After spending his first five-plus years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Steve Rogers sidekick, the first season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finally elevated Sam Wilson to the A-list superhero he always deserved to be.
Warning: spoilers for the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “One World, One People”, will follow.
As fans have been expecting ever since The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was announced, Sam Wilson finally took his rightful place as the new Captain America in the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, making good use of both the shield Steve Rogers left him and the new Cap suit that the Wakandans hooked him up with.
For those familiar with the Marvel Universe, Sam’s ascension to the Captain America mantle has been in the works for some time, as the comic book version of the character first began donning the red, white, and blue stars and stripes back in 2014.
Coincidentally enough, 2014 was also the year that Anthony Mackie made his debut as Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even back then — when it was virtually impossible to predict how the MCU would shake out — he was all-in on the idea of Wilson becoming Cap, as he tweeted a picture of young Black boy donning the iconic helmet to share his excitement when news of the new Captain America (in the comics) became official).
Dreams do come true!!! It's only the ComicBook, but it's still amazing! pic.twitter.com/vOUnx8yaCn
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) July 18, 2014
With Wilson now legitimately established as the MCU’s official Captain America, it’ll be fascinating to see where the franchise takes him from here, especially considering all of the discussions the series had about what it means for a Black man to be Captain America. Marvel Studios certainly isn’t closing the door on a second season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as President Kevin Feige told journalists over the winter that they are “thinking of planning second seasons for some of the upcoming series.”
We’ll be recapping and reviewing the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Solider, and all things Marvel Cinematic Universe, over on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to subscribe and check that out.