MCU fans have suddenly become interested in an obscure Marvel character, George Washington Bridge, aka G.W. Bridge. That’s in part due to a recent rumor involving the cast of Captain America: Brave New World and an official confirmation regarding the franchise.

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But first, let’s get acquainted with Mr. Bridge.

G.W. Bridge first appeared in X-Force #1 in August 1991, created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. He is a former mercenary who later became a high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division that has played a significant role in the MCU.

In the comic books, Bridge served in the Vietnam War at the young age of seventeen before using his military skills to become a highly skilled mercenary. He was part of a group called the Wild Pack, later renamed Six Pack, led by Cable, a character MCU fans might recognize from Deadpool 2. So, as far as brainstorming his roots in the MCU goes, since Deadpool & Wolverine is bringing the Merc with a Mouth into the MCU, Bridge could be connected to the mutants.

Bridge has been involved in various storylines throughout his comic book history, often intersecting with Mutant-related plots. He’s had a complex relationship with Cable, at times working alongside him and at others opposing him. This dynamic could provide rich material for storytelling in the MCU, especially as the franchise begins to incorporate more Mutant characters following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. 

Furthermore, while G.W. Bridge may not have superhuman powers, his skills in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, and strategy make him a formidable character. As a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, he has access to advanced technology and classified information, which could position him as a key player in the MCU’s evolving narrative. But who could bring the gritty soldier to life?

According to rumors, the honor belongs to the exceptional Giancarlo Esposito who has been a hot favorite of Marvel fans for a number of yet-to-be-adapted characters.

G.W. Bridge has become so popular overnight because the X account MyTimeToShine, an infamous Marvel scooper, revealed him to be Esposito’s character in the upcoming Captain America sequel. While it is worth taking this information with a grain of salt (as there’s no official confirmation of Esposito’s MCU character), MyTimeToShine has been a reasonably reliable source of accurate leaks. Plus, the set image featuring Esposito in costume on the set of Brave New World perfectly fits the image of Bridge in the comic books.

In May 2024, Esposito confirmed he would join the MCU, though he remained tight-lipped about the specifics of his character. The actor, who has often been fan-cast as Charles Xavier, teased that his role would be “better than you can imagine” and different from what fans might expect. But there is also the matter of a report from Hollywood Reporter that placed the actor in the upcoming Captain America film but as a villain…. which Bridge is not.

But again, the MCU has been quite successful in turning mostly unknown characters into pop culture icons – just look at the Guardians of the Galaxy. So, whatever they have in store for Esposito, we can be certain it will be good.

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