THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER: CAN THE SHIELD BE REDEEMED?April 12, 2021
The fourth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended on a very shocking note. John Walker, the new Captain America used a symbol of hope and justice for America to brutally kill a man. An action that the whole world watched.
This moment, by itself, could probably be viewed as the darkest moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So one can’t help but wonder if the shield will forever be tied to that incredibly dark moment.
HOW THE SHIELD BECAME A SYMBOL
The iconic and easily recognizable shield is tied to the man who made it the symbol it is today.
Captain America did his press tour with a shield with the flag of the USA painted on it. That shield was mostly decorative and proved insufficient in his first confrontation with the Red Skull. As such, he needed a new one when he officially led a military unit.
At that moment, Steve could have gone with any number of weapons but he chose another shield because his first instinct is to defend against oppressive forces.
Even when the shield breaks, Steve Rogers does not waver.
The shield is iconic because the man who held it is iconic.
WHAT IT BECAME IN THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
This iconic symbol in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier first started off as a memorial of the man who carried it and inspiration to the new generation of heroes who would follow in Captain America’s steps.
Sam Wilson gives the shield to the Smithsonian to fulfill that and find his own path. However, the US government immediately chooses to create a legacy title. They choose someone else to take up the mantle of the icon.
But this time, the choice made is the exact antithesis of Steve Rogers. John Walker isn’t chosen because he’s a good man, rather it’s because he’s a good soldier.
But John Walker needs a lot more than a shield to have the impact Steve Rogers had.
WHAT THE SHIELD IS NOW
John Walker’s journey as Captain America has been plagued with self-doubt and failure.
His first confrontation in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended in failure. That begun a sizeable list of dead ends and roadblocks for the new poster boy.
John’s struggles come to a head in the fourth episode when consecutive losses push him to taking a super soldier serum.
Unfortunately, his new powers still can’t stop him from failing as his next fight results in the death of his best friend. Lemar Hoskins (Battlestar) comes in to stop Karli Morgenthau from killing John and takes a fatal blow instead.
John snaps and uses the iconic monument for truth, justice, and the American way to brutally kill a man in full view of the world.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
There is no telling what the fallout from this disastrous action will be but it’s sure to be massive.
Public uproar against the US, the GRC (Global Repatriation Council), and John is bound to be swift and very negative. The powers that be will have a lot on their hands to clean up.
Sam might have to deal with the unfortunate fact that his giving up the shield led to this. It is by no means his fault but cleaning up this mess is likely to be his problem.
Karli and the Flag Smashers might increase their support but the death of Battlestar is a whole new problem that they created.
Can the shield ever move past this dark moment? We can only wait and see.
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