‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s’ debut on Disney+

April 2021 Satire Issue

Hannah Hunt, Connoisseur of way too much television

In times of COVID-19, we’re all waiting for the next big show to come out. Now that Disney+’s “WandaVision” has closed its curtains, the MCU spotlight is moving on to some of the other Avengers. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s” first episode came out on March 19. It’s focused on, you guessed it, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and their team up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” As expected, Sebastian Stan plays the role of Bucky Barnes, A.K.A. the Winter Soldier, and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, A.K.A. Falcon.

In the trailer we see the duo being interrogated and discussing why they irritate each other so much. This dynamic can be seen any time the two characters interact with each other throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This may be part of why these two have been picked for the next Marvel series. Their sarcastic and nit-picky comments make for good comedy and an interesting look at a superhero duo. They’re going to have many trials to go through throughout the series, and I’m expecting a lot of character development.

Before watching the series, I suggest being fully caught up on the “Avengers” and the “Captain America” movies, otherwise you might be a bit confused as to what’s happening. To be exact, the movies you need to watch before starting this series are as follows: “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” As for the actual first episode, it’s a Marvel show, so it’s action packed and has pretty good comedic timing. It addresses the ending of “Avengers: End Game” and “Avengers: Infinity War” quite a bit and how Bucky and Sam are handling it. If you haven’t seen any of the movies listed above, put on the brakes because there are some big spoilers ahead, however, I won’t spoil anything for the actual show. You have been warned. 

After Thanos had been defeated, and all those who vanished in “the Blip” returned, no one knew what to do. That includes Bucky and Sam, who were among the vanished. The first episode takes place a few weeks after the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” and the world is trying to figure out what to do with those who returned. They had been living five years without them, and then suddenly half the population comes back with no memory of what happened. That takes a toll. With the way the episode ended, it’s no understatement to say that I am hooked.

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is a worthwhile watch so far. It kept my attention for the whole 50 minutes, and it was nice to see some of my favorite characters again. There are five more episodes that will come out every Friday following March 20, and I will definitely be finishing this series.

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