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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for season one of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
The finale showed Sam Wilson wearing a red, white, and blue suit that was made by the Wakandans.
The costume is a hybrid of Sam's Falcon suit and Steve Rogers' Captain America outfit.
From the start, the show had been centered on the concept of legacy and who would take on the mantle to become the new Captain America following Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) retirement in 2019's "Avengers: Endgame."
After Sam saw the way John Walker (Wyatt Russell) misused his power as the new government-appointed Cap, he finally came to terms with accepting the title and being confident that he was the right person to carry the shield.
On the penultimate episode of "TFATWS," Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) called in a favor with the Wakandans and asked them to construct a new suit for Sam after John ripped off the Falcon wings during a fight.
The finale showed Sam sporting the new, comic-book-accurate costume that combines the designs of Sam's Falcon suit and Cap's outfit.
The new hybrid suit still includes Sam's large-spanning wings. But now, they have red, white, and blue accents. The outfit also includes a silver star in the middle, plus vertical red and white stripes along the torso. And there's still enough room for Sam to lodge the shield on his back while also still keeping Redwing, his trusty drone.
Sam's wings can also be used as a shield, similar to Wonder Woman's golden armor from "Wonder Woman 1984."
Wakanda, a nation located in Africa, is behind some of the most iconic pieces of tech in the MCU - so it was fitting that Sam's new costume was developed by them.
Wakanda's history in the MCU also dates back to the original Captain America shield, which was constructed from the nation's nearly invincible metal known as vibranium. 2018's "Black Panther" showed off even more of Wakanda's innovations, like T'Challa's revolutionary Black Panther suit that was made by his tech-wiz sister Shuri and can absorb kinetic energy.
The Wakandans also gifted Bucky with a new arm, which he's been using since the big battle that took place in "Avengers: Infinity War."
Sam's latest suit has been a long time coming for the character, who was first introduced in 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Since then, he's proven to be a trustworthy right-hand man to Steve Rogers and a powerful Avenger.
"TFATWS" has shown that he doesn't need a super-soldier serum in order to be worthy of the Captain America title. He's skilled in aerial combat and has exercised correct judgment under pressure, even trying to appeal to the humanity of Flag Smasher leader Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman).
Sam as the new Cap also paves the way for Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) to become the new Falcon, just as he does in the comics. Joaquin has proven to be reliable and resourceful throughout "TFATWS."
It's unclear where Sam will pop up next in the MCU following the season one finale of "TFATWS."
The series hasn't been confirmed to return for a second season yet and Mackie told Variety that there weren't discussions about that. Stan shared similar comments with Collider, saying: "As per usual, I don't quite know what the next step is."
Stan also said that he open to returning in the MCU in any capacity.
During a press conference, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said "there's certainly ideas" for a potential second.
More recently, producer Nate Moore told IndieWire: "We've definitely kicked around ideas because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go."
"Hopefully at the end of this season, you will see the potential for what we could tell in a subsequent season," he said.
Read the original article on Insider