If you’ve been keeping up with news pertaining to Marvel Studios as of late, then you’re aware of how the brand is expanding beyond the silver screen and onto the Disney+ streaming service. At the forefront of this movement is that of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which no doubt has True Believers everywhere intrigued.
To me, at least, the major appeal comes by way of seeing Sam Wilson now wielding the shield after accepting the Captain America mantle from Steve Rogers near the conclusion to Avengers: Endgame. Hey, the concept of legacy heroes hasn’t been explored all that often in the live action realm and I, for one, really want to see where this goes.
In addition to spending more time with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, we’ll see Captain America’s corner of the Marvel Universe fleshed out in ways the movies may not have had time to explore. Case in point: Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror) has been cast as John Walker, who is better known to comic book readers as U.S. Agent.
Of course, Walker has gone by a few different monikers in the source material, including Super-Patriot and even Captain America for a time, but U.S. Agent seems to be the one most identifiable with him. Regardless, we can’t help being amused by the fact that so many men to take up the mantle in the comics are being united on one TV show.
Actually, it’d be interesting to see if Walker starts out as a villain and eventually segues into being a hero like his literary counterpart, though we can never be too sure of what creative liberties Marvel Studios will take. Just ask the Mandarin and Mysterio if you need reminding.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres fall 2020 on Disney+.