The Falcon & the Winter Soldier‘s premiere episode introduced a new Captain America; here’s that twist explained. Though already showcased in the trailers, there’s a new guy who has stepped into the role of Captain America, but it’s not Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and it’s not Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the man to whom Steve Rogers bequeathed Cap’s shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Instead, it’s an entirely new character, one audiences have yet to see introduced in the MCU.

As he was only introduced at the very end of the episode, not much is known about him yet. His name wasn’t even given, only being introduced to the roaring crowd as the new Captain America in a publicity stunt by the U.S. government. However, longtime comic book readers and those who have been paying attention to developments during production know that Wyatt Russell’s character is one from the Marvel comics: John Walker, a.k.a. U.S. Agent, who becomes Captain America.

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The introduction of Walker could have significant ramifications for both Sam and Bucky in the series, shaking up the faith of both men who have essentially – for now, at least – turned their backs on carrying on the legacy of their friend, Steve Rogers. It could also have a larger impact on the future of the MCU as a whole if Marvel plans for him to stick around past Falcon & Winter Soldier, especially if they stick with his personality and story arc from the comics. Here’s all you need to know about John Walker and why Marvel chose to embrace this Captain America twist.

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