Malcolm Spellman felt “wrecked” when the title card for the Disney+ limited series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier changed in the closing moments.
The finale displayed a different title twice during the concluding credits, naming the show Captain America and the Winter Soldier, a name passed down by the production company’s influences behind the scenes.
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Spellman told Inverse he didn’t notice the title card adjustment until he was viewing one of the finale clips. Since neither he nor his writing team had written the scene into the story, it was all the more shocking when the crew found out.
The showrunner told the website,
I’ll be honest: I discovered that title change when I was watching a cut of the episode, and it wrecked me.
I haven’t spoken to Marvel about whether they considered changing Bucky’s name too, but my gut tells me the reason it still says ‘and the Winter Soldier’ is simply because they wanted to play with the poetry of a title you’ve been hearing. If they had changed too much it maybe wouldn’t have felt the same, but I truly don’t know what discussion went into it. I just know it landed heavy with me.
Speaking with Comic Book, the writer said, despite the fact that the same title sequence referred to Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) as the Winter Soldier, he acknowledged he was no longer his violent, ruthless, and murderous self.
I hope people will forget that end title card as being an indicator of a commitment from Marvel. I think he has slayed that dragon, personally, and I don’t think I’ll be in trouble for that.
The writer continued,
So when Bucky enters the series, he’s never ever shaken what he believes, which is, ‘I remember everyone, murders, which means that part of me was there, which means a part of the Winter Soldier is me.’ And if even a fraction of Winter Soldier is you, you are an awful person. You know what I’m saying?