The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: TV Show Review


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The full season of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, one of Disney+’s most recent releases, is now available for streaming.

Caleigh Lydon, Staff Reporter

For millions of people across the world, the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings them closer to others.  The activity of viewing films and tv shows in the MCU is a way for people to come together and share a common experience, even during the time of COVID-19.

On March 19, 2021, Disney released another new series called The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which takes place in the post-Endgame timeline.  Earlier this year, January the show WandaVision was released, bringing tons of excitement amongst the fandom who responded warmly to the new format of storytelling in the MCU.  Many had high hopes for TFATWS based on the quality of WandaVision.

The newest show, based on two characters from the MCU, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, depicts what life is like now that half of the population has been brought back from Thanos’s snap and how the world is struggling to adjust. TFATWS details the struggles of people after all the time away and the citizens that lost so much without their loved ones.

The show features a group called the “flag smashers” who cause a scene so its leaders have time to steal whatever they need or escape without being noticed by authorities. As the show goes on, we see the back story of this group, what their plans are, and how they are executing it. Amongst all this chaos, there is a new Captain America introduced to the world, bringing joy to all in times of trouble. The viewers get a closer look at what this new Captain America, John Walker, is truly like and how much he differs from the original Captain America, Steve Rogers.

I personally loved the show, seeing how life was like for everyone after they were brought back, the new villains and their goals, and the character growth of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The show brings awareness to many issues, not only about what happened when everyone was brought back from Thanos’s snap, but also underlying issues in the government and long-term problems that need to be changed.  Despite taking place in the fictional MCU, there are lot of parallels between our world and the world of the characters.  I cried, laughed, and I got angry with the characters in the show. Most of all, I am excited to see what else Marvel will do with all these newly introduced characters and how they will continue to expand on existing characters’ story lines. Junior Nick Resto echoed these feelings, saying, “I thought it was an amazing show that did a good job bringing light to mental health, class struggles, and racism.”

I recommend people watch some of the Marvel movies–maybe even all of them–before watching this show, as there are a lot of little details that need to be known before watching; someone who is not familiar with the MCU and its films might not fully understand the characters and plot events of TFATWS.  It has definitely been one of my favorite Marvel projects and I can not wait to see what Marvel has to release within the rest of the year and what else is to come for the Falcon and the Winter Soldier after this show.