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‘One World One People’ – FATWS Finale Review

Wow! That was fast! Six weeks flew by, and the finale to the Second Marvel Disney Plus has come and gone. It was an action packed episode similar to WandaVision’s finale. It was like watching the third act of any Marvel movie. The coolest part being getting to see Sam (Anthony Mackie) in costume and in action as our new Captain America.

Comic accurate costume FTW

We also got some Bucky (Sebastian Stan) motorcycle action. Sebastian looks great on a motorcycle. This was a great shot:

Even though this episode was meant as finale, it feels like a whole new beginning than an ending. There’s only one real ending during this episode: The death of Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flagsmashers blown to kingdom come in the end.

As much as I wanted to like Karli, she wasn’t the most memorable character of the series and didn’t make much of an impression on me. She’ll probably end up on a future list of least memorable villains. Her death was sad and sobering though. A life cut short in the name of a cause she wholeheartedly believed in.

Fan theories proved to be correct when Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) was revealed to be the Power Broker.

Her identity is revealed by Karli. She’s fought side by side with Bucky, Sam, and Steve so it’s hard to see Peggy Carter’s niece as a villain. By the end of the episode, she’s been pardoned by the Government and given her old position back. Upon leaving the courthouse, she’s seen talking on the phone with an unknown character talking about how they now have access to weapons and government secrets. It’s clear that former good girl Sharon is up to no good. Aunt Peggy would roll around in her grave!

Wyatt Russell’s John Walker trades in his fake Captain America gig and is rebranded by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) It’s being speculated that “Val” could be building a Dark Avengers team and act as the team’s Nick Fury. We’ll just have to wait and see.

John was actually one of my favorite characters from the entire series. He’s my new favorite love-to-hate characters. Wyatt Russell gave a phenomenal performance and it looks like we’ll see him again in the future. They don’t hand characters brand new identities and suits and let them fade off in the background!

Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley was another wonderful addition to the series. He gave an outstanding performance in every scene he was in.

In the finale, he comes around to the idea of and accepts Sam as the new Captain America. One of the best and most emotional scenes of the episode was Sam taking Isaiah and Eli to the Captain America museum and showing them the Isaiah Bradley statue and plaque commemorating Isaiah’s service as the original super soldier/Captain America.

I hope when we finally get around to the Young Avengers that Isaiah is included in some way. Or maybe even an Isaiah Bradley TV series on Disney +. That’d be cool too.

We get a couple of brief glimpses of Zemo (Daniel Brühl) in his cell at The Raft. I hope he doesn’t stay there long! I NEED to see more of him! There’s been several rumors running around that he might be the leader of the Thunderbolts. I hope these rumors prove true! He was one of my favorite characters to watch and it’d really suck if his story stop here.

There was one particular scene that made me misty-eyed, and that was when Bucky went back to Yori’s apartment to confess that as Winter Soldier killed Yori’s son because “didn’t have a choice.”

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FATWS: Final Thoughts

This was a good show. I still think, after seeing all of it, that it would be even better cut together as a movie. It’s always great to have more time with some favorite side characters and have their stories be further developed. I loved seeing their relationship, Sam’s journey of accepting the shield, Bucky’s path towards healing. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have wonderful chemistry together, and I hope they’re paired up for Captain America 4.

This show also handled topics like racism and healing from trauma well. It was excellent at introducing several new characters like Joaquin Torres, Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, and John Walker and setting up potential storylines for them. They also brought back Sharon and Zemo after a several year absence. I’m a little on the fence about Sharon being a villain though I do think sending her in a villainous direction is intriguing. This show got me excited for the MCU’s future! There’s so many possibilities I can’t wait for them to explore! My final rating for this series is 4/5. See it if you haven’t already!

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‘The Whole World Is Watching’ and ‘Truth’ Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 4 and 5 Review.

Since both episodes four and five are so long, I’m combining the reviews and talking about some of my favorite moments from both episodes.

