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The premiere episode keeps the fighting to a minimum, which means the characters have room to breathe
[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1, Episode 1.]
For those wanting high-adrenaline fights, the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier might be a disappointment.
The central duo hasn’t joined up by the end credits.
Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter hasn’t appeared.
There’s only one action sequence, located at the episode’s start.
But that change of pace, to some, will be refreshing.
A slower start gives the episode a welcome amount of breathing room to examine its characters and the issues they face.
Sam, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) turns down the mantle of Captain America and grapples with celebrity and racism in his Louisiana hometown, while Bucky (Sebastian Stan) tries to adjust to civilian life when his mind won’t let go of his past.
Those are weighty themes for Marvel, and it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the series addresses them as it moves forward.
Here’s what happens in the show’s initial installment.
Sam’s now involved with the Air Force, and he’s using his wings to help save military liaisons from bad guys (as he does in the first 10 minutes, which depict a high-flying battle typical of Marvel films).
But while he’s won the admiration of his co-workers, he’s having a hard time seeing himself as Captain America; he turns over Cap’s shield — given to him by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) himself at the end of Avengers: Endgame — to the Smithsonian to add to its Captain America exhibit.
He heads home to Louisiana only to find there’s trouble there, too.
His sister, Sarah (Adepero Oduye) kept the family’s fishing business alive when half the world’s population disappeared, but only just, and now she’s contemplating selling the boat that was a cornerstone of their family just to get by.
“Every day, I’m making five and spending 10,” she tells her brother, who wholeheartedly believes he can make a difference in their financial situation.
He wants to go to the bank and take a loan to consolidate everything.
But when the day arrives and they go to the appointment, the advisor is more interested in taking selfies with the Falcon than helping Sarah get out of debt.
Ultimately, he tells Sarah and Sam that despite the fact that their family banked with them for generations, he cannot grant the loan because “things have tightened up” at the bank.
“Funny how things always seem to tighten around us,” Sarah snaps.
Clearly, the Falcon doesn’t have it good — but Bucky’s situation in the first episode might be worse.
The government has pardoned him for everything he did as the Winter Soldier (he was brainwashed into being an assassin), but he himself hasn’t: He’s having nightmares about atrocities he committed, which included the killing of innocent civilians.
Unlike Sam, Bucky’s no longer in active duty, and he’s suffering as he adjusts to life outside the fight.
On the advice of his therapist, he’s made a list of amends, wrongs he can right from his past.
He’s brought down a corrupt senator that the Winter Soldier and Hydra helped bring to power, but that, his therapist says, isn’t enough: He has to start making connections in the real world.
“One day, you’re going to have to open up and see that some people really do want to help you, and they can be trusted,” she says.
Well, Buck does have one connection.
He’s made friends with an elderly man named Mr.
They go out to lunch together and, adorably, Mr.
Nakajima sets Bucky up on a date with the waitress.
But when he sees the mochi on the table, Buck watches as his pal is overcome with grief — his son loved mochi.
Nakajima lost his child several years ago, and he doesn’t know for sure what caused his death (the police said, “wrong place at the wrong time”).
As the Winter Soldier, he killed Mr.
Bucky goes on the date, but he’s overcome with guilt.
At one point he gets up and leaves and makes his way to Nakajima’s apartment, seemingly determined to tell him about how his child died.
But when he gets there, he doesn’t do it.
Later, he can’t cross the name off his list.
Trouble is brewing elsewhere, too.
A group called the “Flag-Smashers” wants to bring the world back to how it was during the Snap (aka, eliminate half the world’s population), and one of Sam’s Air Force coworkers goes to one of its gatherings — which is really a heist — to gather intel.
Unfortunately, this lands him some bruises courtesy of a very strong (perhaps supervillain-strong) man.
He gets in touch with Sam about it, and they chat until they’re interrupted by Sarah, who says there’s something Sam needs to see on TV.
