Falcon and the Winter Soldier just settled a classic Captain America debate

Who can wield the shield?

The rules of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir are simple: you have to be worthy. But what about Captain America’s shield?

Can anyone throw that thing or do you have to be a super soldier like Steve Rogers? The answer may be somewhere in between.

In the first few episodes of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, John Walker (aka, the new “Captain America”) has the shield, but he’s not exactly a pro at using it.

Walker has one move: Toss the shield at a bad guy and immediately catch it again.

Compare that to Steve Rogers, who was bouncing the shield off multiple targets.

Take a closer look at the opening scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The only time Walker can pull something even remotely similar is in a controlled environment with non-moving targets.

Not bad, I guess.

But after John Walker takes the Super Soldier Serum, everything changes...

Check out these moves...

So what does it all mean? Well, it seems like maybe anyone can throw the shield, but only a super soldier can get the best possible use out of it.

That could be bad news for Sam Wilson, who’s clearly going to pick up Cap’s shield pretty soon — without the help of a sci-fi serum.

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