The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner, Malcolm Spellman, confirmed that a storyline was lost in development. Marvel Studios’ latest hit show on Disney+ revolves around Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan and Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie.
The Falcon aka Sam is seen struggling to take up the role of Captain America which Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, passed onto him. He decided to put the Shield in the museum, however, the government anointing John Walker as Captain America complicated things. Along with this, there was the anti-nationalist super soldiers’ group, Flag Smashers led by Karli Morgenthau, played by Erin Kellyman.
According to this group, the world was a better place during the Blip or when Thanos wiped out half the population of the universe. Sam puts it in episode 4, for five years, “it wasn’t just one community coming together. It was the entire world coming together.”
After the events of Avengers: Endgame and the return of all the people who were blipped, the Global Repatriation Committee (GRC) sought to restore traditional border regulations and fast-track the return to normalcy. This led to the united world falling apart or becoming divided again.
The actions of the Flag Smashers increased concern as they blew up buildings killing innocent people to send a message. But the “how” of the Flag Smashers has still remained vague. Including this and other things, there are rumors that a virus storyline was removed from the show after the COVID-19 pandemic halted production.
“I’ve been told to stop saying that [referring to the ‘lost’ storyline].
During a recent interview, Malcolm admitted that there was a storyline that was cut but denied it being pandemic-related. He has been told to stop talking about it but he hopes it will someday be used in a comic book. The showrunner said, “I’ve been told to stop saying that [referring to the ‘lost’ storyline]. I loved it, and it had nothing to do with the pandemic…I want to see if we can get some of the writers to do a book run on it because I think Kevin [Feige] does it. I’ve been told to stop talking about it.”
The Flag Smashers have been criticized to be the weakest aspect of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This is why many fans believe that there was more to them than it was shown. The group was introduced in the second episode as they were stealing medicine/ vaccines. On top of this Donya Madani dies of tuberculosis at a GRC facility. It would not have been a total surprise if the group originally intended to bring out a bioweapon.
But it can be assumed that it would have been cut for sensitivity reasons. The showrunner has officially debunked that theory. Another aspect of the Disney+ series is the discarded super-soldier, Isaiah Bradley. His past might include a fight with Bucky which is already referenced in the show.
We saw the series setting up the fourth movie of Captain America and the introduction to a Young Avenger. Comic book fans will recognize Isaiah’s grandson, Eli as Young Avengers’ Patriot. If we will see more of Eli, we will also get to see more of Isaiah. This can be one of the reasons why Marvel does not want Malcolm to talk about it.
Hence, the lost storyline could be anything, from where Steve actually is to Bucky’s seemingly abandoned love interest.