The Falcon and the Winter Soldier provides a subtle hint at the fate of Captain America/Steve Rogers following the events of Avengers: Endgame.
After Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, decides to donate Captain America’s iconic weapon to the Smithsonian, he and Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) take a stroll through the Captain America section in the gallery.
Some of you may have noted that one of the several screens detailing Captain America’s life story is titled A Final Mission. When you zoom in on the words, the board states after Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) died, “Steve Rogers honored his friend by finally retiring.”
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While his whereabouts have not been officially confirmed, this subtle allusion indicates that the senior Steve Rogers eventually took retirement from Avengers duties after handing the Captain America crown to Falcon/Sam Wilson at the tail end of Avengers: Endgame (2019).
The famous shield, according to Sam, “feels like it belongs to someone else.” This phrase, as per showrunner Malcolm Spellman, will serve as the motivating factor behind the adventures, pointing to the shield as the “main character” in the limited miniseries.
In the latest interview, Mackie discussed his character’s reaction to accepting the shield and, later, taking up the role of Captain America, describing it as a permanent memory of the colleague and superhero he lost when Steve Rogers retired.
There’s still people out there that really appreciate camaraderie and friendship, and Sam is one of those people. He enjoys his friend. So, he doesn’t — just like everybody else — you don’t wanna see Steve Rogers go away. You don’t wanna see Captain America go away.
Directed by Kari Skogland, the currently trending Disney+ series stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Wyatt Russell (John Walker/U.S. Agent), Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl.