The fourth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, "The Whole World Is Watching," was an exciting ride that ended with a shocking twist. Warning: Spoilers Ahead! After Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) accidentally kills Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar (Clé Bennett) in a fight, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) takes some drastic measures that have shocked Marvel fans. After secretly taking the super-soldier serum, Walker chases after Flag Smashers, but he's unable to find Karli. The new Captain America takes his anger out on another member of Karli's group, using the famous shield as his murder weapon. Naturally, fans are growing to hate Walker even more, but they're also loving Russell's performance.
Russell is very aware of the hate his character is getting, in fact, he doesn't mind it. "It would be an honor, I guess, to be disliked in the Marvel universe," Russell previously told USA Today. "I don't think there's really been many MCU characters who've had quite the dilemma he's had in terms of trying to fit into this sort of moralistic superhero world," Russell explained. "He's been thrust into this role as Captain America and he's going to do it his way, and he wants to do it right. But his way is a very specific way that he has learned through being basically a trained human hunter. I mean, that's what Marines are. They're not Steve Rogers, they're not the same. They're not like Boy Scouts anymore. They're a little bit more gnarly."
You can check out some of the reactions to that big John Walker moment below...
words that john walker will never understand pic.twitter.com/Iq8YWEzKaj— pau | tfatws (@wintersholland) April 9, 2021
#TheFalconAndWinterSoldier spoilers— orlane ⍟ (@wxntersbarnes) April 9, 2021
i honestly love what they’re doing here. it shows that symbols are a reflection of who’s carrying them. with these two captain americas, the shield has different meaning. john walker is everything that steve rogers didn’t want to be. pic.twitter.com/vP8gptcEJc
Wyatt Russell > John Walker
Spoilers #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier— rxchel (@moonjellic) April 9, 2021
Yes we hate john walker but lets appreciate wyatt russell for portraying walker very well. He's a good actor and it shows. We hate his character even more now pic.twitter.com/N28onLyuTY
Does Twitter Exist in the MCU?!
TW: BLOOD, TFATWS SPOILERS #FalconAndWinterSoldier #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier #TheFalconAndWinterSoldier— leann || tfatws spoilers !! (@moonchildloki) April 9, 2021
the citizens really said "john walker's true colors, caught in 4k" pic.twitter.com/tGzqMImNlF
Team Sam Forever
The whole point of John Walker is that his actions are the opposite of the Captain America ideology and it will come to the point where it’s indefensible. Flaws in a character make them so much more compelling. It was always meant to reinforce why Sam should have the shield pic.twitter.com/yzzWqwm1iZ— Aniq ⎊ (@aniqrahman) April 9, 2021
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Hurts to Watch
john walker really turned steve’s symbol of protection into a weapon pic.twitter.com/UwowfUO39V— ً elle ?! (@enbyrogers) April 9, 2021
We Love a Crossover Memeprevnext
we need to discuss how good Wyatt Russell's performance as John Walker is. I haven't seen a character this hated in a long time, and it all comes down to how good his performance is. So damn good. pic.twitter.com/IiVpoqvAEw— Fraser (@JediNabber) April 9, 2021