He tunes in to find the president saying the nation needs a new symbol of hope.
And just like that, someone else is shown greeting a crowd as the new Captain America, despite the fact that Sam had the shield and was Steve Rogers’ choice to succeed him.
We’ll stay tuned to see what happens next…
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This article originally ran on tvinsider.com.
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Spoiler alert: This story addresses the ending and a major reveal from the first episode of the Disney+ Marvel series
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Spoiler alert: This story addresses the ending and a major reveal from the first episode of the Disney+ Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
Over the course of eight years and seven films, Chris Evans wielded the shield of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s resident all-American superhero and moral center.
Yet in the cliffhanger ending of the premiere of Marvel’s new “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” series (now streaming on Disney+), there’s another guy not named Steve Rogers who’s been picked to be Captain America.
The actor who plays him is steeled for any backlash: “People are probably going to hate it, and some people are going to love it,” says Wyatt Russell, whose new character John Walker now wears the star-spangled suit and wields that iconic shield – although the “A” on the outfit has undergone a snazzy makeover.
Movies and TV shows “are there to make people feel emotions, and I’m hoping that that’s what this show can do for people.
Hopefully they don’t hate me too much,” he adds.
But “it would be an honor, I guess, to be disliked in the Marvel universe.”
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“Winter Soldier” gives two supporting Avengers the spotlight: Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
And both are former military men, just like Steve Rogers.
As a Marine, Walker also is a part of the armed forces when he gets his new government orders, as America seeks “new heroes” in an era of global turmoil.
But he’s a very different Cap than the last one.
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“I don’t think there’s really been many MCU characters who’ve had quite the dilemma he’s had in terms of trying to fit into this sort of moralistic superhero world,” Russell says of Walker.
“He’s been thrust into this role as Captain America and he’s going to do it his way, and he wants to do it right.
But his way is a very specific way that he has learned through being basically a trained human hunter.
I mean, that’s what Marines are.
They’re not Steve Rogers, they’re not the same.
They’re not like Boy Scouts anymore.
They’re a little bit more gnarly.”
While Steve Rogers was infused with super-soldier serum during World War II, John Walker is a different Cap for the times.
“There’s always an element of reality (in the show) where it’s like, well, sometimes you need that guy, and it’s not always pretty,” adds Russell, the 34-year-old son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (who joined the MCU in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
“It’s fun to play those characters because they’re always at odds with themselves.
They’re always at odds with their own abilities and with their own moral compass.
They know what is right, kind of, but they also want to win and they battle with that.”
Walker’s a grounded character with a complicated history, Stan says.
“A lot of times (soldiers) go out there and put their hearts and bodies on the line, they come back missing limbs, they come back with PTSD.
That’s some of the Bucky stuff (and) a lot of that is also part of John Walker’s story.”
While it might look cool, wearing Captain America’s superhero suit wasn’t exactly enjoyable for Russell.
Painful,” he says, describing the “stiff” outfit.
“My shoulders kinda got screwed up and things started to hurt just because of the position that the suit would put you in all day,” adds the actor, who already had shoulder issues from “another life” as a former professional ice hockey player.
He also went through the mighty Marvel fitness routine, but took a “different direction,” seeking a more realistic physique for Walker in this larger-than-life superhero world.
“He’s strong, but he’s not a super soldier.
I wanted him to look normal, in shape,” says Russell, who found the workouts “unbelievably physical.”
Russell has a lot of respect for what Evans did for most of a decade.
“He did have an unreal, unbelievable job,” Russell says.
“That was a really different version of Captain America, with far less problems.
He was fighting Nazis and he had less internal issues to deal with because everyone thought he was perfect.
That’s just so hard to play, and he did such a great job of actually bringing some conflict with the character.
Who else can play Captain America like Chris Evans? Nobody.
And what’s good about this show is that it takes that in hand, where it’s like, ‘Well, who else is going to (expletive) play Captain America? This guy?’ “
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– March 19, 2021
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