This increasing militarization is part of why Kallos, the New York councilmember, wants to “avoid investing in an ever escalating arms race when these dollars could be better spent” elsewhere.
Lin, the Cal Poly professor, worries that many police officers do not live in the communities they patrol, and remote policing could worsen an “us-versus-them” divide. The Digidog would not be banned under Kallos' bill, but Lin says military drones offer a cautionary tale. They too began strictly as reconnaissance devices before being weaponized.
“It’s hard to see a reason why this wouldn’t happen with police drones, given the trend toward greater militarization,” Lin says.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier returns viewers to the MCU post-Blip, and demonstrates that the world after Avengers: Endgame has some significant problems - problems which could lead to all-out anarchy. A scene where Sam Wilson is attempting to help his sister acquire a loan mentions that the concept of a credit history isn't designed to accommodate a five-year absence from existence. Although this would be bad enough by itself, it's safe to assume that if commercial banking can't make the arrangements that would allow it to survive the changes that have wracked the world, other systems might similarly lack that kind of flexibility.
Spider-Man: Far From Home mentioned the problem of housing in passing, with Aunt May running charitable events to help with the housing crisis once the world suddenly regained billions of people. It might be a good thing that the MCU skipped 2020, but problems like employment facing the world are still fairly desperate - those businesses that survived would have hired additional staff to replace their losses after five years. New businesses could and likely would spring up, but without the ability to secure loans, they would have difficulty competing. Personal property would have passed along through inheritance, or been sold or junked.
The Blip may also explain the appearance of familiar faces in new projects as well. While the MCU doesn't have a huge history of imprisoning villains, with most lead villains failing to survive their film debuts, prison sentences would likely be appealed en masse, with prisoners making the reasonable argument that five years have passed without their involvement in society. Whether this grievance was treated as legitimate or not, the courts would be packed for years. This may explain Vulture's role in Morbius; whatever could be proved about his actions might not have more than a five-year sentence, or his case might not yet have gone to trial.
Although the Sokovia Accords don't guarantee a right to trial for "enhanced individuals" using alien technology, and they can be held indefinitely, there's the very real possibility that individual nations would wish to apply civil rights within their borders. If this is the case, supervillains who did end up imprisoned but who had not yet enjoyed a trial might need to be released on the basis of being imprisoned for five years without due process. Certainly, non-supervillain prisoners would be entitled to appeal for having served their time, and while the appeal could pass or fail, it would be a protracted case, with no real precedent. Vulture might not be subjected to the Sokovia Accords since he doesn't have superpowers, only operates a flight suit similar to Falcon's.
Depending on the populations affected by the Blip, other legal issues for imprisonment might have arisen - selected at random, it's entirely possible that prisoners remained but prison staff vanished, or other logistical issues pertaining to the penal system. While the MCU's treatment of prisoners with potential super-abilities is definitely harsh, their imprisonment was not intended to be a death sentence. Adding in that it would be difficult to distinguish between prisoners that had been snapped out of existence from prisoners that had taken advantage of the chaos to escape, and it's not hard to see why the remaining Avengers were working hard to keep up in Avengers: Endgame.
Reclaiming Inherited Property Could Put People In Desperate Situations
The charity that Aunt May was heading in Far From Home was intended to provide shelter and housing for the displaced - domestic strife accompanying global political shifts and allies becoming enemies. With massive international chaos, governments may have had a great deal more difficulty taking on the housing issue, requiring this kind of charitable intervention. It's far from the only problem of inheritance though; even if those who received goods as part of an inheritance from vanished family members or benefactors wanted to return them, those resources might not still exist. With the questions of criminal jurisprudence tying up courts, this kind of legal debacle would only add fuel to the flames.
Displaced and disaffected Blip-returnees might find themselves not a little disillusioned by their government's failure to act on their behalf, which could give rise to support for groups like the Flag Smashers. National affairs could also hinge on the vanished - Wakanda's seat of power clearly went to Shuri, and while she might be willing to return it, power-struggles could give rise to internal wars. Iceland in the real world only has a little under 360,000 residents - entire nations of a similar size could have lost most or even all of their populations, which would make it next to impossible to repatriate lost goods if other nations took over the leaderless areas.
Jobs Once Held Would Now Be Gone
While Sam Wilson's sister has maintained their family business during the Blip, it's reasonable that a great many businesses would have gone under entirely. Those that did not - whether through luck, business acumen, or simply being large enough that their workforce was not entirely destroyed by the Blip - would have hired new workers in the interim. Some jobs might have become entirely obsolete, as five years of adjustment and upgrades might have rendered them unnecessary. The creation of new jobs would be a priority for almost any nation, but this would take time which the displaced would reasonably resent. Rallying to the Flag Smashers and their super soldier leader could be a reaction taken by those who feel left behind in their five year absence.
Reasonably employing even a significant percentage of the returned people would be a tremendous task. New businesses would take money to establish, for which loans are not available - even for superheroes like the Falcon. Some industries like construction might experience a boom - new buildings being needed, or old buildings being repaired up to a standard of habitability. Other industries would likely lag behind; entertainment and hospitality, chief among equals, would require a disposable income among the majority of its patrons. This would still be available to those that had survived the Blip, but likely beyond the reach of the returned.
