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‘Powerbroker’- Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 3 Review

Falcon and Winter Soldier keeps getting better with every passing week. And this time around, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) has a major role to play and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) returns! The entire gang is together again!

The episode starts with John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his sidekick Battlestar (Clé Bennett) are on the hunt for Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) The new Captain America isn’t afraid to throw his weight around to get what he wants. He acts more like a villain than a hero. And is a far cry from his predecessor, Steve Rogers. He may be a good soldier, but he’s not the good man that Steve was.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) are where we last left them: Zemo’s prison. Bucky is the first to see him. Zemo tries the old Winter Soldier trigger words to see if they still work. They don’t. Though the infamous words don’t turn Bucky, Zemo notes, “There’s still something in there.” Maybe Bucky won’t be able to completely escape Winter Soldier after all.

Bucky wants to break Zemo out of prison. Naturally, Sam’s against it. But Bucky’s convinced they need Zemo’s help in finding out who’s behind the new batch of serum and Super Soldiers. Sam doesn’t know it, but Bucky has already taken the initiative and busted Zemo out of prison. The breakout scene was highly entertaining to watch!

Bucky asks Sam to trust him:

Bucky Barnes: When Steve refused to sign the Sokovia Accords, you backed him. You broke the law, and you stuck your neck out for me. I’m asking you to do it again.

Sam begrudgingly agrees to the hare-brained scheme. They fly off with Zemo (Literally! Forming a skeptical alliance with an actual baron comes in handy.) to Madripoor in search of answers. Comic fans will be excited by the appearance of a location linked to the X-Men!

On the plane ride over, Zemo tells the guys that in order to enter Madripoor they’ll have to disguise themselves. Zemo says that for Bucky “that means you will have to become someone you claim is gone.” The Winter Soldier returns!

Someone important to Karli Morgenthau is dying. We find out later it’s Donya Madani, Karli’s adoptive mother. We find out later she’s died from tuberculosis.

The Madripoor bar fight scene was fun to watch. It was interesting seeing Bucky fight as Winter Soldier without being under Hydra’s mind control. More action scenes like this please! Thankfully, there’s plenty of awesome fight scenes to go around in this episode.


During an important meeting with Selby (Imelda Corcoran)to get information about the super soldier serum, Sarah (Adepero Oduye) calls Sam about their boat. This is the comedy highlight of the episode and provides some comic relief in the midst of an otherwise serious scene.

Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) shows up and isn’t happy at all to see Bucky, Sam, and Zemo. Especially when she finds out the heroes and villain are working together. She’s still still on run for her crimes committed in Civil War so I can’t blame her for being bitter.

She’s naturally reluctant to help them. Sam bargains with her: help them and he’ll get her name cleared.

Our new favorite trio pay a visit to the scientist behind the serum recreation: Dr. Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi)

After some persuasion by way of gun being held to his skull, Dr. Nagel explains how he got involved in recreating the serum. Sharon has a brutal fight scene with some bounty hunters to buy the guys more time. I can’t stress this enough: GREAT ACTION SCENES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EPISODE!

Everyone is violence happy this episode. There’s a lot of punching, shooting, and my personal favorite, fiery explosions! 🔥🔥🔥

A couple of my favorite moments were Zemo wearing his comics-accurate mask and Bucky refusing to move his seat up for Sam, A great callback to a fan popular moment back in Civil War.

As usual, there are more questions than answers: Who is Sharon working for? Who is this mysterious Powerbroker? What does Black Panther’s Ayo want? To hopefully answer these questions, I’m off to watch episode 4!

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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‘Thor 4: Love and Thunder’ Rumors

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During an interview with Yahoo! News, Sebastian Stan discussed his feelings on Bucky possibly  becoming the next Captain America:

“I don’t know about that. Not really though, if you think about it. It makes no sense for him to…why would you give it to the guy that’s been trying to have a whole new history outside of the thing he’s been trapped by. I remember I found out [about Falcon getting the shield] the day we were shooting. I was like ‘Oh wow, this is the deal.’ But it makes sense. He’s [Sam Wilson] has been his [Captain America’s] right-hand for a long time at this point.”

In an interview with MTV News, Scarlett Johansson has said that Black Widow will be inspired by movies like Logan, Terminator 2, and The Fugitive.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom Hiddleston has said that filming for the Loki Disney+ TV series will begin in early 2020.

In a post on Instagram, Ryan Reynolds seemed to tease a Phase 5 Deadpool movie.

Natalie Portman posted that she’s hard at work researching for her role as the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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The above image was taken from her Instagram story.

(Photo courtesy of Cinemablend.)

Lady Sif actress Jaime Alexander has expressed interest in being Valkyrie’s queen in Thor: Love and Thunder. You can check out her tweet below:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JaimieAlexander/status/1155999827504689153

 

At the 2019 SIGGRAPH conference, Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso had this to say about the quality expected of Black Widow: [Black Widow] “should be the best movie that we make.”

