The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's premiere episode raised a pretty good argument that previous Marvel Cinematic Universe projects have all failed to dive into and it has something to do with the actual income of the Avengers. In "New World Order", it was revealed that Sam Wilson and his sister Sarah are applying for a loan to help keep their family business afloat. Shockingly enough, they were denied by the bank citing that there's an issue with Sam's salary.
The scene sparked a huge debate within the Marvel fandom and a lot of people even blamed and tried to "cancel" the already deceased Tony Stark for not taking care of his colleagues' respective salaries. It's also a shocking revelation considering the general belief amongst fans is that a spot in the Earth's Mightiest Heroes almost guarantees someone more than just fame and glory.
Speaking of "shocking", the show's creator Malcolm Spellman reveals that the folks over at Marvel Studios, including Kevin Feige himself, were triggered after seeing the specific scene. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Spellman explains: "It's funny because that scene, and that moment, ended up triggering everybody at Marvel. We were getting calls from Kevin Feige, Lou D'Esposito, from Victoria Alonso, from Nate Moore, like everyone at Marvel wanted input there. Whatever it is about it, it has resonated with the people that have been interviewing with us, it resonated with everyone working there. So I think the reason you keyed in on it is you got to see a moment where a superhero is truly a regular person, and hopefully, we answered the question to some degree, that it ain't easy being superheroes. A lot of superheroes are broke, especially now that Tony Stark is gone."
He added: "Because we had more time, you get to spend time in a scene like that, in a bank scene, where you're dealing with someone being famous but maybe being broke and how do you make your money as a hero? It's a blast. I mean, Anthony and Sebastian are both able to play with a given moment in a way that's electric, so half of what you're doing is creating moments for them to just do what they do."
When you think about it, this matter should've been addressed a long time ago but the thing is, no one really thought about it which is why it's great that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was able to touch that topic and give fans some clarity and an inside look at how the Avengers truly operate not only as a unit but as individuals. And hey, now that the subject has been opened, Marvel is left without a choice but to deal with it.
The latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+.