Even though Steve Rogers didn’t meet a tragic ending in “Avengers: Endgame”, it was quite obvious towards the end that his superhero days were behind him.
Although many were stoked that the Captain America mantel was passed on to Falcon, others were also hoping that the Winter Soldier would be the next to carry the title.
As comic book fans would know, both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson have taken up the shield at various points in the story. It could have easily gone either way in “Avengers: Endgame”, so why did the Russo brothers choose Sam over Bucky then?
“Cap and Bucky are brothers but you know what’s interesting about them is they’re very different people and I think that Bucky always has the ability to have his mind corrupted, it can always be taken over by someone else. That hasn’t been resolved for him and Sam has his free will and I think that Sam also had a similar ethic as Cap as far as service goes in the military,” the filmmakers explained.
They added, “Sam still retains that spirit of service to the community and he lives in that circle very clearly in the movies. Comic books and movies are very different and our interpretation of the characters if you’ve been following the movies are very different from what the books are so as it stands in these films, Bucky is still a damaged character who I think feels like he doesn’t want the shield and I think that ultimately Sam is a character with free will who is the closest in morality to what Cap was and Cap believes he deserves it.”
There’s a good chance we’ll get to see Sam as the next Captain America in Disney Plus’ “Falcon and Winter Soldier” TV series.
Source: We Got This Covered.