The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is done (for now anyway) at Disney+ and, while Marvel fans don't have quite the number of questions they did at the end of WandaVision, there were some who questioned where the series ended up. One major question for some was how John Walker went from disavowed Captain America to semi-hero all in the course of an episode, and head writer Malcolm Spellman has an answer.
CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg spoke to Spellman about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale and how the series may have defied some's expectations by not having John Walker go full-villain after he killed a Flag-Smasher in front of the world. Spellman shared the approach he and the rest of the staff took towards the characters in the show and why they went that direction with Walker specifically:
Solid response from Malcolm Spellman, who may have reminded any Marvel fans who forgot who U.S. Agent is. Historically, the character's morals have always been a lot grayer than the likes of Captain America, and that's just a part of who he is. He still has the capacity and wants to be a hero, but he's likely never going to be as squeaky clean as some of the other Marvel heroes who don't kill.
Based on the quote above, it seems that it was intentional on the part of Malcolm Spellman and the writers of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to make viewers feel conflicted about John Walker's actions. The same is true of Baron Zemo and Karli Morgenthau, in that judgment was reserved for the viewer and not the staff.
What's most interesting about what Malcolm Spellman said is about John Walker potentially becoming a hero yet again. Fans have speculated that Walker's true villainous streak will be revealed after his team-up with Contessa Valentina de Fontaine, though we have no real idea what her motives are yet in the MCU. While it is true that Valentina has been known to be a villain, she's also done a lot of noble things. Is it possible audiences misjudged both her and Walker?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently available to binge on Disney+. John Walker's future path in the MCU remains uncertain at this time but, for those wanting to speculate on where it may head, Wyatt Russell's thoughts on the character's future could be worth a read.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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