Friday, May 7, 2021

‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Finale Unveils John Walker’s Future in the MCU

Amongst all of the other fanfare that took place in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier‘s finale, “One World, One People,” the series confirmed John Walker’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

During the battle with the Flag Smashers in New York City, Walker ended up assisting Bucky and Sam after initially coming in hot with his homemade shield. He even took it upon himself to temporarily abandon his thirst for vengeance to try to save the armored van with the GRC council staff trapped inside of it (though the save ultimately went to Sam). And after the fight finally died down, he watched on silently as the real next Captain America — Sam Wilson — gave a moving speech.

So was Walker perhaps reconsidering his actions and ready to finally drop the act? Yeah, right. After his surprise introduction to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in episode 5, coupled with his newfound Super Soldier abilities, Walker seemingly can’t deny his need to exercise his power.

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And so a scene followed with Valentina, Walker, and his wife, in which Walker stepped out wearing a slightly altered suit that’s incredibly familiar to comic fans: the black suit of U.S. Agent.

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“Things are about to get weird. So, when they do, we’re not gonna need a Captain America. We’re gonna need a U.S. Agent.”

Based on her parting words for Walker to keep his phone on, Valentina isn’t done with him yet. And interestingly enough, she also coyly mentioned Zemo’s little stunt that he somehow pulled off despite being locked down on the Raft. What does it all mean … ? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The series neglected to confirm anything further outside of this, but this certainly isn’t the last that we’ll see of these characters.

All six episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are now streaming exclusively on Disney+. Make sure to follow along with all of our coverage on the series, and check out our recent interview with series composer Henry Jackman here.

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Lindsey
Lindsey
Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to her first love, photography. When she's not behind the camera, she's likely reading books and comics or dabbling in creative writing. Otherwise, she's probably yelling about something Star Wars or Marvel related on Twitter @lindyysolo. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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