Article & Photo By: Evan Mirante
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already put their stamp on TV streaming this year with WandaVision, but they’re not done yet. Marvel’s second show of the year, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, has left fans excited for the future of Marvel after uncertainty around the future/ fate of remaining characters. The show, which is of course on Disney Plus, premiered March 19.
The show follows Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson, The Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie) as they team up to try to defeat a mysterious organization full of super-soldiers, while also having to deal with the new Captain America. While the show seems like a massive success, it’s a lot different than WandaVision.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is what a classic Marvel idea looks like. It’s not as complex as some of the latest Marvel projects which involve magic, time travel or even just different time periods. Instead, it relies on technology and super strength to make the show entertaining. In contrast with WandaVision, which was more slow-paced without much action going on in each episode, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is fast-paced with fights always brewing.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may be all about action but it also has psychological aspects as well, focusing on morals and ethics. Its main idea is whether superheroes are actually heroes and villains are evil or perhaps there are just two different sides fighting. The idea has been explored throughout the Marvel movies briefly with some of the past villains’ ideas.
In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, nearly every character faces a moral dilemma. It makes for some interesting character development but can also overwhelm a viewer at times. One of the characters I find the most interesting is John Walker (played by Wyatt Russel). Walker is a war veteran who accepts the role of Captain America despite struggling with PTSD from his time serving in Afghanistan. I love the character development that he goes through as the PTSD starts affecting him more and more.
One of the problems I have with the show is the complete opposite of the problem I had with WandaVision, which was the lack of a villain for most of the show. The lack of a villain for most of the WandaVision made it a little boring sometimes but was still fun to speculate who the villain would be. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier makes up for the lack of a villain in WandaVision by having multiple villains and one more on the way. With all these villains it can be overwhelming and will be interesting to see how they end the show.
Marvel is known for never really making a bad movie and it seems safe to assume that they will soon be known for never making a bad TV show either. TheFalcon and the Winter Soldier has been a blast to watch and I can’t wait for the season finale. This isn’t the last show on Disney Plus we will see from Marvel either. I am excited to watch the next Marvel show Loki, which comes out June 11.