What a Marvelous Year
In 2021 we moved into the new phase of Marvel a little differently than usual; with television shows! WandaVision was a masterpiece (if you’re still unsure, check out our Go or No Go review here) so I think the bar was set really high for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. With that being said I was slightly disappointed with the first episode. That felt wrong, so I waited until watching the second episode to truly make a good decision. Especially since I reviewed WandaVision after two episodes.
There was a lot to unpack in both episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. We were introduced to life after the blip and after the events of End Game. This started out as a show about two people dealing with the after effects of being gone while also trying to deal with the nonsense that comes with being a super hero and an ex-super villain. We saw two sides of the coin of dealing with grief and trying to make amends. It felt really raw and really dark, which was really intense for the first episode of a show!
It was a really intricate story that felt like it really should have been its own thing and I think that’s why I was a bit hesitant at first. I feel like they could do an entire series on Bucky and Sam just trying to figure out their lives without any of the Avengers stuff involved. Of course, that won’t ever happen but we got a good amount of it in these two episodes. The second episode really starts the groove of what the show is going to be about. Arguably, this feels more “Marvel” than the first episode did and I think that was what I was waiting for.
Well, of course a GO! If you’re a Marvel fan then you are going to want to watch this show. It feels very incorporated to the Avengers story-lines which makes sense because it is really tied to everything. WandaVision has the ability to stray way off the path of everything that had happened, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier feels like a total parallel to the movies.
Without any spoilers the first episode ended on a really big “What the heck” moment! The second episode deals with that moment and also finally has the door open for a lot more cooperation. It is a really funny episode as well. I think the second episode was a lot more comfortable than the first and it had a good pace to it. Bucky and Sam have an amazing confrontation (pictured above) and I laughed out loud during that entire scene. Again, I definitely recommend watching The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Even if you are not a huge follower of the Marvel shows I think you might enjoy this one because it feels like an Avengers movie broken up into hour long pieces! Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
Next up in the line is Loki and I cannot wait for that!