Having aired its season finale on April 23, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is one of the The series, which is streaming on Disney+, has left many Marvel fans speculating what will happen next.
One the biggest questions regarding The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the future of Bucky Barnes, who is played by Sebastian Stan. At the end of the season finale, a title card read “Captain America and the Winter Soldier,” which let viewers know that Anthony Mackie would be stepping into the role of Captain America.
According to series creator Malcolm Spellman, however, the title card shown in an unused clip would have told viewers what was in store for Bucky Barnes.
Indeed, the final title card for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was almost completely different
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Spellman talked about the unseen title card during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. According to Spellman, the card was meant to reveal Bucky Barnes’ transition to White Wolf.
“I got to see that name [White Wolf] when I was watching one of the cuts, and man, it really touched me emotionally. The reason [the final title card]is still called The Winter Soldier is solely because Marvel felt they had to keep something from the original title to keep that feeling. I don’t think it has anything to do with where Bucky is going or how Bucky has evolved as a character. I think they felt that if they strayed too far from the original title, you wouldn’t feel the impact of those words. But I’m just speculating here.”
He wouldn’t want people to read too deeply into the series’ final title.
In a separate interview with ComicBook.com, Spellman expressed his desire that viewers not read too deeply into the title card they’ve seen.
“I hope people will forget about that end title card as an indicator of a commitment from Marvel,” Spellman said. “I think he slayed that dragon, personally, and I don’t think I’m going to get in trouble for it. So when Bucky enters the series, he’s never wavered on his conviction, which is, ‘I remember all the murders, which means part of me was there, which means part of the Winter Soldier is me.’ And if even part of the Winter Soldier is you, you’re a terrible person. You know what I mean?”
Later in the interview, Spellman noted that Bucky Barnes’ complex journey shows that his identity cannot be defined by something as simple as a nickname.
“That was Bucky’s identity when he came here, laden with trauma, in addition to not feeling like a citizen of any era,” Spellman explained. “We’ve taken him on this journey of trying to find ways to redeem himself and learn that revenge is not the same as redemption. It’s not the same as some kind of redemption or whatever, right?”