According to Marvel producer Nate Moore, there’s more Isiah Bradley to come. Though, where and when we will see more of Carl Lumbley’s Isiah he does not say. Isiah Bradley was introduced in Episode 2 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Bradley was a successor of Steve Rogers as a Super Soldier in the Korean War. Though, due to his race and the politics of the time, he was treated less favorably than Rogers was.
So far we have only seen a little of Isiah Bradley and his grandson Eli, but Moore teased more to come when he appeared on Vanity Fair‘s Still Watching’ podcast recently. Moore began by explaining where the idea for Isiah came from originally.
“That was Malcolm. He said ‘I want to do this, what’s your feeling about this, I know it was a controversial comic.’ And I said it would be great. Bradley’s amazing! I read Truth: Red, White, and Black a long time ago. I didn’t think the comic was great, but I thought the idea was great. And I think Malcolm was very smart in figuring out how to anchor that story into the overall fabric of the show….[the fabric] is really about legacy right? It’s about what is the legacy of Cap’s shield, and kind of America. I think if there is an overarching theme, or idea, of the show it wants to interrogate that, and it’s that legacy for everyone. And everybody is going to see that legacy differently.”
Moore went on to talk about how this Bradley is different from the one fans remember from the comics.
“Isaiah Bradley in the MCU version, which Carl Lumbley has done a fantastic job on, is such a more vocal participant in that conversation than he was in the books. Because he was a vegetable, and was infantilized, and sort of had all the agency taken out of him. Malcolm gave him all the agency back, and now he’s a character that can actually have a conversation about what the show’s about, and really weigh on the things I think are subconscious in Sam’s character. Isaiah gets to make them conscious, he gets to bring them out. And I think that’s such an important character, and more to come, but I think that’s why the Isaiah Bradley inclusion was so great. And again all credit goes to Malcolm for really advocating for that.”
Isiah Bradley was great in the small moment he has appeared in the show so far. Though, whether Moore means more to come in this show for in the MCU at large is unclear? The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has only two episodes left. Do we have time for Sam to circle back around to Bradley again before the finale? Sure, but that does not mean we certainly will. We also have an inkling that Eli, who was shown even more briefly than Isiah, could become Patriot in the rumored Young Avengers event. It’s therefore possible Moore is referring to further down the line, but who knows?
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