The latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gives the new Captain America, John Walker, his own Bucky.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2, “The Star-Spangled Man,” now airing on Disney +.
As expected, the emotional core of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier revolves around John Walker (Wyatt Russell) assuming command of Captain America from Steve Rogers, and how Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) can’t stand there being a new heroic face to the country. But to make the passing of the baton hurt even more, this new Cap has his own Bucky.
This is none other than Clé Bennett’s Lemar Hoskins, who is Walker’s right-hand man and his loyal best friend in the military. In the comics, both Hoskins and Walker debuted in 1986. Captain America # 323 when they underwent a superhuman upgrade from the Power Broker. Walker would become the Super-Patriot, but Lemar and two other military associates would become known as the Bold Urban Commando, also known as the “Buckies.”
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The Buckies would stage raids, allowing Walker to save the day so he could show America what true patriotism felt like. This culminated in Walker getting the official mantle as Captain America 10 issues later, and Hoskins would be designated as his state sponsored Bucky. However, he would denounce the name “Bucky” due to racist connotations and take the nickname Battlestar. Eventually, Hoskins would put aside Walker’s extremist doctrines and continue to fight the superhero registry in Civil war and with Hawkeye’s Underground against Hydra in Secret empire.
Now in The Falcon and the Winter SoldierHoskins, like Walker, is initially shown as an altruistic figure when the new Cap has to go out onto the football field for an interview at Good morning america. Their bond evokes Steve and Bucky’s relationship, and their action dynamics are later revealed when a helicopter leaves the duo to help Sam and Buck fight the Flag-Smashers in Munich. Lemar is suspended from the helicopter in tactical gear, proving to be a huge advantage on the field as the group fights off thugs.
Sadly, the mission goes awry, mainly because no one anticipated the Flag-Smashers being super soldiers. But the cheeky Lemar still manages to improve the mood by getting a shot at how Redwing was hacked to track Sam and Bucky back to Europe. However, Sam responds when he mocks Hoskins’ “Battlestar” nickname, which clearly lays the groundwork for the rivalry to come.
What stands out about this episode is that the G-men want no one, not even the most powerful heroes on Earth, in their path. That’s because after Sam and Buck reject their olive branch, they make it clear that they are serving the flag and whoever threatens that mission will be removed from the table. It’s a stern warning, but it fits in with the arrogant attitude of Walker and his friend in the comics. Since they will go the extra mile to complete the job, this may even portend that they will seek treatment to become super-soldiers themselves.
Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl. A new episode premieres every Friday on Disney +.
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