The Falcon and the Winter Soldier First Episode Review

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The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier welcomes Marvel fans back into the MCU with a whole ton of action. Full The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode one review below.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a very different Marvel Cinematic Universe show than WandaVision, which was to be expected. There is no speculating or theories (at least not yet), just a whole lot of action, and a little bit of heart. This series follows Sam Wilson aka Falcon, and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier, as they deal with the events of the past few years — and some villains too, of course! 

The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier felt like the perfect mix between introducing us to this style of show, action packed fight scenes, and the new lives of both our heroes. Sam is spending a lot of time with his sister and nephews, trying to get his family affairs settled after being blipped for five years, and Bucky is making amends to those he wronged as the Winter Soldier. 

What I love so much about this show, after watching the first episode, is that it basically jumps right into the action. It doesn’t waste a lot of time recapping what has occurred in the past, it just assumes everyone is up to speed. Because of this, the show is able to dive right in to the meat of it all, and kick off with a bang. 

From the very first moments, I was hooked. It is hard to say goodbye to Captain America, which this show does force its viewers to do, but it is necessary in order to move on. Be prepared to shed some tears though, it can be a rough goodbye.

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Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier does a great job of feeling like a movie with its incredible action scenes, flawless cinematography, and what feels like a BIG story. I love seeing Sam and Bucky in more personal settings as they go through their day to day lives, and not just as part of big fights with other superheroes. Because of this, the show introduces some new characters, and each and every one of them is fantastic. 

Adepero Oduye plays Sam’s sister, Sarah Wilson, and I am already obsessed with her. The way that she isn’t afraid to put Sam in his place when he is wrong is fantastic. The dynamic between these two is incredible and I can only imagine they had a great time off set as well. 

As for the new people in Bucky’s life, his therapist is hilarious, and I cannot wait to see more of her. I also hope that we get a bit more of a possible romantic relationship for him. The poor guy has been single for a very long time and he deserves it. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is only six episodes long, but if they are each action packed like this first one, I think that it will be a satisfying series, opening the doors to spread into the rest of the MCU. It takes place in between WandaVision and Spider-Man: Far From Home, meaning that we haven’t seen all the repercussions of it, and the big bads that are introduced, just yet.

The first episode is 48 minutes long, and ends with a wow moment that could be considered a cliffhanger. It has me very much looking forward to the rest of the show, and what it all means for the future of the MCU.

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(L-R): Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

About The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of “Avengers: Endgame,” team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.

Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes to Disney+ on March 19th.

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