Marvel‘s phase 4 is starting to shape up perfectly. WandaVision set the tone with the concept of Multiverses. This was followed by The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The series dwelled into Sam and Bucky’s lives six months after Avengers: Endgame. Steve Rogers gives up the legacy at the end of Endgame, passing it on to Sam. But he doesn’t believe Steve’s decision and ends up retiring the title. The entire show is currently based on the concept of super-soldier serum.
The series revolves around the nucleus of the super-soldier serum. The same serum was responsible for turning Steve Rogers from a malnourished soldier to Captain America. But he is not the only one. If we look at The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, then the Flag-Smashers is a group of super-soldiers. Even John Walker took the super-soldier serum and became a supersoldier.
Collectively, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of supersoldiers if we look closely. Namely, Taskmaster, Black Widow, Luke Cage, Isaiah Bradley, and Patriot. But for now, let’s date our steps back to the 1940s. A Canadian/American joint government project tried to recreate the super-soldier serum but a version that was over a hundred thousand times stronger than the one given to Captain America. The serum was a success. But it was stolen and ended up creating the strongest hero ever.
The hero that we are talking about right now is the Sentry. He became the most powerful in the entire universe after taking a special dose. In hindsight, Bob Reynolds (Sentry) was just a junkie. The craving led him to take another dose of what he did not know was a super-soldier serum. In The Sentry #8 (2006) by Paul Jenkins, John Romita Jr., Mark Morales, Dean White, Richard Isanove, and VC’s Rus Wooton, a schizophrenic Bob Reynolds breaks into a facility housing the experimental super-soldier serum.
Sentry’s powers are easily unrivaled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s got superhuman strength, sight, smell, manipulate energy, can fly, is nearly unkillable, and has the powers of millions of exploding suns. But all this does not come without a cost. An entity known as the Void tries to control the Sentry. It can destroy the entire universe if Sentry fails to stop it.
When he first debuted he was a normal man whose memory was erased by his fellow heroes. The Sentry would later join the Avengers and be killed fighting Knull, the God of Symbiotes – a death made more shocking as the King in Black disposed of him with ease. But his powers are unpredictably strong. The aftermath of using the super-soldier serum is to be explored in both positive and negative ways. For example, the Sentry is really powerful but it comes with a cost.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is entirely revolving around the concept of super-soldier serum. One glimpse of the bad side of the serum was seen in John Walker. He lost his control and ended up recklessly killing a Flag-Smasher named Nico. He has not been the same ever since. Walker is a vicious man walking around with superstrength.
It will be safe to think that the super-soldier serum will be more centered in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is currently streaming on Disney+.