Why Is Marvel Keeping Plot Details of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ a Secret?

One flaw in new and upcoming Disney+ Marvel shows is that they’re directly tied in with the MCU and may give away major secrets if talked about too much. This is one reason Marvel hasn’t said much about their upcoming shows to catch everyone off guard.

This certainly worked for Star Wars fans and The Mandalorian. They even offered misleading trailers so it would make viewers assume it was more about Dyn Jarren’s bounty hunting than The Child (Baby Yoda).

For a show like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there may be just as many secrets considering it’s the first Marvel product taking place directly after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

At stake is what role Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) will take in inheriting Captain America’s shield.

The biggest surprise may be Sam won’t be allowed to be the next Captain America

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier cast
Kevin Feige, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

A lot of theorizing is going on about what the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be. Don’t expect anything normal here because most of the Marvel shows are possibly going to explore complex and different territory. Plus, whatever happens there will give away plot points in the Phase Four films, and vice versa.

Screen Rant recently conjectured Sam Wilson may not be allowed to become the new Captain America by decree of the U.S. Government. All Marvel fans know that Cap gave Sam the shield at the end of Endgame because the former felt the latter was the only one capable of taking on the role. What would happen if all of this went awry and Sam has to contend with a (white) competitor?

Of course, that may turn into a larger story considering Sam Wilson is African-American. It also sounds like a condemnation of our government in what they’ve done to African-Americans for years, despite major progress.

A plot point like this is completely speculative at this point, despite rumors Sam would have to compete with John Walker, otherwise known as U.S. Agent.

Is this story being kept under wraps because it’s so controversial?

Disney and Marvel are clearly keeping all of their Disney+ shows under the radar out of fear one reveal will spoil everything. If you can go by this logic, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier might have the biggest secrets if it turns into a larger story about race within the superhero world.

If Black Panther helped look into similar territory (though more a celebration of African culture), Sam Wilson dealing with American racism from our own government would be a major story to unravel. From the perspective of the government, they may not consider it to be a racist move in not accepting Sam as a new Captain America.

They may just feel he needs to earn the shield, which will likely be the focus of the show. Besides, Sam did serve in the U.S. Army, making the nitpicking about Sam being Captain America a bit suspect.

Exploring whether it really is a racist move or not would cover some interesting territory, albeit controversial ones.

Another example of Disney/Marvel/’Star Wars’ exploring larger themes

As seen with the deceptive trailer for The Mandalorian, Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm wants audiences to think they’ll be getting banal shows that just deal with pedestrian action adventures. In reality, there may be some huge, sweeping themes taking everyone by surprise. With The Child (Baby Yoda) taking The Mandalorian into looking at unexpected, wider issues of adoption, power, and mystery, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is an opportunity to do something different as a mirror up to our real America.

Seeing Sam Wilson having to prove himself and perhaps having support from Bucky will create a whole new perspective on how African-Americans built themselves up in America by overcoming barriers. The fact Sam has to do such a thing in the modern day might be painful, yet sadly still relevant with our current governmental system.