The question “Who will be the next Captain America?” is still one of the greatest MCU mysteries since Steve Rogers hung up his shield by traveling back in time and staying with Peggy. And while the old Cap chose to pass his shield on to Sam, the question remains: who deserves to be the new Captain America? It’s not John Walker, he’s already shown he doesn’t understand what makes Captain America the selfless hero he was when he bragged about hopping on four grenades and using his specially reinforced helmet to cushion the blast. So that leaves us two choices – Sam or Bucky.
Both Sam and Bucky are featured in the comics Captain AmericaWe agree that the arc of the first in the comics is more in line with what happened in it Avengers: Endgame– he got the shield after Steve Rogers got old, while Bucky got it after the cap was apparently killed. Both earned the shield in the comics, but when it comes to the MCU, the characters have gone through different trajectories and that complicates the question of who more qualifies to be Captain America.
Fight alongside Captain America versus fight in front of him
Although Sam Wilson was also a soldier like Steve, he didn’t become an Avenger to protect the world and save lives. He did it because Cap asked him to … he just followed his idol into battle. While he is certainly a likeable character, is funny and is indeed a ‘good man’ as Steve said, he has rarely been shown as someone who can strategize or make direct decisions when he needs it – he has just watched Cap back in the day.
There’s no denying that Sam shares a bond with Steve, but then again, he’s not really one to resonate with him, unlike Bucky. Sam fought for Steve while Bucky fought alongside him. While it doesn’t really matter, it’s Bucky who we’ve seen swinging or holding in all three Captain America movies. Aside from becoming a villain unlike Cap, he has lived a similar, if not more complicated, life than Steve. He too is a man who has been removed from his timeline and although Steve always had his free will, Bucky fought a hardwired program in his head to fight for the good.
But there’s also the fact that no matter why Sam became an Avenger, he’s still fighting the right fight, even though Steve Rogers is gone, even though his life is problematic enough, and though he’s a hero he can hardly afford it. any extras. Unlike why he became an Avenger, today he is an exceptional hunter, one who makes brilliant plans at the tip of the day. And what’s more, he never hesitates to go after criminals, even if they are much stronger physically than him – it takes some guts to take on a fight where you already know your opponent has all the advantages and still goes Sam in it without hitting an eyelash.
Sam vs Bucky: Who Better Fates Becoming Captain America?
Sam has an identity – he’s already a hero – but Bucky recently shed his title as the ruthless Winter Soldier, i.e., the treatment Shuri gave him in Wakanda at the end of Captain America: Civil War really worked. Free from the brainwashing of the HYDRA, he, like Steve, gets lost in an era he doesn’t belong to.
He needs a sense of purpose in life, a chance to redeem and relieve himself of the guilt he bears for the heinous acts he committed as the Winter Soldier. Many might say he’s too tired of the wars to become Captain America, but maybe he’s just finished fighting on the wrong side of the fight? He is tired of being used as a pawn by others and bearing the title, which comes with a sense of independence and courage, is the best thing that could happen to him at a time when the only person who understood him is not there to support him. him more.
But at the same time, we can’t ignore the fact that Cap chose to pass the shield to Sam, even Bucky himself let him pass on seeing old Steve, knowing full well what was going to happen. Bucky had been Steve’s best friend, well, literally for a century, he is indeed powerful enough to both carry the shield and fulfill Captain America’s duties.
And yet Steve decided that Sam should be the one to get the title. Why? Because, as Sam said, he does what Cap does, only more slowly and that includes having the heart to risk his life for others without allowing his judgment to be clouded by his past trauma. Bucky’s life decisions, even now that he is no longer the Winter Soldier, are still influenced by his past. He’s not currently interested in saving the world, but is in the process of proving that Steve was right by believing in him.
Who is the better choice to wield the shield?
Steve Rogers is known not to become Captain America because he was fit or a good fighter – he’s worthy of the shield because of his good, brave, unselfish heart that doesn’t hesitate for a second to risk his life for others. What makes an ideal candidate to become Captain America is a fighting spirit that never gives up, the zeal to help, and the belief that there is goodness in people. And after Steve, this quality can be found in Sam.
When Sam returned from the Air Force, he was traumatized from his years in the military, yet he spent years working as a VA adviser to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. While it’s true that he returned to fighting for what’s right for Steve, he did it without a single thought of his well-being. And as we said, Steve is no longer there to guide him and yet he still fights, without retreating no matter what the circumstances. Some very strong “I can do this all day” vibes, don’t you think?
But there is also a second side to this argument. It has been said over and over that physical prowess doesn’t matter to become Captain America and yet Steve didn’t become Captain America like the brave Brooklyn weakling – he wielded the shield and protected the nation as an enhanced superhuman. This in itself translates to that while the goodness of a person’s heart comes first, their strength and ability to take on the responsibilities that come with the title “Captain America” are also important.
Nor is it Falcon who has more strength, skill, superhuman abilities or well, a cyborg arm to handle the shield better than Steve Rogers himself. Take away his gimmick of flying and all that’s left is just a normal person.
On the one hand, we have Bucky, an unselfish hero who has already fought for others (in the 1940s, during World War II) and did not need an idol to willingly participate in the war and fight for his country. He has already proven his integrity and the goodness of his heart when he temporarily surpassed HYDRA supreme brainwashing and did the right thing. And even when he had seemingly retired and lived in Wakanda as the ‘White Wolf’, he still returned to fight Thanos. But Steve’s absence and his own past paralyze his potential to do better.
On the other hand, while Sam is indeed following in Steve’s footsteps, he won’t let anything, past or present, stop him from doing the right thing. He has the necessary “can do” attitude and is also someone who works for the people and not for the government.
So now the title for Captain America is up for grabs and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is many episodes away from revealing the answer, who do you think is a better candidate for the shield – Bucky or Sam, both have their merits and flaws. Let us know!
Subjects: Captain America, Falcon and Winter Soldier