Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 4 recap: New Captain America gets extreme

Sam Wilson, Lemar Hoskins, John Walker and Bucky Barnes are sorta allies.

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After a trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s wretched hive of scum and villainy last week, episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — entitled The Whole World Is Watching — landed on Disney Plus Friday. The show takes place six months after Avengers: Endgame, as the world tries to handle the unexpected return of billions of people.

Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and questionable ally Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) are on the hunt for the Super Soldier Serum-empowered antinationalist Flag Smashers. However, Bucky discovers they’re being followed by Wakandan special forces member Ayo (Florence Kasumba), who’s tracking Zemo — the man who killed her country’s king.

Elsewhere, new Captain America John Walker (Wyatt Russell) realizes that tailing Sam and Bucky is his best bet for reaching the Flag Smashers and their leader, the ruthless Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman).

Let’s track some SPOILERS.

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John Walker with bloodied shield in Falcon and Winter Soldier

This might be a problem.

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Blood on the shield

The episode ends with Walker, newly empowered after sneakily taking the last of the Super Soldier Serum, flying into a rage after Karli accidentally kills his partner Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett), aka Battlestar, with a single superpowered punch to the chest.

Karli manages to slip into the crowd, but Walker runs down her fellow Flag Smasher on the street and publicly kills him with Cap’s shield. As you’d expect, most of the crowd record this dark moment and the image of the bloodied shield is broadcast to the world. Uh oh. 

The image of Walker slamming his shield into someone’s chest harks back to Captain America: Civil War, in which Steve Rogers does the same to Iron Man to disable his armor. The difference is that Steve stopped when his foe was beaten, while Walker gave in to his bloodlust.

This article will be updated shortly.

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