Episode Four

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Episode four came. Episode four went. It was the best of the episodes so far to be released. Since the episodes are growing longer, I’ll be highlighting my favorite moments throughout the episode.

I honestly could go on for half of forever about the Wakanda flashback scene! It was incredible! The tears streaming down Bucky’s face when he realized he was finally free of Hydra’s programming was a powerful, emotional moment. Sebastian Stan deserves all the awards for his brilliant acting during this scene! I’m getting emotional just thinking about it! 

Since Ayo (Florence Kasumba)was the one to deprogram Winter Soldier, it’s understandable why she feels angry and even betrayed by Bucky breaking Zemo (Daniel Brühl) out of prison. He was the guy that killed Wakanda’s king after all! She tells Bucky that he has eight hours left to use Zemo before the Dora Milaje come for him.

While on the hunt for Donya Madani, Zemo gets his intel on where her funeral will be from a young girl. He uses Turkish Delight in exchange for the information bringing to mind the famous scene in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe where the White Witch does the same thing to get information from Edmund.

Several conversations are had over the course of the episode. One the most interesting ones occurs between Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Zemo is all in favor of killing Karli Morganthau citing her role as a supremacist as a good reason for murder (Erin Kellyman), but Sam thinks that there’s some good inside of her and wants to try to talk with her. His determination to see and try to find the good in someone like Karli is proof of Steve making the right choice for his Captain America replacement.

My favorite action scene was when the Dora Milaje come to collect Zemo. The fight was EPIC! John Walker (Wyatt Russell) got his butt handed to him on a silver platter by Ayo and it was everything I wanted to see! Who better to take down Mr. Cocky Arragnt Bigshot than Ayo? I loved how Zemo, Bucky, and Sam just stood around and watched. Bucky can’t help himself and says, “looking strong John!” as he’s losing the fight with the Dora Milaje. I thought that was the funniest moment of the episode!

Another memorable moment is when during a fight scene near the end, Karli kills Battlestar (Clé Bennet) She runs away. John takes off after the wrong Flagsmasher and kills him with Steve’s shield in front of everyone. In doing so, revealing that he is not worthy of the Captain America title.

In this episode, it was hard to distinguish between who was the hero and who was the villain. Especially when it came to Zemo and Walker. Walker is supposed to be hero, but acts more like a villain with passing episode. Killing someone in cold blood definitely didn’t score him any hero points! Meanwhile, Zemo is a villain who can’t be trusted, but I found him more likable than the guy who’s supposed to be the hero! I especially liked when he smashed all the super soldier serum so it couldn’t be used! Zemo > Walker any day of the week!

Episode 5

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The opening fight scene where Sam and Bucky take the shield from John Walker was amazingly EPIC and one of the best in the series to date.

During the fight, John rips Sam’s wings off. Sam takes them to Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) for repair and leaves the wings behind in favor of Cap’s shield. This paves the way for Torres to become the next Falcon like in the comics.

Another fun moment is watching Walker lose out on hero status when the government removes him as Captain America! IT’S WHAT HE DESERVES!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made an interesting cameo appearance as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. It sounds like she’ll have a major part to play in the MCU moving forward. I thought her scene was great and look forward to seeing her in the future. I personally have no idea who this character is, but here’s an interesting article that goes into great detail about this new character:

https://www.marvel.com/characters/valentina-allegra-de-fontaine

(L-R): Valentina Allegra DeFontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), Olivia Walker (Gabrielle Byndloss) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Bucky heads to Sokovia to wrap things up with Zemo, and Sam goes off for another visit with Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly).

Isaiah is understandably angry and bitter about how horribly he was treated by the government as a super soldier. His feelings are valid. He doesn’t think the world will let a black man be Captain America. I have to agree with Sam’s point of view though. The world has changed enough that it can handle having a black Cap. Plus, Steve, a white man, clearly felt like Sam was the best choice as his successor!

