by Naina Biswas ’23
Published May 3rd, 2021
Two weeks following the finale of the incredibly successful series, WandaVision, Disney+ released its second Marvel series of the year, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Unlike the former series which included a total of nine episodes, this series only consists of six episodes. However, despite the smaller number of episodes, the series was still able to deliver a magnificent story that many of its viewers could connect to.
The series started off by showing the audience where Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). Though he had received Captain America’s shield from Steve Rogers at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Sam struggles with finding a sense of authority to it. This is what drives him to hand over the shield to the Smithsonian so that they could put it in the Captain America exhibit. Bucky, on the other hand, is attempting to find a place in the world after all that he’s gone through. In the first episode, we see Bucky attempting to make amends for his doings as The Winter Soldier, however, he still seems to struggle with letting go of his past.
As the late Stan Lee once said, “Marvel has always been and always will be a reflection of the world right outside our window.” The series lived up to Lee’s words as it not only portrayed the struggles of Sam and Bucky as individuals but also depicted societal issues such as our country’s treatment of veterans and institutional racism.
The show’s storyline includes not one, but two strong antagonists. The first one being a terrorist group called “The Flagsmashers,” who are led by Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman). The second being John Walker (Wyatt Russell), a former member of the U.S. Army. The government gives Walker Captain America’s shield without Sam’s knowledge, in order to fill in the shoes Steve Rogers left behind.
Through the series, fans will get the chance to see Bucky and Sam’s friendship which is filled with loads of bickering, but also with so much respect for each other. Long-time fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get to see the return of Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who were last seen in Captain America: Civil War (2016). They will also be able to see Ayo (Florence Kasumba) from 2018’s Black Panther, as well as some new faces such as Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez), Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
It is not surprising that many people are not only fans of this show in particular, but have also gained a love for the Marvel franchise as a whole. With brilliant acting, cinematography, and writing, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier can easily be titled a masterpiece. Though there wasn’t any initial plan for there to be a second season of the series, Marvel is currently “not ruling out” the possibility of there being one. Therefore any fans of the series can hold out hope that this will most definitely not be the last of Bucky and Sam working together.