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It’s time for the final episode of the latest ‘MCU’ series from Disney+ called ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. I have enjoyed watching this ‘MCU’ series and have had a fun time of six weeks of enjoying a six-part Marvel movie from March to April. It makes up for not going to the cinema lately.
However, I feel I prefer ‘WandaVision’ more than ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. ‘WandaVision’ had a more creative, fantasy element to it whilst ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is more serious and complex. There’s also a lot to take in and I’m not sure I fully comprehend the series’ entire plot.
The final episode of the series called ‘One World, One People’ has Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson donning a new Captain America uniform and flight suit given to him by Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and the Wakandans from the previous episode. So, Sam Wilson is not the Falcon anymore. 😐
After being given the Captain America shield by Steve Rogers in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and after six weeks of him coming to terms with accepting the Captain America shield, Sam decides to become the first black Captain America. This is clearly emphasised when the series title changes at the end. 🙂
It’s no longer ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. It’s ‘Captain America and the Winter Soldier’. Now on the one hand, I’m okay with Sam Wilson being the first black Captain America. It makes for a new change with people coming to terms with Captain America as a black man instead of a white man. 😐
But on the other, it reinforces arguments made in the ‘Endgame’ review that Bucky perhaps should have had the Captain America shield instead since he’s currently playing second fiddle to Sam Wilson here. There wasn’t much character development for Sam and Bucky in ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’.
I’m glad there has been character development given to Sam and Bucky in this particular Disney+ series. Mind you, I think a cameo of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, wouldn’t have hurt a lot to establish the connection between Sam and Bucky in order for it to be stronger.
Anyway, in the episode, Sam as Captain America flies off to New York to stop the Flag-Smashers’ attack. He has help from Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter (who’s later revealed as the Power Broker) and Wyatt Russell as John Walker (who later becomes the US Agent).
Sharon soon kills Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc whilst Sam attempts to reason with Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau. Most of the first half of the episode is intense fight scenes and Karli does go ballistic when she keeps on trying to fight Sam Wilson whilst he refuses to fight her off here.
In the end, Sharon kills Karli Morgenthau to save Sam Wilson’s life. There’s soon a speech made by Sam Wilson as he tries to convince the GRC about postponing the forced relocation of displaced people that Karli died fighting for. The rest of the Flag-Smashers are sent to the Raft prison facility. 😐
I believe that was seen in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Unfortunately the remaining Flag-Smashers get killed by Zemo’s butler Oeznik. We also have a brief appearance of Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo inside the Raft. Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes another appearance as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine here.
There are also brief appearances of Danny Ramirez as Joaquin Torres and Adepero Oduye as Sarah Wilson, Sam’s sister. I’m saddened Sharon Carter seems to have gone rogue after receiving her full pardon and about to rejoin the CIA as I quite liked her as a character in the ‘Captain America’ films. 😦
Overall, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series has been pretty enjoyable these past six weeks on Disney+. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed ‘WandaVision’, but it was very thought-provoking and entertaining throughout. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are also excellent here.
Stay tuned for my reviews on the next ‘MCU’ web-series on Disney+ called ‘Loki’ coming soon to my blog.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now