Avengers: Endgame surprised fans in many astonishing ways. But one of the most deranging questions that are dividing Marvel fans across the world is: Why did Steve Rogers chose Falcon and not Bucky to become the next Captain America?
So, why did Falcon become Captain America and not Bucky? The last installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapped up with some of the franchise’s most iconic giving up their position as the ultimate protectors of the universe. For Marvel fans like us, it is definitely a culmination of an era. But still, there are still many questions that need to be answered since there will be a lot more to look forward to with Phase 4 and the Disney+ series.
Why did Steve Rogers choose Falcon instead of Bucky?
After undoing the big snap and defeating Thanos, Steve Rogers decided to go back in time to replace all the Infinity Stones and thus avoiding to fracture the past. However, instead of coming back to the present, Steve decided to stay back in the 1940’s and reunite with his lover Peggy Carter and live out the life he missed. He arrived back in the present day as an old man.
The closing moments of the movie showed Steve Rogers handing over his shield to Sam Wilson (a.k.a., Falcon) and in essence, making him to become the next Captain America. This came quite as a shocking to many Marvel fans since they were expecting Bucky Barnes to take up this huge responsibility after Steve. The fact that Steve and Bucky have shared a history together as nothing but the best buddies makes it even more confusing.
According To The Writers…
The writer duo, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, spent over a decade scripting and formulating the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They have explained the logic behind why it was appropriate for Steve Rogers to give the shield to Sam Wilson than Bucky Barnes.
“When you look back at “The First Avenger” and realise why he (Steve Rogers) was chosen to be the first super-soldier, it’s about a certain purity at heart and certain inner heroism,” stated Markus in an interview.
He explained that while the audience may have a soft spot for Bucky, it cannot change the fact that the character had a dark past and is still trying to recover from it. While, on the other hand, the Falcon had an upper hand when it came to passing on such a big responsibility.
“It is more of a risk to give it to Bucky. As much as everyone loves him, he is still recovering from his dark past. Sam really is a truly stand-up guy. It wasn’t a wildly difficult choice, certainly,” Markus asserted.
Plus, McFeely insisted how passing on the shield to an African-American character, pointed towards a better America.
According To The Russo Brothers…
During an interview with the Entertainment Weekly radio show, Anthony Russo explained that they all were debating about who can be the right claimant for the shield at the end of the film. “There was a lot (of discussion) fueled by the books. There are two versions of who gets the shield, Sam or Bucky,” he explained. “And we talked about, it but it became pretty clear to us early on. Cap and Sam just share this character connection.”
“Not that Cap and Bucky don’t!” clarified Joe Russo Still, as Anthony continued, “I think the real attraction between Cap and Bucky is that their relationship — they started more as opposites, and that’s how they complemented each other. Whereas I feel like Sam and Cap are more kindred spirits.”
Why People Don’t Want Falcon To Become The Next Captain America
Many fans had this notion of Bucky is the right heir to the shield. It also sounds correct, considering his redemption arc, life-long friendship with Steve and the fact that he has a similar heightened durability to Steve.
But since the Russo Brothers have cleared now that the new Captain America, or any Captain America needs to be someone pure, so Wilson seems to be the right choice. Perhaps Bucky will heal enough to someday take on this mantle in the future. He will next be seen in the Disney+ series Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Clearly, it seemed like a difficult task for the filmmakers to decide who would pick up Captain America’s shield after Steve decides to retire. While we’ll have to wait until the next installment of the franchise to see exactly what this means for the future of the MCU, at least fans can take comfort in the fact that while Steve Rogers might be gone, Captain America and the Winter Soldier will continue to fight side by side.