Episode 1 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ended with a new Captain America. John Walker is played by actor Wyatt Russell, son of Hollywood legends Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Russell recently spoke to USA Today about becoming the new Captain America, for now at least.
“People are probably going to hate it, and some people are going to love it.” Movies and TV shows “are there to make people feel emotions, and I’m hoping that that’s what this show can do for people. Hopefully they don’t hate me too much,” he adds. But “it would be an honor, I guess, to be disliked in the Marvel universe.”
Thing is, we fans don’t dislike characters who do bad things, we dislike characters who are not fully realized or interesting to watch. I can’t imagine John Walker is going to be boring, but I guess we will see? However, if Walker is a great character, even if that character is a bad apple, fans will love him all the same.
As for where Russell’s new Captain America is coming from?
“I don’t think there’s really been many MCU characters who’ve had quite the dilemma he’s had in terms of trying to fit into this sort of moralistic superhero world,” Russell says of Walker. “He’s been thrust into this role as Captain America and he’s going to do it his way, and he wants to do it right. But his way is a very specific way that he has learned through being basically a trained human hunter. I mean, that’s what Marines are. They’re not Steve Rogers, they’re not the same, they’re not like Boy Scouts anymore, they’re a little bit more gnarly.”
I think most fans will imagine all is not going to go according to plan for John Walker. Fans will assume (logically I might add) that Sam Wilson and not John Walker will end up as the new Captain America. Without getting into spoilers as this article is not tagged as such, there are set videos of Walker in action as Cap. I will say no more, but even from that we can see key differences between Walker and Rogers attitude to the job.
I’m slightly confused by Russell’s statement about soldiers in this era though. I think my generation thinks of the WWII vets as being something beyond what soldiers are now. If you speak to some WWII vets, you’d understand they went through the same things as any modern soldier.
What I’m getting at here is that soldiers have a damn hard job, no matter the era, or the war. That doesn’t mean Walker and Rogers should be the same because all soldiers have their own individual experiences and reactions. Rogers was a special case perhaps? However there is no way vets of wars gone by were somehow boy scouts compared to modern soldiers. It’s fine that Walker himself is just not up to Rogers legacy. Though Sam, also a modern vet, I think will do Rogers’ legacy justice.
What do you think of Russell’s comments? What do you think of our new Captain America in the small glimpse we’ve seen so far? As always leave any thoughts below.