Though it remains to be seen whether or not Wilson will become the next Captain America in his and Bucky Barnes' new series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I thought it'd be fun to continue the tradition that I had started with celebrating Chris Evan as Captain America throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I plan on limiting this continuation to the movies, knowing once the show starts I may fall behind keeping up - though time will tell.
Part 1 is dedicated to Captain America and The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Hope you enjoy!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
On Your Left
The Beginning...It only takes one convo to get to the heart of Sam and Steve's friendship. Once Steve is slightly turned off by the defrosting joke, Sam starts to relate to him about the struggles of being a veteran and coming home. Immediately, Steve can see himself in Sam that he doesn't get from anyone else. This scene is also one of the first tells that Steve is pretty terrible at lying – OH YEAH THE INTERNETZ SO GREAAT as you kids say.
Steve keeps his promisesThough Steve mostly visits Sam to talk about the direction of what he's supposed to do moving forward after the cracks in SHIELD start to show, this small moment also shows that he keeps his promises - showing up at the VA to help Sam impress a woman he likes. Steve also takes his cue from Sam when they initially can't bring everybody back in Avengers: Endgame to start his own grief counseling group.
Or a little man purse?
Reading Each Other
"I think they’re both wounded warriors who don’t bleed on other people. Cap has no one to bleed on. I think Mackie knows how to handle people like that. … Sometimes when things are bad, trusting a stranger is the way to go.” - Chris Evans
Putting himself on the lineAs soon as Steve says "how do two of the most wanted people in Washington kidnap a shield officer," Sam throws his resume into the ring. There's something so underrated by the way this line is written and read by Anthony. No doubt Sam reveres Captain America. But them sharing a common thread as soldiers and Steve being a real person and not just a myth, Sam doesn't treat him like the icon that Scott Lang does or the specimen that the guy in the electronics shop does. He addresses him both as Steve and Captain America. Quite impressive.
"You ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?"
"Hell No. The little guy from Brooklyn who was to dumb to run away from a fight. I'm following him." - Captain America: The First Avenger