The post-credits scene of episode 5 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, available on Disney +, teases an important change for John Walker, deprived of the title of Captain America. Be careful, spoilers.
Be careful, spoilers. You are advised to have seen all five episodes of Falcon and the Winter Soldier available on Disney + before continuing to read this article.
Like WandaVision, Marvel Studios have chosen to integrate post-generic scenes in the last episodes of their series on Disney +. In Episode 5 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the post-credits scene shows a John Walker (Wyatt Russell) determined to get revenge.
Deprived of the title of Captain America and fired by the government, John Walker creates a new shield with the same logo as that of Steve Rogers by adding his little personal touch: one of his soldier’s medals which is his pride.
Convinced of being worthy of bearing the name of Captain America, John Walker does like Steve Rogers and turns away from the US government but for different and more selfish reasons. His temperament and lack of self-control made him commit an irreparable act in episode 4 by tarnishing the symbolism of the shield.
The shield he makes for himself in the post-credits scene of the penultimate episode is probably not in vibranium and will therefore be less efficient than Steve’s. But John Walker is still a formidable opponent given that he ingested serum and is now a Super Soldier.
John Walker as US Agent?
The character of John Walker takes a whole new turn as he is built in revenge, evidenced by his discussion with the family of his late teammate Lemar Hoskins. His gaze shows that he is not done with the Flag Smashers and that he intends to destroy them no matter if Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) get in his way.
If he still believes himself in Captain America, as indicated by the acronym and the colors he chooses for his new shield, John Walker is destined to become the US Agent as in the comics, with a few nuances like the Malcolm Spellman, the show’s writing director, explained to Entertainment Weekly :
“What the character in the comics represents is extremely relevant. We strayed a bit from the books, so we added very, very different dimensions, especially once Wyatt got involved and started to really inhabit the character. But in mind, all you have to do is read the Marvel comics and then imagine we haven’t done half of what’s in the books.
John Walker should therefore be destined to be another version of the US Agent. To complete his plan of revenge or after, he will surely make an alliance with Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). She introduces herself to John Walker after being fired by the US government.
It is not yet known which side Valentina is on but whether she is on the side of SHIELD, HYDRA or Leviathan, a Soviet terrorist organization, she intends to use John Walker’s abilities to her advantage. The final episode should give us the answer to this question and tell us if John Walker will be the US Agent, like in the comics or in a brand new version.