John Walker Actor Says Chris Evans’ Shield Was Much Heavier Than His

Wyatt Russell, who plays John Walker on Disney+’s Falcon and The Winter Soldier, says Chris Evans’ Captain America shield is heavier than his. In the new show, Walker is a U.S. soldier who’s recently been selected to adopt the mantle of Captain America after Steve Rogers’ retirement. He was selected for the role because of his accomplishments on the battlefield and his overall physical prowess.

Before stepping down from the role of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Rogers handed to shield to Sam Wilson—codename Falcon—to take on the title. However, in the first episode of Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Wilson relinquished the title before he could even formally accept it, and the U.S. government appointed John Walker to the role. Rogers and Walker have similar builds, but, aside from the fact that Walker hadn’t been given any super soldier serum before assuming the role, they have a lot of differences. In the real world, Russell notes a difference in their props.

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Speaking with Marvel today, Russell said that the shield he used in the show is much lighter than the one Chris Evans used when he played the role. He says:

The shield before this one was apparently heavier. Chris Evans was having to lift a much heavier shield than I did. He worked out all the kinks.

Elsewhere during the Q&A session, one in which fans asked Russell questions through their Twitter accounts, Russell says that the character he plays in the show is the opposite of the way he is in real life. When asked to describe Falcon and The Winter Soldier in three words, he says “exciting, action-packed and human.” Sounds about right.

In terms of the world within the show, Cap and John Walker both worked with the same shield, but as evidenced primarily by episode four, there’s a big difference in their personalities. At the end of Falcon and Winter Soldier that episode, Walker committed a crime that goes against pretty much everything the original Captain America stood for, and in episode five, he’s forced to face the consequences of his actions. Meanwhile, Falcon and Winter Soldier still have to deal with both trying to help Falcon’s family finances and stop Flag-Smashers leader, Karli Morgenthau.

After a fifth episode that ended on a cliffhanger, Falcon and The Winter Soldier has set things up for an epic finale. Morgenthau has played her latest card and Falcon’s ramped up his training while learning one of Steve Rogers’ original moves. He’s also just opened up a special package from the folks in Wakanda. Fans don’t know what’s in the box for sure, but whatever it is, it’s sure to help him out in his final showdown with Morgenthau and her team of super soldiers.

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