The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 review: Marvel takes fans back to action-packed roots. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no longer undeniable. Now that the dust has settled and the wounds have been inflicted, the MCU is finally dealing with previous trauma.
While the Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Away from Home allowed for a moment what happens to Blip – the sudden disappearance and return of half the population – Marvel’s Disney + shows aren’t burdened with the difficulty of having a history of breakneck or giant poles. They can spend time truly understanding the value of each person and the great event that can be had for people.
But the great caution after watching WandaVision, and now The Falcon and Winter Soldier, is this: in addition to the shock of losing loved ones, their return has really disrupted the united psyche of the world. While WandaVision paraphrased these ideas, The Falcon and Soldier Soldier explored the real impact of The Blip – savings and emotions.
Take, for example, the difficulties Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) has in getting a loan to finance his family’s business. Before dismissing his request, the hot bank boy had the courage to ask him for a selfie. But his hands are tied, he says. Things got tough after everyone came back. And unlike being a champion, you are guaranteed a thorough examination.
How do heroes survive? The question has never entered my mind, in all these years of watching these movies and programs, and separating them endlessly. Indeed, some of them, like Peter Parker and Tony Stark, have established revenue streams. But what about Sam? Are you on government pay? Did he rely on some kind of Avengers grant? Do you have ribbons on the side and give college talks to start with?
Falcon and Soldier Winter is the first bright story since Spider-Man 2 has explicitly described the very high level of poverty with the poverty associated with their stay.
And then, on the other hand, there is Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who is actually undergoing treatment for the complications he has to endure. We meet her as she corrects the sins of the past, by holding the concubine of a corrupt woman and helping to incorporate her as Hydra’s agent in her previous life. There’s a big guilt inside him, and to my surprise (fun), the first episode spends a lot of time on Bucky’s recovery – from his time with the therapist, to the two most beautiful scenes at the sushi table.
This is a type of screen tangents that was notorious for roaming the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Think of them as the sequel to the Hawkeye farmhouse in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the scene of the support group at Endgame. It’s the rare moments of understanding that filter out the spandex in these characters bigger than life, and reveal to people that they’re inferior.
Although, before you raise your eyebrows with concern, there are many common Marvel features here as well. The first episode opens with a stunning action scene – the kind you can expect to see in an MCU theater. It doesn’t make a lick of the local concept but on average, it goes hand in hand with the Krayt dragon show in the first episode of the second Mandalorian season.
Falcon and Soldier Winter seem to return to the traditional style of storytelling, especially if you’re still trying to get some of WandaVision’s unpleasant things out of your mouth. At the moment, it’s very much in line with Captain America’s vill thriller vibe: The Winter Soldier; it silences other similar themes – nationality, political domination, and legacy. We watch Sam fight the weight of carrying the shield of Captain America; we watch Bucky, in many ways a flip-side attached to the shiny Steve Rogers, as he tries to pull himself out of the past.
A strong opening chapter, and it ends on a note that puts you up, in an instant, what the show will be about at the core. See you next week.
Falcon and Winter Soldier
Director – Kari Skogland
Actors – Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Falcon and Winter Soldier will begin airing in India at Disney + Hotstar Premium on Friday, with a new episode every week.