The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's title for the upcoming Dinsey+ Marvel TV show is essentially a lie, as neither character uses those respective names anymore. Easily one of the most anticipated projects from the MCU's upcoming Phase 4 slate, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sees the two former Captain America sidekicks - Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) - co-lead their own streaming series that will show what they've been up to after Avengers: Endgame.
Given that the Infinity Saga is now over and several of the mainline heroes from the first three phases of the MCU are either gone or preparing to make their final appearances, Marvel Studios needs to start thinking about the future beyond the original six superheroes. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean getting rid of their costumed identities. In the comics, several people have been Captain America and Iron Man, and so, passing the baton to a new character is something that the studio wants to establish in the franchise as well.
In a somewhat surprising move at the end of Avengers: Endgame, an elderly Steve Rogers gave his Captain America shield to Falcon, thereby passing on the mantle of Captain America itself to him. So, as of the start of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Falcon should technically be Captain America. Furthermore, it was confirmed prior to the start of Avengers: Infinity War that Bucky was no longer the Winter Soldier but rather the White Wolf. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier should actually be called Captain America and the White Wolf.
Since the series is called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and its logo is the Captain America shield, what's likely is that the limited series will focus on Falcon ultimately becoming a true Captain America successor, and he'll take the title for himself towards the end of its run. This would be in addition to defeating Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), who's returning for the Disney+ show after previously appearing in Captain America: Civil War. Giving Falcon a chance to take down Zemo - a longtime Captain America villain - once and for all could be the last step for him to become the new Captain America.
What's more, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn't the only show that Marvel Studios is doing this with. The upcoming Hawkeye series should also be named Ronin since Clint Barton clearly adopted that persona in Avengers: Endgame. But with him, it wouldn't be far-fetched to presume that he went back to being "Hawkeye" when his family returned. Therefore, he shed himself of his darker, more sinister identity.
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