When Is ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Season Finale?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave fans a massive cameo in the penultimate episode of the Disney+ series. They revealed a new potential villain who could have quite the impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But with one episode left, it seems like Marvel has been planting Easter eggs that indicate the story isn’t over. Will there be more huge reveals? When will fans get to watch the season finale?

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ | Marvel Studios

There’s a lot going on in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ credits

Marvel is known for planting a lot of clues in front of fan’s eyes throughout their movies and TV shows. And they haven’t stopped the practice with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. According to ComicBook.com, the secrets to the Disney+ series are in the end credits.

First, fans may have noticed that the titles change each week to alternate which characters receive first billing. But, it goes way deeper than that. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, they’ve made a point of giving every major actor to appear on the series a solo title card during the final credits. Oftentimes, it’s accompanied by a character portrait.

What does the ‘with’ mean?

Since the first appearance of Daniel Brühl as Zemo in episode 2, the credits have ended on “with Daniel Brühl.” The nerdy Marvel fans among us know that the title sequences with “and” and “with” slots in the credits are a big deal.

As with most TV shows, the actor who is mentioned last with the “and” or “with” designation doesn’t mean they are the biggest star in the cast. But it does give them a certain level of respect, and maybe even seniority as a series regular or recurring guest star.

Is ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ adding a big-name star to the credits in the finale?

Fans may have also noticed that during the first two episodes, there was a placeholder card in the credits ready for Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter). But, she didn’t make her first appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier until episode 3.

Some fans feel like Marvel has been holding a space in the final credits for one final big-name star just like they did for VanCamp.

If that’s the case, who exactly will that big-name be? The one name that keeps popping up is Chris Evans. There have been conflicting reports about his return to the MCU.

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But, considering the fact that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is about his two best friends, the return of Steve Rogers’ Captain America in some way does make sense.

There’s also the possibility of an appearance from Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or another cameo from Don Cheadle’s War Machine.

Sam Wilson will be the new Captain America

In episode 5, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) reclaimed Cap’s blood-stained shield from John Walker (Wyatt Russell) after he used it to publicly execute a member of the Flag Smashers (Noah Mills). 

After the United States government stripped Walker of the Captain America title, Sam met with Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), the other disowned Super Soldier. Ultimately, Sam decided to take over the role left to him by the aged and retired Steve Rogers.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ director says that heroes have changed

On her Instagram Stories, director Kari Skogland shared a brief clip from the final moments of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5. She also added a twirling Captain America shield.

Skogland told Entertainment Weekly that they were very deliberate in how they portrayed Sam’s decision to take over the iconic role of Captain America.

“We wanted Sam to engage in both a public and private conversation of what it means for a Black man to pick up such an iconic historically white symbol,” Skogland said.

“By starting off with his acknowledgment of how important it is as a symbol, and that it is connected to a bygone era, Sam opens the door to the idea that what defines a hero today is not the same ideal as it was when Steve first picked up the shield.”

Fans will get to see the story end when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier drops the series finale on Friday, April 23 on Disney+.