I enjoyed the scenes where Bucky and Sam were working together to fix the Wilson Family boat. It was fun! And could Sarah (Adepero Oduye) be a potential love interest for Bucky? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

I can understand why there’s theories about Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) being the Power Broker. I wouldn’t be surprised AT ALL if it turns out to be true! Something is definitely going on with her.

Sam’s nephews playing with the shield was super cute!

Sam gives Bucky a Captain America-esque pep talk about doing the work to move on from his Winter Soldier past. Steve would’ve approved.

My favorite sequence of the episode was watching Sam train. That’s my Captain America!

He’s looking at his costume. I bet you anything!

There was an end credits scene of John Walker making his own shield. It’s sad and pathetic, but also a little funny at how desperate he is to hold onto the title of Captain America!

I can’t believe there’s only one more episode left! It comes out tomorrow, so we don’t have long to see how it all ends!

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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ – Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review

This time around a lot of time was given to John Walker (Wyatt Russell) ,and his introduction as the new Captain America. (BOO!)

Credit: Marvel Legion

Apparently, fans have chased Wyatt off Instagram because of hatred/death threats he was receiving due to playing a fictional character. This is a reminder to separate a fictional character from his actor.

The government has chosen John as their new Captain America and send him on a tour introducing him to the nation. This tour ends at John’s high school where during an interview the reporter reads a list of his impressive credentials. Turns out that John’s a good soldier. Some people might even say great. But whether or not he’s the good man that Steve Rogers was is yet to be seen. Though by the end of the episode, he goes from wanting to work with Bucky and Sam to telling them to stay the hell out of his way. Whether or not, he’s a hero or another villain, I couldn’t say.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) finally cross paths. Bucky is upset that Sam has given up the shield and continues to give Sam grief for it throughout the episode.

I love having Bucky and Sam together. The show’s better with them together. It gives the show buddy cop comedy vibes.

Sam tells Bucky he’s headed to Munich where the FlagSmashers are wreaking havoc to put a stop to them. Bucky tags along much to Sam’s chagrin.

The episode has, in my opinion, one of the best action scenes: Bucky and Sam fight the Flagsmashers on top moving trucks. The new Captain America jumps into the middle of things uninvited. All three get their butts kicked.

The guys come to the conclusion that they “got their asses handed to them”by Super Soldiers. Now they have to figure out how these Super Soldiers came to be.

John Walker wants to join forces with Sam and Bucky. Naturally, they’re not interested.

Bucky tells him off, “Just because you carry that shield doesn’t mean you’re Captain America.”

This episode, fun as it can be, also tackles racism. It introduces America’s first ever Super soldier, a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), who not even Steve knew about. Bucky takes Sam to meet Isaiah but first has to make it past his grandson Eli (Elijah Richardson). This means we got a brief glimpse of another Young Avenger, Patriot.

Sam and Bucky try to get Isaiah to tell them why more Super Soldiers exist, but he’s not interested and who can blame him? The government used him to go after Winter Soldier and then put him in jail and experimented on him. I wouldn’t want to talk either after being horribly mistreated like that.

After the guys leave, Sam almost gets arrested due to racial profiling. Bucky steps in and asks if the officer knows who Sam is. The second officer reminds the first that Sam is Falcon. The officer quickly apologizes for his HUGE blunder. He gets a call to bring Bucky in after missing his court mandated therapy session. The tables have turned and Bucky is arrested instead.

The two wind up doing a couples therapy session which was hysterical as it sounds. But among the sass and juvenile staring contest, this heartbreaking Bucky monologue happened:

“He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.” – Bucky (Insert tears)

We learn that the Flagsmashers are on the run from someone called the Powerbroker. This leads me to believe that while the Flagsmashers aren’t the main biggest big bads this series has to offer.

After leaving therapy, Bucky and Sam discuss their next steps concerning the Super Soldiers. Bucky suggests going to Zemo, the same Zemo who broke the Avengers up in Civil War. Sam is resistant to the idea, but reluctantly agrees.

