The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is having its successful run on Disney+ Hotstar. Till now three episodes are out and is receiving positive response across the world. According to Forbes, it has become the most-watched show in a short time,
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier depicts how Sam will carry forward Captain America’s legacy and how Bucky faces difficulty coping with his past. It has also got an emotional angle since they both lose their best friend (Steve). The show starts well by showcasing the lives of both the main characters separately. However, Sam and Bucky get united in episode 2, ‘The Star-Spangled Man’ when Bucky gets to know that Sam gave up on Captain America’s shield.
This made the government take up a critical decision, i.e., to introduce John Walker as the new Captain America in place of Sam. Sam felt that he isn’t the right one and the shield belongs to someone else. If this is the case, will Sam ever continue the legacy of Captain America? If he does, who and what will make him change his mind?
The Theory of Isaiah Bradley
A fan theory says that the one responsible for changing Sam’s decision is Isaiah Bradley. Why? Because Sam’s history is more familiar and closer to Isaiah’s. Sam can relate more to the unsung super soldier than Steve Rogers. However, Sam as Captain America is different compared to Steve. Both made sacrifices, but Sam is regarded as an underdog and Steve as a hero. He faces a lot of discrimination from the banking system and police in America.
The reason behind Steve choosing Sam as the next Captain America is that they share the same mindset. Both being soldiers, it makes Sam the perfect fit to carry forward the legacy of Captain America. Sam will regain his shield by the end of the series. When Sam gets to know about the Black Captain America, he becomes mad and yells at Bucky. Sam confronts Bucky regarding the discrimination of the Black Captain America. It’s the same racism that Isaiah experienced in the 1950s. It’s still an issue even in the present-day MCU. The only thing that Sam can do is letting the world know that Isaiah exists. But, he can only do that as a Captain America and not as a Falcon.
Struggles of Isaiah Bradley
No one knows about the hardships, treatment of subjects, and dreadful experiments between the 1950s and 1960s and even beyond. By telling Isaiah’s struggle to the world, the government’s cruel torture will be exposed, and also, the super-soldier serum will come into existence. However, justice may be served late for Isaiah but, at least the truth will be told. It ensures that this will never happen to anyone in the future. And this comes in handy for Sam.
The reason for Sam feeling like the shield belongs to someone else may be explored in the later parts of the show. If Sam decides to expose the cruel torture of the government on Isaiah, it will help him in two ways: he lets the world know about the super-soldier Isaiah and keeps a check for the government plans that they’re planning for years. This makes Sam a much better person.
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