Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson was handed the symbolic Vibranium Captain America shield from an elderly Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, effectively becoming the next Captain America himself. However, this left many trying to figure out just why the upcoming Disney+ series was called The Falcon and The Winter Soldier if Sam’s moniker was changing. Mackie has now explained his superhero title won’t be changing just because he’s got Captain America’s shield.
Variety asked Mackie if the title to the show would be changing now that he’s Captain America. He replied, “No, I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon. The moniker will stay the same.”
This, we theorize, is precisely the story of the Disney+ series. As a followup to the modern day Captain America films and the most recent pair of Avengersstories, Falcon and The Winter Soldier is undoubtedly about Falcon stepping up and earning the role of “Captain America” as they take on Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) who makes a return after serving as the antagonist of Civil War.
The Captain America symbol is in the updated logo for Falcon and The Winter Soldier for obvious reasons, Wilson was given the shield for a reason, and most telling of all, he admitted to being fitted for a new Captain America costume in the very same interview at Comic-Con with MTV. He was set to appear as Captain America in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The Disney+ streaming service will launch this November. Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan and will be released on Disney+. The series will hit the streaming service in Fall 2020.