It’s been a few weeks since the conclusion of Falcon and Winter Soldier.
The MCU saw a new Cap take the shield and we learned that a 4th Captain America film is in development.
The series followed Sam (Falcon) and Bucky (Winter Soldier) as they navigated post-blip. They had to set aside their differences, find common ground and dare we even say, form a close friendship.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer Malcolm Spellman recently did an interview on the Everybody Loves A Good Story YouTube Channel. The interview dove into Anthony Mackie’s character, Sam Wilson and his struggles with becoming Captain America.
Spellman was asked about Sam having to take on more responsibilities in his new role and he commented that fans look to Sam’s character as someone “who will work twice as hard as anybody out there” to get where he needs to be.
“One thing we talked about a lot is how much MCU fans responded to that scene when Steve’s running around the lake and Sam’s running with him. Even though they weren’t really trying to emphasize it, I think everybody came away feeling like ‘Man, this is a motherf***er who will work twice as hard as anybody out there, Sam.’ Right? I don’t know why, I don’t know if they meant it like that, but if you go look at the chatter around that, that’s how people took it, right?”
Spellman also talked about the show and Sam bringing racism and the black community to the forefron tof the conversation. No one wanted a black Captain America. People were skeptical of it, and Sam even states in the finale that there are a lot of people who hate him for it. He talks about “the idea of Sam coming from his background” and that he was expecting “to work twice as hard to get half as far.”
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“So when we started this thing, we had the idea of Sam coming from his background, right, has bought into the identity politics and Black excellence, right? Meaning this: I expect to work twice as hard to get half as far. I accept that in life, I don’t think nothing different is gonna happen for me. And so, those kinds of people, when you meet them kind of people who are hella intense. Do you have any friends who tell you ‘Hey dawg, I’m about to start playing guitar,’ right? And you don’t see them! You don’t see that motherf***er for two months, and when they come back, they’re really playing guitar, and you knew they would! So we felt like it was totally consistent with who Sam is. Once it’s time to get serious about the superhero-ing in these battles, that’s what Sam is gonna push at and be the best he can be.”
Touching on the future of Captain America and Sam. Spellman talks about Sam’s two encounters with Georges St-Pierre’s Batroc the Leaper. He hinted at Sam’s disadvantage of not actually having traditional superpowers to battle enemies is “gonna be his conflict moving forward”.
It will be interesting to see what Sam struggles with as he takes the shield especially without super powers.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are available to stream on Disney+ if you haven’t checked it out yet.