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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Just Revealed Bucky's Replacement From The Comics

Contains spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2.

Episode 2 of Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finally introduces us to the new Captain America, John Walker (Wyatt Russell). The newly-minted great (yet not quite super) soldier is obviously daunted by the sheer weight of his shield's legacy, and it doesn't exactly help that Bucky (Sebastian Stan) pretty much hates his guts, and even the more level-headed Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) finds it difficult to deal with his existence. 

Fortunately, Walker isn't alone in his high-profile mission to keep Captain America's legacy alive, as he's accompanied by his old friend, Lemar Hoskins (Clé Bennett). Now, it turns out that Hoskins is actually more than just backup, seeing as he's essentially the new Captain America's partner — a fact that doesn't sit particularly well with Bucky. Turns out, Mr. Barnes' animosity is fairly understandable, seeing as when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduces us to Hoskins, it effectively introduces Bucky's replacement from the comics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Lemar "Battlestar" Hoskins has a long history as Captain America's sidekick

Lemar Hoskins spends quite a while dancing around his code name in the episode, but when he finally introduces himself as Battlestar, it's clear who we're talking about. The comic book version of the character is an old friend of John Walker, and the pair receive superpowers from a person known as the Power Broker. Hoskins started his super career as a fake antagonist to Walker's first super identity, the opportunistic Super-Patriot. When Walker eventually became the new Captain America, Hoskins joined him and took the mantle of ... Bucky. 

Though Falcon and the Winter Soldier has Hoskins operating under his later call sign and without superpowers, it's perfectly understandable that the Winter Soldier might have just the tiniest bit of a problem with the guy. After all, the show's version of Battlestar is still essentially Captain America's best buddy, which can't possibly sit well with the guy who was the first to hold that particular position. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is streaming now on Disney+.