In many ways there is a progression from Black Panther towards The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Perhaps not an in-Universe progression, that remains to be seen. However there is certainly a progression for diversity. It is expected by most fans that by the end of this show Sam will become Captain America. The MCU having a black Captain America is a progression of what T’Challa meant to black fans in Black Panther. If you don’t believe me, take it from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman. Spellman recently spoke to TV Line and had this to say about his show.
“When you start to see the direct impact that a Black superhero had on my nephew, that’s branded on my brain,” Spellman notes. “I believe that Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a nice progression with the mantle that [Black Panther director Ryan] Coogler and Chadwick [Boseman] left us. I really do believe that these giant Black icons are necessary, not only for Black kids, but for white kids to start to absorb — our people as being big and heroic.”
Marvel of course are not outright saying Sam will become the new Cap. However, if we factor in the end of Endgame, and what we already know about TFATWS? It starts to seem certain where that shield is going. Of course, the story of how we get from Sam being given the shield, to him truly taking on the mantle, that’s what the show will be about in most fans opinion.
The exact details of how we get there are unknown, but it seems like it will be a rocky road. From what we do know, it appears the U.S Government, or some other organization, wants John Walker as the new Cap. If you know your comics and peruse set videos and photos, you probably know that won’t go well. It is also thought that Isaiah Bradley and his grandson Eli will feature in TFATWS. One assumes the idea of a black Captain America being rejected in the past will play a part here. It’s also possible that Eli may become Patriot as the MCU progresses into the rumored Young Avengers event.
I’ve said it many times already, might as well say it again. For Sam to truly take the mantle of Captain America, for me he has to get a dose of Super Soldier Serum. To have Sam be the MCU’s Cap going forward he needs to a superhero, not a sidekick. Bucky has those abilities, so Sam needs them also. Hopefully the Bradley’s may be able to point Sam in the right direction when it matters? As per Spellman’s comments, what do you think about the progression from Black Panther inherent in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? As always leave your thoughts below.