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Friday, June 25, 2021

Reviewing Marvel's Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Spoiler Alerts)


Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the second Marvel series to hit Disney+ with Wandavision being the first. This mini-series picks up after Avengers: Endgame and spans over 6 episodes. What is our take?  Spoilers ahead, so you have been warned!

The shield has been passed but Sam Wilson (Falcon) struggles with becoming the new Captain American. Falcon is about to meet his newest foe (The Flag Smasher), while Bucky (Winter Soldier) is in therapy and trying to make amends with his brutal pass. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have to team-up with a familiar enemy (Zemo) from the past to track down The Flag Smashers. The Flag Smashers are an anti-nationalist group comprised of super soldiers that aspired to return the state of Earth to the way it was prior to the Snap.

The character list for this series is beyond impressive. Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier/White Wolf, John Walker/Captain America/U.S, Agent, Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, Sharon Carter/Power Broker, Karli Morgenthau/The Flag Smasher, Batroc the Leaper, Isaiah Bradley, Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar, Joaquin Torres/Falcon 2, Eli Bradley/Patriot, and many more. 

This series plays out like an amazing Marvel creation. You have your action, drama, emotion, and great character development while taking larger subject matter like friendship, financial struggles, terrorism, racism, and self doubt. In the beginning of the series Sam wrestles with self doubt, debating if he is truly worthy of becoming Captain America. The Department of Defense even uses Sam's own self doubt to obtain Captain' shield to crown a new Captain American, which he will become the U.S. Agent later in the series.

Through Bucky, Sam learns about Isaiah Bradley. Isaiah was given the Super Soldier Serum like Steve Rogers, but due to Isaiah Bradley's skin color no one would ever accept a black Captain American. So Isaiah was imprisoned for 30 years, until a nurse took pity on him, helped him escape and declared him dead. Sam never forgot this and would make sure that Isaiah was never forgotten by having Isaiah Bradley immortalized in an exhibit right next to Steve Rogers' exhibit in the same museum. 

With John Walker being crowned as the new Capitan American, this doesn't sit well with Sam and Bucky. Walker and his partner Lemar Hoskins (Battlestar) will cross paths with Sam and Bucky on many occasions while trying to bring down Karli Morgenthau and The Flag Smashers. Walker isn't very happy when he finds out Sam and Bucky broke Zemo out of jail to help them track down The Flag Smashers, and The Dora Milaje are hot on Zemo's trail. During a battle John spirals out of control and seeks revenge on Morgenthau for taken the life of Walker's partner Lamer. Because of John's actions, he is stripped of the title "Captain American", and is renamed as U.S. Agent and hired by La Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. 

In the end Sam becomes Captain America, Bucky comes clean to Yori Nakajima about the death of his son and Sharon Carter is the Power Broker. Now available on Disney+.

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