The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was the second installment of Marvel’s Phase 4. For me, the show was a massive conclusion to many loose threads. We finally go to see Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) rock Captain America’s shield, and boy wasn’t he great with it! And thanks to the White Wolf, Bucky, Sam got a kick-ass suit from Wakanda as the former asked for a favor. But if the suit is from Wakanda, does it mean that it is entirely made of Vibranium? Well, it seems that Captain America’s wings may not be Vibranium.
Why Sam’s Suit Is Different From Previous Versions
Imageworks is the studio responsible for the impressive flight sequences at the end of the series. They talked to Before and Afters about the magic behind making fans believe Sam Wilson’s new abilities. While the initial direction comes from Marvel Studios HQ, it is Chris Waegner and his team that turned Sam Wilson’s flight as Captain America into reality.
Chris Waegner said:
“One of the assets that gets revealed in episode six is the new suit and the new wings. Obviously, that needed to be a full digital build as well. And we ended up incorporating a lot of that. It’s a new suit, he’s learning how to use it. We had a lot of fun animating that new suit and him learning how to use it.”
It is amazing to see how the VFX team animated the series according to the psychology of the character!
Captain America’s Wings May Not Be Vibranium
The mastermind began explaining how and why the new suit differed from previous suits. Sam really got a serious makeover in the show. However, he continued:
“If you look at the previous incarnations of Falcon’s wings, they tend to have more of a military-type style design to them, lots of carbon fiber, lots of hinges that are exposed, things like that. And this new wing design, because it’s a new suit, he’s becoming Captain Falcon, this is a much more state-of-the-art, carbon fiber weave.”
Well, this suggests that Captain America’s wings may not be Vibranium at the end of the day. We initially thought that it was Vibranium, which is why it was able to withstand the weight and absorb the kinetic energy of a falling chopper. But as Waegner said, it is just a strong Carbon Fiber weave. Well, that’s kinda disappointing don’t you think? The new Captain America suit is from Wakanda, and yet there’s no Vibranium in it? How crazy is that?
“It’s not necessarily scratched up, abused carbon fiber. It’s a cleaner brand new suit. And that was something the filmmakers really wanted us to pay attention to. So there’s a lot of iterations in design that stemmed or began with some artwork supplied by Marvel.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier didn’t really give us an answer to the material that the wings are made up of. For now, let’s just assume that Captain America’s wings may not be Vibranium. But they’re still pretty tough! Although, I seriously believe that Captain America 4 will confirm the fact that the wings are indeed made up of Vibranium.
Here’s Why Marvel TV Series Are Continuing To Win
I thought that it was only us, the fans, that were skeptical about Marvel’s Disney+ series. But it looks like even Mackie was dubious about it. He talked about that on the red carpet at the MTV Awards:
“I was very skeptical and very surprised about the idea of a TV series, I didn’t think we wouldn’t be able to translate to television what we do on film. I was blown away and surprised by how well they were able to keep the amazing scope of the films in the Marvel Industry and take it to Disney+.”
Be it a full-budget film, or a TV Series, Marvel is not saving up at all. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier reportedly had a budget of $150 million, and it way more than an average tv show. Hence, this allowed the six-episode series to deliver outstanding and crip action sequences. Whereas WandaVision‘s $150 million budget was divided into 9 episodes. Can you imagine that much money being put into a TV series? Well, good for us – the fans!
Upcoming Marvel Roster
The roster for Phase 4 and beyond was announced during the “Disney Investor Day.” Two series have already been released – WandaVision (January 2021), and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (March 2021). But that is not all. We have way more of these Disney+ shows coming right at us. They include – Loki (June 11, 2021), What If…? (2021), Hawkeye (2021), Ms. Marvel (2021), Moon Knight (TBA), She-Hulk (2022), Secret Invasion (TBA), Ironheart (TBA), Armor Wars (TBA), I Am Groot (TBA), Untitled Wakanda Series (TBA).
Do you also think that Captain America’s Wings may not be Vibranium? Let us know in the comments.