John Walker’s reaction to Battlestar’s death in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier confirms why Steve Rogers was the perfect Captain America.
Battlestar’s death in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier confirms why Steve Rogers was the perfect Captain America. Avengers Endgame It was the conclusion of Steve Rogers’ journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it paved the way for the title of Captain America to endure. Sam Wilson received the shield, indicating that he would be the next man to assume the mantle. However, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier saw the United States government cede Captain America’s shield and title to John Walker after Sam left him.
The early days of John Walker trying to be the new Captain America have been covered in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The differences between Walker and Rogers become more apparent with each passing episode. The show has repeatedly shown how John operates differently from the original Captain America, and it’s fair to say that he’s struggling to live up to Steve’s legacy. His waning confidence and others who did not respect his authority pushed John to take the last dose of super soldier serum. In addition to boosting his physical attributes, the serum doubled down on his characteristics, including his more violent tendencies that accompany his anger. This reached a boiling point when Battlestar died.
Click the button below to start this article in quick view.
In the immediate aftermath of Battlestar’s death, John Walker’s next actions are an indictment against him as Captain America and also highlight what made Steve Rogers so perfect. John hunted down a member of the Flag-Smashers after Lemar Hoskins was accidentally killed. He killed the Flag-Smasher in an act of revenge and did not hesitate for a second to deliver the final blow. It’s hard to imagine Steve doing something so violent with another human being, even after a tragic loss. This isn’t conjecture either, as the MCU’s Steve Rogers went through a similar tragedy and didn’t resort to John’s tactics.
That John wants revenge on the people who killed his best friend is understandable up to a point, but that’s not Captain America’s way. Steve also lost his best friend when Bucky Barnes died during a mission in WWII. While Bucky eventually survived his fall from a train, Steve didn’t find out until 70 years later. As for Steve, Bucky died during that mission trying to protect him. Rather than go on a rage-filled revenge tour determined to make Red Skull and Hydra pay, Steve stayed pretty level-headed. He mourned the loss of Bucky and tried to get drunk, but Steve never lost sight of who he was.
It all ties in to what Dr. Erskine told Steve the night before the super soldier experiment: “Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will remain who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.” Steve proved time and time again that he is a good man who wanted to help people with the purity of his heart. He wanted to become Captain America to make it possible. John Walker doesn’t seem entirely sure he wants to be Captain America and takes the super soldier serum to lessen the chance of being defeated. While he might have had the right intentions to become Captain America earlier, it doesn’t seem like John is as good as the man it takes to carry the shield.
The reaction to Battlestar’s death is one of many examples in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier So far, that shows that Walker isn’t the right fit to be Captain America. Although Sam might not immediately believe it, he is Steve’s clear successor in terms of what the Captain America mantle represents. Steve’s time with the shield set high expectations for what Captain America should do and what he stands for. John Walker hasn’t lived up to them so far, but Sam Wilson can, which is exactly why Steve’s final act as Captain America was to hand him the shield.
MORE: Making Captain America a Villain Is the Smartest Phase 4 Twist
- Black Widow (2021)Release Date: Jul 09, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: Sep 03, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release Date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release Date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: March 25, 2022
- Thor: love and thunder (2022)Release Date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: Nov 11, 2022
John Walker confirmed he would fail Spider-Man’s hero test
About the Author