The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has established new stories. These plot threads will surely be explored in the future of MCU. Be it in the form of series or movies, I believe that the MCU has successful expanded beyond Phase 3. We have finally found our new Captain America. In a series of events involving Sam’s indecisiveness and John Walker rocking Cap’s shield, we got to see other streams leading into a much intricate plot. The series redeemed two of its main characters – Bucky and Sharon Carter. But this only leads to a much bigger picture.
Sharon kicked off her journey in the MCU as a devoted Agent for SHIELD. We first saw her in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She was assigned to pose as a friendly neighbor to Steve Rogers for his protection. After SHIELD fell, she joined the CIA. But in Civil War, She was claimed as the enemy of the state for her actions because she stole Captain America’s shield from the U.S. Government for Steve.
In The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, she was promised a full pardon by the government by Sam. Which, indeed, she got in the post-credit scene of the series. She also got her “old” position back. But she was quickly up to her evil ways. Theories have it either she has ties with the real Mandarin, or she’s a Skrull, or she is leading to be the main villain of Armor Wars, an upcoming Disney+ series.
In the post-credit scene, she can be seen talking to an ally of her or an operative. She says, “Super soldiers might be off the menu, but we’re about to have full access to government secrets, prototype weapons, you name it. Should be something for everyone.” But how does it well fit well with Armor Wars? Let me weigh in with how The Falcon and The Winter Soldier can lead to Armor Wars in the first place.
In the first episode of the series, Sam gave up the shield and it went on display at the Smithsonian. Sam was accompanied by Colonel James Rhodes there. This particular moment is layered deeply. Rhodes can empathize with Sam as both of them are cut from the same cloth, as they both have lost a best friend. Rhodey signed off with a promise to see Sam around later. This could be the first hint to the series leading into Armor Wars.
I know, you’re still wondering how could Sharon even be connected to Armor Wars? Well, I may have just the right idea to satisfy you. If you remember Iron Man 2, then Stark made it clear that the world is many years away from replicating his technology and that he had privatized World Peace. He said, “Yeah, I’d say most countries, five, ten years away. Hammer Industries, twenty.” The timespan between Iron Man 2 and the modern MCU, the current timeline is well past Tony’s estimates and we are almost there. Now, it can be theorized that Hammer is back in the picture and he might be in cahoots with Sharon.
How does this have a reference to our theory? Well, in the comics, “Armor Wars” was a fan-favorite story in which Tony Stark realized his scientific secrets had been stolen by a classic villain called Spymaster, who had sold them to Stark’s old nemesis, Justin Hammer. So in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she could have taken Spymaster’s role, as the one who steals proprietary technology and experimental weapons. And of course, Hammer is back in the picture all ready to buy the “prototype weapons” mentioned by Sharon.
During the Blip, Rhodey was given a major upgrade in what Marvel has dubbed the “Cosmic Iron Patriot” armor. We have to respect the fact that he is a decorated member of the USAF. So, if the US government is in fact planning to explore an experimental armor with alien technology, then this is just the kind of thing that would trigger Sharon and her allies’ interests. Now, when these secrets and plans are u for grabs in the black market, it will obviously be Rhodey in action with the intention of taking them down. In my opinion, Sharon would make a perfect villain for the Armor War series. The upcoming series anyway seems like a continuation of The Falcon ad The Winter Soldier‘s legacy as it, in a way, pays respect to the idea of a patriotic Black hero tackling the odds.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is currently streaming on Disney+. Directed by Kari Skogland, it stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly.