The Falcon and The Winter Soldier - Will Icarus Fly Too Close to the Sun?
Let me start off this review by stating that there will be spoilers about the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. If you have not seen it yet and care about spoilers LEAVE NOW. Stop reading, close your browser, and avoid the internet until you can. Without further ado let’s dive into some more Marvel goodness.
At the conclusion of The Avengers: Endgame there was chaos. They talk about it a little in Spider-Man: Far From Home, however not much. More so it’s geared towards Peter’s feelings over losing Tony Stark and feeling like he must live up to being the next Ironman. We acknowledge the blip of half the universe disappearing for 5 years, before reappearing; the action itself ends there technically speaking. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about Marvel linking the continuity of the movies to the tv series. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier starts where Endgame left off. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) has received the shield from Captain America because Steve decided to live a different life. Thus, the mantle of truth, freedom, and justice was passed on. Right away you can feel the pressure that Sam is left with. He was gone for 5 years, finally comes home, helps defeat Thanos, and now he’s expected to become the next Captain America. Heavy is the burden being placed upon his shoulders. Set aside his superhero struggles and he’s still trying to re-adjust into a society that wrote him, and the remaining billions, off as never returning. Whole families torn apart, financial systems in distress, the government not knowing the next step to take, and being Black in this wrecked society? Oh man! Thankfully Sam is still trying to keep it all together.
So far, the first episode was very slow, but with action. You got to see The Falcon save a POW and look awesome while doing it. After that it was more about his relationship with his sister plus the family boat/ship that he doesn’t want to let go of. Honestly, he came off as a bit of a dick, however something that truly grinds my gears is that they combined his moment of spotlight with The Winter Soldier. Why couldn’t they both have separate shows? Why couldn’t Sam have his own series and Bucky as well. There’s something about it that rubs me the wrong way. It’s like Disney didn’t think he would be interesting enough by himself, so let’s partner him another character that’s likeable in small doses. My thoughts are that they are using their link to Steve to propel this forced friendship. Do you know what Bucky did in this episode? He went to therapy, he went on a date, and he’s trying to figure out how to tell an old man he killed his son. That’s about it. We will have to see if, and I do mean if, he becomes a more interesting character as the story progresses.
Going off the first episode I don’t have high hopes for this series. I feel as though it will be used as a segue into the rest of the MCU, but at the same time I can see a huge amount of potential if done right. I truly hope the series is more about The Falcon, and his growth, than being a superhero version of the movie Ride Along. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is on Disney Plus as of 03/20/2021, so check it out to see what you think of it.