The end of the movie, Avengers: Endgame had surprised a lot of the fans, not because Captain America had survived the movie, but because he had retired and was seen passing on his shield to Sam Wilson. It was surely a very emotional scene which might have raised a lot of questions. One big question was ‘why would Cap choose Falcon over Bucky Barnes?’
According to the writers of the movie, there is a quality that Falcon has that Bucky does because he has the risk of being mind-controlled.
“It’s pretty hard to give it to Bucky,” Christopher Markus had said. “As much as we love him, he is on the dark path and is recovering from that. Sam really is a truly stand up guy. It wasn’t a wildly difficult choice, certainly. I think Bucky has a lot more story as Bucky and as someone headed on a path of atonement. And Sam has ascended into this new role.”
McFeely had then echoed this sentiment and said that it had been the story arc to dive into with Falcon & The Winter Soldier coming on Disney+.
“That’s the thing that gets me the most is that it’s much better for both of their stories this way,” McFeely had said.
“Certainly Bucky getting the shield would provide lots of story. I don’t know if it gives Sam much story. And again, there’s a streaming show coming, right? And I don’t know what they’re doing but Sam having the mantle of Captain America, how he feels about that, and Bucky working or having some kind of relationship with Hydra, I think that’s pretty rich.”
“Again, particularly as Bucky has to confront the mind control past. Captain America has always represented the best of the idea of America, you know? And giving it to an African-American guy… it’s great. Not patting ourselves on the back, I’m just saying that’s pointing toward a better America.”
McFeely then pointed out that he is unaware of what Marvel Studios has in store for the Disney+ show.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theatres and will be followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2nd.