Okay, just hear me out. I know it’s early. I know Black Widow hasn’t even been out for a week and I know that Marvel may not have even mapped out Yelena’s story that far ahead yet but…a thought has occurred in my brain. A shipping scenario so awesome I need it to happen. And that is for Yelena Belova and Bucky Barnes to eventually become a couple in the MCU.
Think about it.
In the comics, Bucky Barnes and Natasha Romanoff weren’t just adversaries, they became lovers. Of course, in the MCU that didn’t happen. Natasha would go on to have a one-movie romance with Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron and from there on her closest relationship was with her best friend, Clint Barton.
Enters Yelena Belova, the new face of the Black Widow legacy whose story is very reminiscent of Bucky’s own experience.
Well, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is over and yet I’m still not over it. The joy, the emotions, my heart is still soaring with the realization/visualization of Sam Wilson embodying Captain America so perfectly. Marvel just can’t seem to stop being awesome and it’s almost overwhelming. And to think that we’re getting Loki and Black Widow soon is exciting too!
But enough about the future. Let’s talk about that episode and all of its juiciest details.
It’s Monday and I’m in the mood for sharing some awesome fan art, namely fan art surrounding my new favorite Disney+ show (yes, even over The Mandalorian) The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Enjoy!
Bucky! The color palette, the arm, the expression, that awesome jacket! This picture is beautiful, pure and simple. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite Bucky fan art pieces that I’ve seen.
It’s Falcon and I’m so excited about it. The red, white, and blue is highlighted as the primary color of the piece but it doesn’t feel overwhelming or too on the nose. In fact, it’s just right! Plus, it just looks gorgeous.
In another two weeks I’ll share some more exceptional The Falcon and the Winter Soldier fan art from the incredibly gifted and always exceptional Uzuri Art whose Instagram is definitely worth a look. There’s some art on their page that will blow. Your. MIND!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has two episodes now and while the series is my favorite piece of MCU content since Infinity War, the parallels between this show and The Winter Soldier is striking. For the first time in the MCU, we have been given a story that actually mirrors the basic structure and story beats of a previous installment and yet it’s this style of storytelling for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that makes it so compelling. So, with no further ado, let’s look at these fascinating story parallels and what a continuation of this approach for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier could mean for the show.
SPOILERS for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier AHEAD!
The Opening Words
How did Captain America: The Winter Soldier begin? With Sam and Steve interacting in this perfect scene that immediately established the two characters as burgeoning friends.
In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the series opens on a more somber note, showing the incredible contrast between their first meeting and their last onscreen time together in the MCU (the moment when an old Steve Rogers gives Sam the shield.)
The first words we hear are being said by both Sam and Steve.
Steve: “What does it feel like?”
Sam: “Like it’s someone else’s.”
Steve: “It’s not.”
It shows immediately how far the characters’ relationship has grown over the years and that this is now Sam’s story, not Rogers.
I watched the season premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier five times in the last week, that’s how much I enjoyed it. It opening action sequence had me marveling at the screen, the character development felt both rewarding and poignant, and the first episode just really started off with a bang. The only nitpick I’d have to say about the first episode was that it almost felt TOO similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier all the way down to the story beats and I was kind of missing the originality that we got to see with WandaVision.
So this morning I watched the second episode and right from the get-go you get the feeling that it’s really going to delve into more character development that’ll enhance the story greatly.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I’ve been excited for this show for practically over a year. The series premiere has confirmed why I was so excited in the first place.
Sticking true to the theme that has made this series so intriguing (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) The Falcon and the Winter Soldier feels like a direct correlation to the movie, even providing blatant parallels to the structure of the story and the themes while also giving us something new thanks to the series delving into Sam and Bucky’s stories, two characters who have always been interesting but never given the full chance to shine.
Anthony Mackie is already taking full advantage of this opportunity to showcase his character under the spotlight. Already there is so much more depth to Sam Wilson in literally the opening scene of the show than his entire time in the MCU so far. It’s fascinating.