From its first episode to its smashing finale, the one thing that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier continued to tease was ‘Where is Steve Rogers, the original Captain America?’ But even though Steve is mentioned a lot during the six episodes of the series, nothing is explicitly said about his whereabouts after he handed off his shield to Sam at the end of Avengers: Endgame. But did the series showrunner, Malcolm Spellman know anything about his fate?
In a recent chat with Inverse, Spellman gave some pretty bad news- we are not the only ones who have been kept in the dark when it comes to Steve Rogers’ fate as the team of writers for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has no idea either.
“I’ve got to tell you the truth, my friend. Marvel won’t tell me what happened to Steve, so we were able to write whatever we wanted because we don’t know. We’re wondering if Steve’s on the moon too, you know what I’m saying? That’s as good a guess as anything because they won’t tell me,” shared Spellman. This is a classic Marvel Studios move as they are keeping the secret of Steve’s whereabouts in tight wraps. But it does confirm one thing- that the secret is big enough to be hidden, which makes us more eager than ever to know it!
And that’s not the only thing the Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner has no idea about. Even though Spellman is reportedly busy writing a fourth Captain America film for Marvel, there are moments in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier that he had no idea about, like the final moments in the show when the series’ title changed to Captain America and the Winter Soldier.
“I’ll be honest: I discovered that title change when I was watching a cut of the episode, and it wrecked me. I haven’t spoken to Marvel about whether they considered changing Bucky’s name too, but my gut tells me the reason it still says “and the Winter Soldier” is simply because they wanted to play with the poetry of a title you’ve been hearing. If they had changed too much it maybe wouldn’t have felt the same, but I truly don’t know what discussion went into it. I just know it landed heavy with me,” he explained.
The fact that the location used for Isaiah Bradley’s house in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was only a block away from Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace was also unknown to Spellman.
“I did not know that. So. There you go. Wow. You’d have to ask Kari [Skogland, the director of the show] if that was deliberate or not. That’s the great thing about having a filmmaker like Kari is she’s going to want to milk every single moment she can. I don’t know what decision was on that house though,” he added.
But what he does know is that Bucky and Sam are here to stay as a permanent team in the MCU. As shared by Spellman and seen in the finale of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Bucky is like Sam’s family now.
“I can imagine Sam comes home to Louisiana on occasion and finds Bucky eating at the table and who knows, you know what I’m saying? I mean, him and Sarah (Adepero Oduye) had a little, you know, little flirtation going on,” he shared.
All episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are currently streaming on Disney+