In a YouTube video by Wired (via ComicBook.com), the Russo brothers answered fan questions about the film where they gave the reasoning why Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) was granted Cap’s shield instead of Steve Roger’s lifelong best friend.
“The thing we’ve loved exploring about Bucky is [that] he’s got a very complicated history. He has a damaged mind. You don’t want to hand a very powerful weapon to somebody who is vulnerable like that,” Anthony said.
However, Joe has stressed that Sam is just as deserving of the iconic shield as anyone else: “Falcon is an amazing character who is certainly very deserving of the shield.”
Despite the fan divide between who