These are only a few of the issues that a post-Blip world would encounter, but they're significant ones. Whatever positives the Blip might have had for the MCU, and whatever the Flag-Smashers might hope to see returned on the geopolitical landscape, the personal human cost would be high. Without significant intervention on a level that superheroes alone simply are not capable of providing, the world will likely slip into chaos, which helps to explain the focus on symbols like a new Captain America. Because of the scale of the problem, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn't likely to touch on all of these issues, but they've already shown, they're willing to at least address some of them.
The introduction of Walker could have significant ramifications for both Sam and Bucky in the series, shaking up the faith of both men who have essentially - for now, at least - turned their backs on carrying on the legacy of their friend, Steve Rogers. It could also have a larger impact on the future of the MCU as a whole if Marvel plans for him to stick around past Falcon & Winter Soldier, especially if they stick with his personality and story arc from the comics. Here's all you need to know about John Walker and why Marvel chose to embrace this Captain America twist.
Falcon & The Winter Soldier's New Captain America Explained
The Falcon & the Winter Soldier set up the John Walker introduction in a rather surprising way. What's more, it's in a way that disrespected Sam Wilson. Earlier in the premiere episode, Sam had come to the decision he wouldn't take up Captain America's shield. At the end of Endgame, Old Steve Rogers asked him, "How does it feel?" "Like it's someone else's," responded Sam. Six months after the Avengers defeated Thanos, Sam still feels that way, but he clarifies in the premiere episode that it's not just that he feels as though the shield doesn't belong to him, but that it doesn't belong to anyone if it's not Steve Rogers. To him, the shield and the man are the same. It was something he felt so strongly about that he turned the shield over to the U.S. government in order for it to be put under glass and displayed with the memorial for Steve, with the government official telling him he was doing the right thing by turning it in.
It's why it was such a betrayal when later, that same government official introduced the new "Captain America," using some of Sam's own reasoning in his introduction. Though the new shield-bearer simply appeared and waved to the crowd and no more, the perversion of Sam's logic to justify handing Steve's shield to someone else is a negative first impression. If John Walker's story is anything like the comics, he will be a very different kind of Captain America, indeed.
Who Is The New Captain America? John Walker Explained
US Agent with his version of the shield.
Created by Mark Gruenwald, John Walker first appeared in November 1986 in Captain America #323 as the villain Super-Patriot. Gruenwald originally created Walker because he wanted a foil for Steve Rogers, a character that would show the other side of the coin – that patriotism can curdle into zealotry and become nothing but jingoistic nationalism. Though John Walker was retired as a villain and later reintroduced as the new Captain America upon Steve Rogers' retirement, similar to the MCU version, those same elements of him sometimes being in opposition to Steve Rogers' old-fashioned ideas carried through Walker's reimagining as the new Cap.
Falcon & Winter Soldier: How US Agent Became Captain America In The Comics
John Walker was born in the fictional town of Custer's Grove, Georgia, and grew up idolizing his brother, Mike, who died in the Vietnam War. After following in his brother's footsteps and serving in the U.S. Army, a friend told Walker about the Power Broker, a mysterious individual who had the power to grant superhuman abilities. After tracking down the Power Broker, Walker received treatments similar to Steve Rogers' Super-Soldier serum that granted Walker superhuman abilities. Now in debt to the Power Broker, Walker then becomes the corporate-sponsored Super-Patriot, traveling around the country and holding rallies where he publicly denounced Captain America as being too old and too old-fashioned to be a suitable symbol of modern America and referring to himself as "America's future." Super-Patriot and Captain America eventually clash, ending in a draw, but Walker soon creates his own buzz when he defeats a terrorist named Warhead who was threatening to detonate a nuclear bomb atop the Washington Monument.
Shortly after that, a somewhat disillusioned Steve Rogers decides to turn in the shield and walk away from being Captain America, feeling the job had now become too political and tied to too many competing agendas. Government watchdog group the Commission on Superhuman Activities debated among themselves over who should be the next Captain America, with Nick Fury and Bucky Barnes being names kicked around before they ultimately settled on Walker. Though reluctant to take up the mantle of the very hero he had spent so much time criticizing, Walker ultimately agreed.
Throughout his relatively brief time as Captain America, Walker struggled in the role and it wasn't an easy fit. He was more brutal, angrier, and had less emotional control than his predecessor. Where Steve Rogers was always a cool head, Walker was more reactionary. Where Steve Rogers had always used his superhuman strength mostly to subdue and capture his adversaries in order to bring them to justice, Walker had a hard time controlling his temper and ended up inadvertently badly injuring opponents, even beating one to death, as well as murdering a number of Watchdogs after they killed his parents.
Why The U.S. Government Is Replacing Steve Rogers With Walker
US Agent Captain america the first avenger
When Walker is introduced as the new Captain America, the government official explains it by saying, "We need someone to inspire us again." The world is completely upside-down after the Blip, and it's arguably a more dangerous time than even the five years between Thanos snapping half the universe out of existence and Hulk's reverse snap bringing them back. Political alliances are fractured, and global peace has frayed with various rogue groups, agencies, and nations all vying to fill the power vacuum. The government wants a new Captain America to once again be a symbol of hope to Americans and a beacon of freedom and steadiness to the rest of the world.
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