The Falcon and The Winter Soldier continues Marvel’s action packed year

Marvel was put into a releasing slump due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, this year, Marvel is back and is adhering to a tight schedule of new movies and TV shows, releasing something new every month. This month, Marvel’s groundbreaking TV show “WandaVision” aired its season finale, and last Friday, the series premiere of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was released. 

The series finale of “WandaVision” left fans on the edge of their seats with new, unanswered questions. The ending of the episode also had hints for “Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness”, a movie which is supposed to be released in 2022. “WandaVision”’s series introduced a plethora of new characters who all are rumored or confirmed to appear in other movies coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The ending of “WandaVision” also introduces Marvel’s new concept of the multiverse, and confirms Wanda’s identity as Scarlet Witch in the MCU. 

One of Marvel’s latest movies, “Avengers: Endgame,” ends with Captain America passing on his shield to Sam Wilson, who is Falcon. Winter Soldier is Captain America’s oldest friend and is also known as Bucky Barnes, a WWII veteran. He was turned assassin by a secret Russian agency known as Hydra.
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” follows Barnes and Wilson’s journey of filling Captain America’s absence along with the Marvel universe post-”Avengers: Endgame.” The TV show also dives into the backstories of Wilson and Barnes, characters that fans currently do not know much about.

The first episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” starts off with Sam Wilson, the Falcon, diving head first into action, flying after a military general. As a result of this fast-paced start, it leaves the viewers excited and waiting for what will happen next. After the action scenes we get a close up look at Sam Wilson’s personal life, namely his relationship with his sister and his nephews. Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, is then introduced, and he seems to be recovering with the problems of his past, specifically his mind-controlled assassin days. This helps to show Bucky’s actual character, which helps the viewer understand him. Later in the episode we are also introduced to one of the antagonists of the TV show, the flag smashers. At the end of the episode there was a new superhero announced, U.S. Agent, as a replacement of Captain America. The first episode was great, introducing new characters while catching up the viewers to the new lives of Barnes and Wilson. 

With the high expectations, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has a lot to live up to. Marvel is off to a great start with very high and positive reviews for the first episode. The show has a lot of questions to answer, and if the pilot is any indicator, viewers will get these answers and enjoy great content along the ride. 

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