The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review
By: Aadil Kherani
Art by: Jana Kadel
Marvel returns with its second series shortly after the finale of WandaVision. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a six-episode long series set inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a more Marvel-like series doing the opposite of WandaVision. Although, once again, the two side characters from the MCU, Falcon (Sam Wilson) and Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) are brought to the lead.
The Captain America movies have always been a more politically-oriented action series. This story continues along that path with Falcon dealing with what the Captain America symbol really means. The series starts off a little slower, more about the superheroes dealing with everyday life problems, but the heat picks up when a villainous group is brought to light. Overall, the villains' characters are not developed that much, although their intentions are very interesting. It is much more centered around the heroes and does not give enough time to dive deep into the villains--making them pretty flat characters.
The show will not bring a lot of surprises like WandaVision, but it will build an intriguing story that might be enjoyable for certain viewers. The show features some side characters along the way: some add fun to the show, but others are never fully developed and add nothing to the story. Sharon Carter, who returned from past Captain America movies, is an example of a character who only appears here and there with no great addition to the show. On the other hand, Zemo from Captain America: Civil War is a character who brings more fun to the show with a new side of his character. Overall, the show is also a little more centered on Falcon, leaving Bucky as a secondary lead rather than a co-lead. This results in the show not spending much time on Bucky’s character development.
On the positive side, the series includes good action sequences, a couple of really good character arcs, and a really interesting anti-hero. It also features bold themes that deal with racial and immigration issues in the modern-day world. The results of Avengers: Endgame left the world overpopulated and struggling to find basic necessities. Throughout the film, the characters have to decide the “right” way to solve this problem. Sam also has to deal with what it means for a black man to hold the stars and stripes as he learns the painful backstory of another African American hero. This adds another layer to the show that gives it more impact and emotional depth.
All in all, I thought this was a relatively good show that has good messages, interesting characters, and good action sequences. Compared to WandaVision, I thought this series is a step-down, but many other fans have said the opposite. I would definitely recommend this series because I think many will have a lot of fun with the characters and the story behind them.