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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets a new title at the close of the first series

No prizes for guessing what it is…

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

After six episodes of shield-tossing and supervillain dance parties, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has concluded its first series on Disney Plus – and based on what went down in the final episode, it seems like it’s also the last.

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Now, we’re not saying there’s no chance that we’ll see Sam and Bucky (Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan) on the small screen again – in fact, that chance seems pretty high. But specifically, it seems we’re unlikely to get The Falcon and the Winter Soldier season two, with the final moments of episode six instead offering a new title for the Marvel series.

Given the events of the finale, it’s not exactly a surprise. Over the course of the episode Sam finally takes on the mantle passed down to him by Steve Rogers, donning his Captain America suit – and the iconic shield – to take down the Flag-Smashers. Specifically identifying himself as “Captain America”, Sam is taking on the role full-time – and so it makes sense that the series he stars in notes the change as well.

As the episode closes, the usual “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” credit is replaced by “Captain America and the Winter Soldier,” suggesting that going forward the series will shift to that new title.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Captain America and the Winter Soldier endscreen, as seen in the season finale (Marvel)

Frankly, we’re all for it – it’s snappier, and any title with two “the”-s in it seems a little unwieldy – and could also explain why Marvel has been so coy about there being a second series of this particular adventure.

If there are more episodes, it seems likely that this new title – and focus – will stick, so maybe it’s right that we should think of it less as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier season two, and more like Captain America and the Winter Soldier season one. Even if that is going to be monstrously confusing for everybody.

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