Film Review: A military teched-out birdman and a 106 year old metal armed soldier- what’s not to love

The star-studded Falcoln and the Winter Soldier is Marvels most recent production.

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The star-studded Falcoln and the Winter Soldier is Marvel’s most recent production.

What do you get when you cross a military teched-out birdman with a 106 year old metal armed soldier? An insanely good Marvel series.

Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a brand new series following Marvels recent success, WandaVision. The first episode aired on March 19, 2021, and immediately broke Disney+ viewing record. The director of this series is Kari Skogland, who previously worked on Fifty Dead Men Walking. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is expected to have 5-6 episodes, each episode lasting approximately 45-50 minutes (credits included). The first 3 episodes have already aired, with the 4th episode well on its way. 

The series follows the Falcon, Sam Wilson, played by actor Anthony Mackie, and the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, played by actor Sebastian Stan, in their fight against the Flag Smashers, a group of rebels hoping to change the world back to how it was during the blip. The blip of course was an event taking place after Avengers: Infinity War and partially during Avengers: Endgame, where half of all life on earth was wiped from existence. Worst of all? The Flag Smashers appear to be just like Steve Rogers, the previous Captain America. Superhumans. We are also introduced to another very important character, that being John Walker, the new Captain America, played by actor Wyatt Russell.

All the characters are represented very well by their actors, along with the emotions the characters feel. Stan can show off all of Bucky’s insecurities brilliantly while Mackie shows off how sarcastic and comedic Sam Wilson can be in any situation. However, the biggest surprise is Russell’s performance of John Walker. Russell shows to the audience that John is trying his best to be the Captain, even though he knows how big of a challenge it is to fill those kinds of shoes. He represents John’s character absolutely perfectly, and tells us, the audience, that John can be the new Captain, no matter what Sam and Bucky may think. 

Filming for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actually began back in October 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, but was moved to the Czech Republic in March 2020. However, it was shortly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, before picking back up in Atlanta during September, wrapping back up in October, once again in the Czech Republic. You may recognize the composer of this series, Henry Jackman, who worked on previous Marvel films such as Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With 3 episodes released, we’re halfway through the series, with the final episode scheduled to air on April 23, ending the series.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is smashing through everyone’s expectations with every new episode it releases. Action packed episodes from the very start of the series and deep characters to learn all the more about. Despite that only 2 episodes are out, I give it a solid 2 thumbs up, 4/5 stars, because while it is an amazing series, the story can feel disconnected at times, even to someone who has watched all the Marvel movies, with the story being in multiple places at once and so much happening within each and every episode.