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Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The US Government Doesn’t Want Sam Wilson to Be Captain America

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BY April 27, 2020
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A new rumor, from a solid source, suggests that the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will deal with how the US government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America. In his heyday, Kevin Smith was best known as an indie film director. While he still directs from time-to-time, Smith now makes his living mostly as a podcaster. Anyone who’s listened to him talk about things knows that something about his shows makes people offer up details they shouldn’t. During the most recent episode of Fatman Beyond, his comics and geek culture podcast with writer Marc Bernardin, the latter host offered up something he “read” about the new series coming from Disney+.

Will Sam Wilson Be the New Captain America?

The announcement for this series, meant to get folks excited about the latest contender in the streaming wars, predated Infinity War and Endgame. So, while we’ve known the show will be called The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, the end of the Infinity Saga showed us that Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson is Steve Rogers’s hand-picked successor to his mantle and shield. While this makes for a moving denouement of these characters’ stories, it’s not like Sam can just suit up and start slinging the vibranium disc around. First and foremost, Sam Wilson is just a regular dude.

Unlike Steve, he doesn’t have Dr. Erskine’s super-soldier serum (or Howard Stark’s “Vita-rays,” whatever those are) coursing through his veins. Of course, this is a comic book world, so powers can’t be that hard to come by. Yet, the most interesting development in the show might be that despite the original Cap’s wishes, the US government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America. Though, Marvel Studios has not put out an official synopsis for the series. So, how do we know this?

Blabman Beyond: Marc Bernardin Spills Some Beans

During their San Diego Comic-Con round-up podcast, Smith and Bernardin closed their show with a rundown of all the new Marvel projects. At about the 59-minute mark, the discussion turns towards the new Disney+ show, and Smith asks if Mackie will suit up as Cap in the show. That’s when Bernardin, seemingly forgetting he’s on a show and not just talking to his friend, let’s slip the rumor.

He replies:

“That I think is the crux of what that show’s going to be. That the government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America…. has the shield, and they don’t him to have it. They want someone else to be Captain America.”

Smith is astounded. “Do you know that?” he asks.

“Yeah,” Bernardin replies, succinctly. Smith asks him how he knows this information. Bernardin grows slightly uneasy, replying (unconvincingly), “I read it.” He then quickly shifts the conversation to Daniel Bruhl’s return as Baron Zemo, complete with comics-accurate pink mask.

US Government Doesn't want sam wilson to be captain america
Image via Marvel Entertainment

What makes this a very credible rumor is that before he wrote comics and television episodes, Marc Bernardin worked as an entertainment journalist. The certainty with which he told Smith (and the audience) that this would be the plot of the show suggests he didn’t just read it on the internet. File this under “rumor” for now, but chances are Bernardin shared some privileged information either. The real question was whether he intended to or he just slipped.

What do you think? Do you think the series will focus on how the US Government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America? Does this mean we’ll get a version of USAgent or some other Cap-clone to serve as an atagonist? Theorize away in the comments below or when you share this article on social media.

Featured image via Marvel Entertainment

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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