Falcon and Winter Soldier gets better with each passing episode. I’ve already watched episode three. I’ll try to have the next article out before episode four. But with the way my brain works or doesn’t, I can’t make any guarantees.

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‘New World Order’ – Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 Review

The premiere of Falcon and the Winter Soldier hit the ground running hard! It starts off with explosive action scenes reminiscent of Captain America: Winter Soldier. I’d always wondered what a Falcon solo movie would be like. The opening of the first episode gave me a taste of what that would look like, and it was epic!

It’s been six months since The Blip and half the world reappeared five years after being snapped existence. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and the rest of the world have to learn how to live in a post-Endgame world. They also have learn how to function in a world without the help of Captain America to defend against any villains that might take advantage of the world when it’s at its most vulnerable.

The guys are trying their best to move forward with their lives as normal civilians. Sam’s joined up with the Air Force to help take down terrorist organizations like L.A.F. And Bucky, as part of his pardon, is required to go to therapy and “make amends” for the crimes he’s committed as the Winter Soldier.

We also see Sam’s continuing struggle of accepting Steve’s shield as his own.

As he’s packing up the shield, the conversation he had with Steve runs through his mind:

Old Steve Rogers How does it feel?

Sam Wilson Like it’s someone else’s.

Old Steve Rogers It isn’t.

In trailers leading up to the premiere, the above photo along with the one below, was sending fans into a frenzy believing that we were getting a scene set at Steve’s funeral. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when Sam donated the shield to complete the Steve Rogers exhibit at the museum after a formal ceremony.

Steve is on Sam’s left one last time.

Rhodey (Don Cheadle) makes an appearance in the audience. The following scene of him and Sam taking a walkthrough the Captain America exhibit. The conversation between these two is one of my favorite scenes in the episode! This quote in particular jumped out at me:

James Rhodes: The world’s a crazy place right now. People are… Well, nobody’s stable. Allies are now enemies. Alliances are all torn apart. The world’s broken. Everybody’s just looking for somebody to fix it.

It perfectly reflects on the current events our country and world are currently facing. There couldn’t have been a more timely show.

Another standout scene for me was Bucky’s nightmare scene. It’s a great look into how his time as Winter Soldier still affects him to this day. This is followed by his therapist appointment. If any character needed therapy it’s him!


Dr. Raynor (Amy Aquino) asks him if he’s had any more nightmares. He denies it. He doesn’t want to talk about it. She reminds him that this is part of his pardon deal with the government: therapy and making amends for past actions. She also encourages him to nurture his relationships. He’s cut everyone off including Sam so I wonder how they’ll cross paths.

He hasn’t cut off all relationships though. He meets up with Yori (Ken Takemoto), an older neighbor, for lunch. While at the restaurant, Yori insists that Bucky asks their waitress, Leah (Miki Ishikawa), out on a date.

Finally! They give Bucky a chance at love.
Credit: Marvel Studios and Disney +

During lunch, Yori starts talking about his son being killed and not knowing what happened. We find out later when that Bucky, as the Winter Soldier, is the one that killed. When the connection is made between the guy in the photo in Yori’s apartment and the guy Winter Soldier murdered during Bucky’s nightmare, it’s the most sobering, heartbreaking moment in the episode. Bucky repays Yori for lunch and leaves.

Credit: MarvelMC

Sam goes back home to Louisiana. We’re introduced to his sister Sarah (Adepero Oduye) and his two nephews. Sarah has to sell their parent’s boat, but Sam insists she get a loan from the bank to help with finances. Unfortunately, their request for a loan is denied.

It was great seeing Bucky and Sam experience civilian life for a change. Some of those scenes felt a little slow, but were great character development for our two leads.

They also introduced Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) who in the comics replaces Sam as the Falcon in the comics. That’s probably what will end up happening in the show at some point. I enjoyed the character and can’t wait to see more of him. If you’ll allow me a moment to fangirl: HE’S PRECIOUS AND MUST be PROTECTED AT ALL COST!!! Ok. I’m better now. Moving on.

