The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale delivered a powerful moment by embracing Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. Following the widely successful WandaVision , the show served as the second Disney+ offering of the MCU, placing the spotlight on Sam and Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes in their post-Blip lives.
The pair was introduced to several threats during the show's six-episode run, ranging from Wyatt Russell's John Walker all the way to Karli Morgenthau and her Flag Smashers. Aside from the villains, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier also tackled the complicated legacy of Captain America's shield with Sam at the center of the narrative.
Throughout the show's first season, Sam spent time grappling with the idea of becoming the Star-Spangled hero , and this development reached an intriguing point when he discovered that a Black super-soldier in the form of Carl Lumbly's Isaiah Bradley was erased from American history.
Ultimately, after a deep conversation with Bucky, Sam eventually picked up the shield to become a symbol of hope, leading to an intense final battle with the Flag Smashers .
Now, to celebrate the character's heroic transformation, a new poster has arrived.
SAM WILSON TAKES FLIGHT AS CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel Studios officially released a new poster for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier , showcasing Sam Wilson as the MCU's new Captain America.
Alongside the release, a new Twitter Emoji showing Sam Wilson's Star-Spangled hero was unveiled.
ANTHONY MACKIE'S STAR-SPANGLED MCU FUTURE
From starting off as one of Steve Rogers' closest allies to eventually becoming Captain America himself, Sam Wilson had quite a journey in the MCU.
Anthony Mackie's Marvel hero was initially viewed as a significant supporting character in the franchise, but the final scene of Avengers: Endgame propelled Sam to a higher purpose after Steve gave him the shield. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier delivered on that promise, but the show first explored the character's hesitation about the mantle.
The debut episode of the series started out by featuring Sam's decision to give up the shield to the government, but this choice backfired when it was revealed that they had other plans for it. The arrival of John Walker as the new Captain America made things complicated for the titular pair of Sam and Bucky, and the additional presence of the Flag Smashers made it even harder.
Despite the looming threats, there was a sense that all of these were needed to motivate Sam to pick up the shield once and for all, with the secrets behind Isaiah Bradley serving as the final push for the winged Avenger.
This poster is a fitting reminder of Sam's fascinating journey, and this is also an indication of bigger things to come for the character. It was previously reported that a fourth Captain America film is in the works, and it's all but confirmed that it will revolve around Sam's next step as the Star-Spangled Avenger.
The story possibilities are endless, and it will be interesting to find out how Sam will continue his own legacy after the explosive finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier .
All episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are now streaming on Disney+.