Disney Plus’ new flagship Marvel show Falcon and the Winter Soldier began this week showing Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) faced with major money and family problems. Despite these distractions, he did send his army pal Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) to investigate the new Flag-Smasher terrorist team. Joaquin bit off more than he could chew, however, when he came face-to-face with the masked villain himself.
Joaquin was then thrown to the ground before he watched Flag-Smasher kick someone else into a nearby lamppost.
The force and power of his attacks made it look like he had the same strength as both Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Both of the characters received their powers from a Hydra serum which made them super soldiers.
So far in the Marvel universe, only a handful of soldiers have been given this experimental drug.
In 2016’s Captain America: Civil War Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) was aiming to track down another group of Winter Soldiers in the Arctic.
Bucky revealed to Steve he was particularly worried about these warriors because they were even stronger than him.
When the heroes arrived at the secret Hydra base to take on the soldiers, Zemo had already found them cryogenically frozen and, in an even more shocking twist, he shot and killed them all.
With the other Winter Soldiers dead, and the super-soldier serum lost, Bucky and Captain America should be the only warriors of their kind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First and foremost, Mackie recently spoke out about the notion of replacing Captain America with another hero – either Falcon or Winter Soldier.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 42-year-old actor said: “The show is very honest and forthright and very unapologetic about dealing with the truth of what it means to be American, Captain America, Black Captain America – and if that’s even a thing.
“I think picking up from where we left off at the end of Endgame, the show progresses extremely well by asking those questions and really explaining why Sam said the shield feels like it belongs to someone else.”
Mackie added that he doesn’t believe there is a “defacto Captain America figure” in the series.
Instead, Mackie said: “I think the more important thing is, how do we now define the Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
“When you’ve been defined so long as an Avenger or a superhero, when you’re not that anymore, what are you?”
So far, it looks like Falcon will be tested for his new role by fighting a foe Steve couldn’t defeat – but will he be able to come out on top?
Falcon and the Winter Soldier continues Friday on Disney Plus.