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

In an interview with Inverse, Black Widow writer Jac Schaeffer had this to say about the violence in Black Widow:

“The fighting [in Black Widow] is a lot of close contact, hand-to-hand combat,” Schaeffer said. “It’s very visceral. There’s a lot of aggression and power in a very human way that I find really satisfying and really exciting to watch, but it’s the polar opposite to writing for super-powered characters.” [In reference to being the showrunner for Wandavision]

She also said that part of Black Widow will take place after Captain America: Civil War. To be more specific, what happens after the Avengers fight at the airport. [Natasha is] “very much on her own and over the events of the Black Widow movie, she has to reckon with some of the red in her ledger.”

According to MCU Cosmic, Marvel plans to introduce comics characters Galactus and Tyrant in the MCU at some point in the future.

The same source has said that a report has been released concerning a shooting location for Eternals. The location is in the Canary Islands, “a UNESCO  World Heritage site, Teide National Park.”  This particular site will be used for a “prehistoric” location.

 

A list of MCU movies available to stream upon Disney + premiere on November 12:

Iron Man

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Captain Marvel

According to IGN by way of Screnrant, there will be several characters that will use the Black Widow title in Black Widow.

DiscussingFilm reported that Falcon and Winter Soldier will begin filming at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta on October 12.

 

Rumors

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During an episode of Kevin Smith’s Fatman Beyond, cohost Mark Bernadin had this to say about the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ TV series:

“That, I think, is the crux of what that show’s going to be. The government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America.”

GeeksWorldwide has reported that Marvel is looking to cast a transgender actress for an upcoming Marvel film. They’re looking for an actress aged 20s-30s. It’s currently unknown what project they’re casting for though it’s being speculated that the movie is Thor: Love and Thunder. And that the character is Sera, the only trans woman superhero currently In Marvel comics canon.

If an Amazon listing is to be believed, Spider-Man: Far From Home will be available on Blu-ray on October 1, 2019.

 

Comic-Con Appearances

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Tom Holland will be attending the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention on September 6-7. You can find more information here:

FanX Home – #FanX19

 

Tom will also be attending ACE Comic-Con Midwest in Rosemont, Illinois on October 11-13. You can find more information here:

https://www.acecomiccon.com

 

 

Non-Marvel Related Projects

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@TheInSneider has tweeted that Chadwick Boseman’s new action thriller 21 Bridges has been moved again. It is now coming out on November 22, 2019.

@AaronCouch tweeted that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake has been moved to December 18, 2020.

The first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie 1917 has been released:

Variety reported that Cate Blanchett is currently negotiating to star alongside Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley remake.

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

Over and out,

Captain Stark

P.S. Good news! If you enjoy the site, anyway. This site will continue on for another year. So you get another year of me running off with the mouth! 😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Disney+ Details

Another week. Another update! *Crickets continue to chirp.*

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Deadline recently reported on a bunch of  interesting details about the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ show:

1. It will premiere in August 2020. (So far away!)

2. Kari Shogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct all six episodes.

3. Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp will be reprising their roles as Zemo and Sharon Carter respectively.

4. The show will be about Sam Wilson as he deals with accepting the shield and the responsibility of becoming Captain America.

 

HN Entertainment has reported that Black Widow is expected to be filming scenes in Budapest, Hungary.

So does that mean that we finally get to find out what happened in Budapest?! Please, Marvel! I need to know!

 

Several posters were released for Spider-Man: Far from Home.

 

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse will be released on Netflix on June 26th.

Jessica Jones season three will be released on Netflix in June.

HN Entertainment reported that filming for The Eternals will mostly take place at Pinewood Studios UK.

Rumors

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MCU Cosmic reported that there are several options Marvel is considering to integrate Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool into the MCU:

1. A new solo film. Maybe Deadpool 3.

2. A Disney+ limited series

3. A guest starring role in Spider-Man 3.

The guy behind MCU Cosmic, Jeremy Conrad, has said that his source “has delivered 100% for me in the past.” It will be interesting to see if any one of these pans out.

On Murphy’s Law podcast, Charles Murphy shared an interesting rumor about the upcoming WandaVision:

“I’ve heard that as this show unfolds, it’s gonna find Wanda really starting to come into her powerset and that the reality-altering powers from the comic are gonna make their way into MCU.”

Keep in mind that these are just rumors and that NOTHING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED by Marvel Studios or anyone affiliated with them!!!

 

Non-Marvel Related Projects

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A poster for The Current War starring Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch has been released.

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It will be released in theaters in the United States on October 4th.

Deadline reported that Michael Peña will play the villain in the upcoming Tom and Jerry live-action/animation hybrid film from Warner Brothers.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the release date for Taika Waititi’s live-action anime adaptation Akira will be released in theaters on May 21, 2021.

EW reported that Chris Pratt will be reprising his role as Owen Grady in a new Jurassic World  ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

@BorysKit reported that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have joined the cast for Christopher Nolan’s latest film Tenet.

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark