Falcon And The Winter Soldier: Explaining Episode 1’s Shocking Reveal

You had a week off between Marvel shows on Disney+, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has arrived. The series picks up after Avengers: Endgame, catching viewers up on the whereabouts of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). We also see what’s happened with Captain America’s shield since Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) handed it over to Sam in Endgame.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. If you’ve yet to watch it, turn away now.

We learn in the first episode of the series that Sam doesn’t feel worthy of the shield himself. Instead, he donates it to the Smithsonian museum to be displayed in honor of his friend. Of course, we don’t know where his friend, old man Steve, actually is. Did he go to another timeline? Is he married to Peggy in this reality? Did he die between Endgame and now? None of this matters, because the shield is quickly reassigned to a new Captain America–and it’s not Sam or Bucky.

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