The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Solid: Anthony Mackie, Daniel Bruhl, Sebastian Stan
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Disney’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, very similar to WandaVision, is an unfettered experiment in going locations the place the mainline MCU movies haven’t gone earlier than. Whereas WandaVision dealt deep within the realm of magic and mysticism, Falcon takes a extra grounded strategy and tackles a extra real-world problem: Racism.
Your complete six-part sequence is centred on the concept of legacy, what it means to be Captain America, and the oppression folks of color face these days, not to mention the previous.
Whereas Sam Wilson stays firmly within the camp of legacy and the burden of selecting up the mantle of an icon, which varieties a real arc and concludes one section of his character which has been constructed up over a number of movies, the racism is introduced by way of the lens of 1 Isaiah Bradley, the person who may have been a Black Captain America.
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Whereas Isaiah will get not a whole lot of display time, the crucible he has gone by way of varieties each a wall and a protect for Sam in his quest to be one thing totally different, as he and Bucky (affected by a horrible PTSD as the previous Winter Soldier) deal with a bunch of worldwide radicals who imagine the world was higher in the course of the 5 years everybody was gone post-Avengers: Infinity Conflict.
This group – the Flag Smashers – aren’t only a menace to the world, they’re a menace to themselves, with their super-soldier chief Karli – launched as a sympathetic character who desires to do higher for the world – slowly descends into being a semi-villain, whereas on the run from a mysterious “Energy Dealer” who possessed the super-soldier serum that gave her powers.
Alternatively is Baron Zemo, the person who tore the Avengers aside with meticulous planning and a CCTV clip. Unrestrained by a film’s -hour-runtime, Zemo actually will get fleshed out as a personality, rising past the boundaries of a vengeful clever madman. Daniel Bruhl clearly has had a whole lot of enjoyable portraying this Zemo, who’s extra calculated, extra crafty and extra harmful than ever earlier than – and sporting his iconic purple masks.
The true star of the present, nevertheless, is the brand new Captain America – John Walker. He’s a embellished man with a number of medals, in contrast to Steve Rogers – however identical to him, has the drive to assist folks. Sadly, his tangling with Sam, Bucky and Zemo places him down a darkish path, although it’s not a fault to be ascribed to any of the 4, in the end ending in an pointless homicide. Wyatt Russell actually exhibits off his performing chops right here, delivering each a semi-likable successor, a deranged madman, and a person who has misplaced all hope – solely to claw again a few of it, with some assist.
The sequence depends closely on the concept of conspiracies and plots being sprinkled round in all places. Stopped a terrorist from kidnapping an essential particular person? That is a fork right into a conspiracy. Infiltrated a march to see who’s calling the pictures within the Flag Smashers? One other fork, and so forth. Went to speak to Isaiah Bradley? Oh boy, that is a can of worms that no person would usually need to open.
Falcon, in fact, doesn’t draw back from basic Marvel CGI motion and comedy, although that doesn’t kind the important thing software to drive the story, and is used comparatively sparingly – however to nice impact.
To shut, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is one other stable entry into the MCU spin-off sequence and has potential (although not essentially giant) ramifications for the universe at giant.