Agent will be making his appearance in the show. Now, it has been confirmed that Wyatt Russell will be portraying the role of U.S. Agent in the upcoming show. In the comics, U.S. Agent had briefly taken the mantle of Captain America. The Super-Patriot is definitely an exciting addition, but will the show explore his background?

9. How are the relations between the USA and Russia in the MCU?

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The American-Russian relationship has always been contentious in the comics, if not more than the real-world dynamics. From Watchmen to Marvel, Russia has mostly been shown as an insidious enemy of the United States of America. While the MCU has never really delved into the political tensions of the two superpowers, it is important to address it in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Which brings us to…

8. Is Bucky granted immunity by the State?

A post-Avengers: Endgame world is definitely hard to digest. However, it is hard to believe that the U.S. government would forget about Bucky Barnes and his past history. The former Russian assassin committed a lot of heinous crimes, including blowing up the convention at Vienna which resulted in King T’Chakka’s death. Despite being brainwashed, it will be hard to prove Bucky’s innocence and accept him as a reformed superhero.

7. What exactly did Sam do prior to meeting Steve Rogers?

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In Captain America: Civil War, Sam Wilson made his debut. In his conversation with Steve Rogers, it was revealed that Sam was a former pararescueman in the U.S. Air Force. However, no personal details have yet been revealed which makes Sam a mysterious character.

6. What happened to the Avengers?

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After Tony’s death in Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers went back in time and lived with Peggy to his old age. With two main leaders gone, are the Avengers still working together? As Falcon is also a member of the Avengers, how would the other members react to him becoming the new Captain America?

5. Is the show going to acknowledge any of Marvel’s Netflix characters?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. The MCU is definitely brilliant, but it is still far from the gritty, dark world of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. As Disney will be acquiring the rights from Netflix this month, can we expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to at least acknowledge the existence of Hell’s Kitchen or a trash-talking badass lawyer?

4. Is the police ready for a black Captain America?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Captain America

A black Captain America surely sounds like an exciting idea that encompasses the diversity of the United States. However, with the recent protests against police brutality and the ongoing BLM protests, it would be disrespectful if the MCU doesn’t acknowledge these real-life issues in the show.

3. Is the government willing to accept Sam and Bucky as heroes?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Though Sam might not have committed any cold-blooded assassinations or bombings, he still was considered a criminal by the U.S. government in Captain America: Civil War. The arrival of Thanos did require all hands on deck, but with the Mad Titan gone, it’s fair to assume that the government can strip Sam of his privileges. Not to forget, there is also another competitor for the mantle of Captain America in the show.

2. Did Steve Rogers’ time travel have any consequence?

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Steve Rogers finally had his dance with Peggy Carter when he returned the Infinity Stones to their previous timelines. Though he did return as an old man who lived a long life, it’s hard to believe that Steve Rogers stayed quiet for so many decades that witnessed the Cold War and the Vietnam War. If he did tinker with any such event, there has to be some kind of consequence in the current timeline.

1. Is it truly the end of Steve Rogers and his Captain America?

The answer everyone is waiting for: Is Steve Rogers gone for good? Though Steve Rogers returned as an old man, he is still more than capable of becoming an advisor to the Avengers. In the comics, Steve Rogers has also taken back the shield from Falcon, which makes us wonder if the show’s name itself is a subtle hint that the greatest American soldier might make his return.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to premiere in 2021.

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is an India-based writer who has previously worked with Quirkybyte and Xtrascoop. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favourite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.

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