SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER EPISODE 1
Fresh off the success of WandaVision, Disney + revealed the premiere of their second MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
You could not find two properties more different than WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and that is a great thing. It was expected that F&WS would be more of an action/adventure based series, but, to be honest, Marvel Studios still kind of surprised us. The show started with a great action scene, but then the remainder of the show was a real slow burn that focused on character growth and character development.
Sam Wilson, the Falcon, who had been given the Captain America shield by Steve Rogers himself at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but the series kicked off with Sam giving the shield to a museum, claiming that he did not deserve it, that the shield was not the symbol… the man who holds it was.
We also see Bucky still struggling to get through his life. With a pardon in his hands, he had to attend sessions with a therapist. Bucky continued to have nightmares about the horrible things that he has done in his life. He had made a list of people that he had to make amends with, in one way or another.
We see so much character development in this first 50 minutes than they had received in all of the movies that they have appeared in. We meet Sam’s sister and her children. We discover about their life and their struggles. The show is hinting at a theme of racial troubles. When the government announced the arrival of the new Captain America, a white man, you can see where this show is heading. This is a fascinating look at racism in the MCU.
The episode also introduced the new group of terrorists called the Flagsmashers. While we did not see any signs of Baron Zemo yet, the Flagsmashers are a cool new threat.
There is a great deal of fallout from The Blip in this series, which feels as if it will be another theme of this series.
We saw some great work from Mackie and Stan and they have not even met up yet. The first episode was a slow burn and I loved it. I am excited to where this show is heading.