The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has concluded its run on Disney+. With many plot threads to focus on in the future, the show gave us a number of characters to look forward to as well. Namely, Sam – the new Captain America, Bucky – evolving into White Wolf, Sharon Carter as the Power Broker, Valentina, Jok Walker (U.S. Agent), and of course, Zemo. All we have to do is wait and see how the future of the MCU unfolds. To top it all of, Captain America 4 has been announced recently and we will get to see Sam and Bucky in action in action again, hopefully!
The show definitely left the viewers thinking. It left a lot of loose threads, and it is actually good that this is the case. The reason why I say this is because it prompts the viewers to get out of the box and imagine whatever they want to. There were many theories that were prevalent before and during the series. But, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has definitely debunked a lot of major MCU theories.
Here are 10 majors theories about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which were proven wrong:
AIM Will Be Falcon & Winter Soldier’s Villain
The teaser for The Falcon & The Winter Soldier showed villains in the same yellow-and-black color scheme associated with AIM, an evil organization from Iron Man 3 headed up by Aldrich Killian. With super-soldier serum making a comeback in the series, would fit with their plans for the science-based villainy of the organization. But it was later revealed that it was Dr. Nagel. The costumes, meanwhile, were worn by Batroc’s LAF organization, a new name in the MCU. AIM might return in the future of the MCU, but it definitely was not included in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Bucky’s Possible Death
It was reported that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier could be setting up Bucky’s tragic end. The show sets up Bucky’s story for exploring his PTSD, the pain and grief from his time as the Winter Soldier, and his attempts at being better. The rumor of his possible death starting surfacing even before the premiere of the show. The concept of exploring Bucky’s PTSD provoked fans that he would eventually die because of the aftermath. But the ending was rather contrary. Bucky had a happy ending. He was eventually redeemed. Our White Wolf has been almost introduced.
Cameo By Yelena Belova
If it was not for the coronavirus pandemic, Black Widow would have been released before The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The former is a prequel to Avengers: Infinity War and the two properties are separated by several years in the MCU timeline. But both carried plot elements from both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
But there were rumors of a much bigger connection. Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova was to appear in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier as per the rumors. Well, with little to no surprise, that did not happen. Yelena will turn up in Hawkeye after Black Widow, which lends more credence to the idea of her originally appearing in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. Honestly, it is a better decision to not introduce her first in Sam and Bucky’s evolving storyline.
Old Steve Rogers Would Return
The first time we were introduced to Old Steve was in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame. This is when Steve decided to pass on the legacy to Sam. Even though Kevin Feige had denied that Evans is coming back, people still hoped to him in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. There were theories that Rogers would return to officially crown Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. But honestly, it would have been a little preposterous to have him back just to do this. Steve was mentioned a few times, but only in vague terms to say that he’s “gone.” This leaves ample room for interpretation.
Characters From Incredible Hulk Would Return
Theories were particularly applied to Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination. Alongside him, there was also speculation that General Ross might return. The reason being the latter’s ties with the upcoming project, Black Widow. He will be seen in the movie, alongside Valentina, who made her MCU debut in the series. But a well enough news is that we will see Blonsky as Abomination in the upcoming Disney+ series, She-Hulk. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was affiliated with the rumors that it would explore either the remains of the super-soldier serum and the eager party behind it – Thaddeus Ross.
Well, we did get a Thunderbolts set up at the end. But theories and rumors suggested that the Thunderbolts might already be established by the time this series takes place. So, Zemo might meet up with the likes of Ghost, Taskmaster, and other characters by the end. But that didn’t happen.
Zemo Taking The Lead As Villain
The series definitely reformed Zemo as our favorite villain. I mean, the guy was seen dancing and that is all that was needed for him to steal the limelight. But at the level of his caliber as a villain, fans were instantly provoked to believe that he is the real villain when it was first confirmed that he will be in the series. Fans thought that he is, in fact, the one to control the Flag-Smashers. This was eventually discarded in the finale episode when it was revealed that his hate for superheroes or superhumans is still valid as he used his allies to blow up a truck full of super-soldiers.
Madripoor Will Set Up X-Men Or Eternals
The arrival of X-Men has been long-awaited in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Madripoor was finally introduced and it is controlled by the Power Broker, our very own Sharon Carter. But the place is particularly relevant to two of the most prominent mutants. Wolverine has a storied history there, while Magneto also built a mansion in its Hightown – and with Marvel Studios regaining the rights to those characters following Disney’s purchase of Fox, then it naturally led to theories that this would set up the X-Men’s MCU arrival. And of course, Pietro’s casting from the X-Men franchise in WandaVision planted a possible doubt in the head.
Thaddeus Ross is the Power Broker
There were several running theories suggesting the identity of the Power Broker. Sharon Broker as the Power Broker felt so obvious that people began to theorize some other character as the leader in Madripoor. Someone like Thaddeus Ross was thought of because the Power Broker was having the Super Soldier serum recreated. But ultimately, it was indeed Sharon who turned out to be the main villain.
Sharon Carter is a Skrull
People are still theorizing that Sharon Carter is a Skrull. But the finale of the show has already proved this theory incorrect. If she was a Skrull, then she wouldn’t have needed the Photostatic Veil in the finale. She could have shape-shifted in order to step foot in the country.
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