Sam Wilson is the new Captain America, and as such, he was given a brand new suit. Here’s how Sam’s star-spangled outfit compares to Steve Rogers’.
WARNING: the following contains SPOILERS for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale.
Sam Wilson officially became Captain America in the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and here’s how his suit is different from Steve Rogers’. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 is now well underway, and what makes this new wave of content so exciting is that it’s not just focusing on movies but also various TV shows set to stream on Disney +. One of these, which ran in March of 2021, is The Falcon and the Winter Soldierset around six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier followed Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) as he decided whether or not to take the mantle of Captain America, and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who was still struggling with his demons from his dark past as the Winter Soldier. Together, Sam and Bucky came across a radical group known as the Flag Smashers, but they weren’t the only problem they had to take care of. As Sam initially gave the Captain America shield up, the government appointed John Walker (Wyatt Russell) as the new Captain America, but he proved to be unworthy of it. After some inner struggles, Sam finally decided to fulfill Steve Rogers’ plans and took the mantle of Captain America – and, of course, with that came a new suit.
Thanks to Bucky, who asked the Dora Milaje a favor after handing them Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) once their alliance was over, Sam got a brand new suit that mixed the best of his superhero worlds: his Falcon suit and its specific characteristics, and the Captain America suit. In the comics, Sam Wilson also became Captain America and sported a brand new suit. The MCU stayed true to the design from the comics, but with some changes to better fit this universe’s style and make it more believable. In terms of how it looks, Sam’s Captain America suit in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sports a simpler version of the logo seen in the comics, allowing for the audience’s attention to go to other details. The suit kept the same color palette as the one in the comics (blue, red, and white, of course), and it’s pretty much a mix of his Falcon suit with the Captain America one.
Sam’s Captain America Suit Provides More Protection
Steve Rogers wore different Captain America suits throughout his MCU history, but the final iteration appeared in Avengers: Endgame. Steve’s suit incorporated chain mail, a star on the chest, and the Avengers’ logo. Given that Steve was a Super Soldier, he did not require much protection on the suit, though it surely helped him absorb some hits. Sam’s suit, however, does have noticeable protection, mostly on the chest. His gloves were turned into gauntlets, his visor has sensor technology (thanks to Wakanda), and his wings were added to it, thus allowing him to fly and shield himself in case of an explosion or crash. Finally, Sam’s loyal Redwing is also part of his new suit. Much of this is because Sam isn’t a Super Soldier, and as trained as he is in combat and more, he needs more protection than Steve and other characters with superpowers. Wakandan technology also surely comes into play – though whether pieces of the suit are made of vibranium or not is currently unknown.
Of course, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale won’t be the last time Marvel fans will see Sam Wilson in his brand new Captain America suit. His arc as Captain America has just begun, and will continue with Captain America 4 and beyond. As Sam adapts to this new identity and role in the MCU, he, along with viewers, will keep on learning more about the suit, its composition, and everything it can do.
Everything We Know About Captain America 4
At this time, very little is known about Captain America 4, other than the fact that it will feature Sam Wilson’s Captain America as the main protagonist. Bucky will also be returning, which is fitting considering he has been a staple of the Captain America franchise so far. Sharon Carter, aka the Power Broker, and John Walker, aka US Agent, are also likely candidates to feature in Captain America 4‘s cast after their key roles in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Captain America 4 could feature multiple Captain Americas, too, as there are many iterations of the character in the Marvel comics, and it would provide an interesting contrast to Phase 4’s developing concept of variants. A large part of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s story involved Sam coming to terms with what it means to represent America as a Black man, a theme which will likely be continued in Captain America 4. To this end, having an even wider range of Captain Americas that can represent multiple facets of American identity would also add rich texture to the story. All that’s known for certain about Captain America 4‘s story at this point, however, is the fact that Sebastian Stan has compared it to Rocky. With no filming or release date announced yet, either, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is still the most up-to-date content about Sam Wilson’s Captain America journey.
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