We also got our first look at the Flagsmashers, a gang of villains. The scene we get of them was great and proved that they’re a group you don’t want to mess with. Plus they tried to kill the cinnamon roll pictured above. (OK. Now I’m done.)

The last scene is when John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is introduced. Sarah tells Sam to turn the TV on and watch what’s going on. The government introduces the world to a new Captain America, and Sam watches as Steve’s shield gets handed over to the imposter! The acting from Anthony Mackie during this scene was amazing!




The only way to describe Sam’s expression and the fandom’s sentiment towards this character can only be summed up in a GIF:

Unlike,WandaVision ,which felt like and was designed as a TV Show,Several of the episodes felt Falcon and Winter Soldier feels more like Captain America 4 chopped up in six pieces. Just when I was really getting into it, the credits started to roll. It left me wanting more.

This episode was a good start to what I’m positive will be a great series!

PS. Can we please give Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie all the awards now? They deserve it!

News

Disney Investor Day: Marvel Edition

On December 10th, Kevin Feige announced a boatload of exciting Marvel shows and movies coming over the next three years. Plus, he debuted several highly anticipated trailers for Disney Plus shows including WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If?

WandaVision:

Coming January 15

A new poster was released:

Falcon and Winter Soldier:

Coming March 19

A poster was released:

Loki:

Coming May 2021

What If?:

Coming 2021

We got a Sizzle Reel for Ms. Marvel:

Coming 2021

Marvel will NOT be recasting Chadwick Boseman as T’challa. Black Panther 2 will be in theaters July 8, 2022.

Guardians of the Galaxy will receive two spin-offs including a holiday special written and directed by James Gunn. It will be released on Disney Plus in 2022. The other spin-off is series of shorts featuring Groot. It’s called I Am Groot, and will feature “several new and unusual characters.” It will stream on Disney Plus. Guardians of the Galaxy will release in theaters sometime in 2023

Ant-Man 3’s subtitle is Quantummania. Katheryn Newton is joining the cast as Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors has been officially confirmed to be playing Kang the Conqueror.

A new Disney Plus series, Secret Invasion, was announced. It will star Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, and the return of Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, everyone’s favorite Skrull from Captain Marvel.

Another new series for Disney Plus was announced: Ironheart. Dominique Thorne will Riri Williams.

Don Cheadle will be returning as James Rhodes in the upcoming Disney Plus series, Armor Wars. It will be about what happens when Tony’s tech ends up in the wrong hands.

Moon Knight is about a “complex vigilante.” According to Kevin Feige is an “Indiana Jones-story.”

Tatiana Maslany is confirmed as She-Hulk. Mark Ruffalo will be returning as Bruce Banner, and Tim Roth will be returning as the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk (2008).

Hawkeye will be coming to Disney Plus in late 2021.

Here’s a first look at Hailee Steinfeld in action as Kate Bishop.

Christian Bale will be playing Gorr the God Butcher, the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder. It will be out in theaters May 6, 2022.

Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel 2 along with Teyonah Parris (Adult Monica Rambeau). It will release in theaters November 11, 2022.

Xochitl Gomez is confirmed to play America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will release in theaters March 25, 2022. Kevin Feige describes Director Sam Raimi’s work on it as “scary, thrilling and mind-bending.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on July 9, 2021.

There will be announcements about Blade “very, very soon.”

John Watts will direct the Fantastic Four MCU reboot.

On the Pixar side of things, Chris Evan’s will be lending his voice to the human version of Buzz Lightyear in a prequel called Lightyear. It will land in theaters June 17, 2022.

In other news, Deadline reported that Jaimie Alexander will return to the MCU as Lady Sif in Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s also rumored that she’ll appear in Loki as well.

Which upcoming Marvel project are you most excited for? Personally, I’m most excited for WandaVision and Hawkeye. Leave a comment. I’d love to read them.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark