This is now the second Disney+ Exclusive Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) show and for a while, the MCU was setting up something via the Captain America movies but was quickly dropped and was thrown out of the way for the wrap-up of the Infinity Saga. Now that the Infinity saga is over, they have come back to this storyline. However, after the events of Endgame, Steve Rodgers wasn’t in the physical state to be Captain America, so he passed the mantle down to one of his partners named Sam Wilson also known as the Falcon. The whole series of The Falcon and Winter Soldier is based around Sam trying to figure out who he is without Captain America, and Bucky trying to figure out what he wants to do now that he is no longer under The Winter Soldier Brainwashing Program.
To be able to fully understand the show, you need to watch quite a lot of movies this time around. You are going to have to watch five movies total. The movies on this list are Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers Infinity War, and finally, Avengers Endgame. All five movies are a bit over two hours in length except for Endgame being three hours. That adds up to be 600 minutes, which is pretty much 10 hours. Since not everybody has 10 hours to throw away the only few movies, I would recommend watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers Endgame if you want to cut it down to two.
The Falcon and Winter Solider starts with Sam donating Captain America’s Shield to the Smithsonian Exhibit based on Captain America’s legacy, which was last seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He donates it because he believes it is an important part of history that needs to be preserved and that there will only ever be one Captain America. This brings us to John Walker. After Sam decided to donate the shield to the Smithsonian, the government took the shield and handed it off to John Walker, which they deemed as the new Captain America. Bucky was very frustrated that Sam decided to give the shield to the Smithsonian because it meant a lot to Steve and now it is being used as publicity to show off a new Captain America.
After that, you start to learn of the antagonist of the show called the Flag Smashers. The Flag Smashers believe that after post blip, things shouldn’t try to go back to how they were five years ago; they believe the world should unite as one which means no more borders and no more countries hence the name The Flag Smashers. The problem with this team is that they all have the Super Soldier Serum in their blood, which they stole from the Power Broker (more on them in the spoiler review below). Not only do they have the super-soldier serum–they also use social media to make their voice be heard so they kind of have a cult following. Since they use social media, they have people who will literally die for their cause, if need be, and they aren’t afraid to use that to their advantage. Not much is known about the Flag Smashers, so Bucky broke the always cunning and planning Zemo out of the prison because he knows people who know people that know about the Flag Smashers. Zemo was the villain in Captain America: Civil War. He doesn’t really have any special abilities, but he is very smart and understands how to get people to do his bidding unbeknownst to them. After Sam, Bucky, and Zemo climb up the list of people he knows and it eventually leads them back to Sharen Carter, who is a former shield agent before it fell, and the great-niece of Peggy Carter. Sharen helps them find the person who was able to recreate the super-soldier serum which at the time was thought to be impossible. I won’t go much more into the story of the show (until the spoiler review) since I’ve already covered a good part of the first two episodes with their only being six episodes in all.
I would highly recommend this show, but some previous knowledge is required so you can understand a lot of what’s going on. This show is very action-packed, much like the final episode of Wanda Vision. This show has very good fight scenes and just the overall banter between characters in this show is great. Some of the episodes can feel annoying with the constant cliffhangers at the end of each episode but now that all episodes are streaming, I bet it won’t be as bad. Before all the episodes were out, they would put a cliffhanger at the end of the episode and make you wait till next Friday in anticipation, which is cool, but some of them feel very forced to keep you sticking around, which won’t be a problem now that all six episodes are out.
The final episode was awesome; it really made the show worth it in the end with that new suit for Falcon, who is now Captain America. Sam Wilson’s Captain America suit follows really close to the comic version and honestly, I’m ok with that because you shouldn’t mess with perfection. The ending episode ends with the flag smashers defeated and the Power Broker being revealed as Sharon Carter. They don’t really go anywhere with the reveal of her being the Power Broker, but she managed to get her job back in the government, so she has full access to government files. After they reveal that, they also show off that John Walker has now become a US Agent. US Agent isn’t a very special character so it’s weird to see the build-up they had for his character, but it is none the less welcome. Bucky has fully escaped being the winter soldier now but in my opinion, the show didn’t give him a fair character arc during the show because it was way more focused on Falcon becoming Captain America, which to be fair is why we all came to watch the show. By the end of the show, I was very glad that Sam became Captain America because it is important for portrayal for everyone in any type of film or show with the show even bringing up this fact when it brought up a black super soldier that had been mistreated and under-respected (Don’t worry, though; by the end he got his due justice). Overall, I’m very glad that this show happened with a rumored second season and a confirmed movie, the future of Captain America is looking bright.