There are those days when my brain is buzzing with great content that I’m ready to share with you all…and then there are days like today. Slow, fuzzy hump days when an idea for a post just seems to be floating out of reach.
Because of that, I won’t be sharing a post that specifically has a theme. I’m just going to be sharing random stuff that has managed to put a smile on my face…and maybe it’ll put a smile on your face too.
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.
After finishing the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I decided to watch a couple of movies highlighting three movies that feature Captain America in such a positive light; Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Infinity War, and Endgame.
And, thinking of these movies, I decided to look back at my reviews of these three films, starting with this one. Enjoy!
Even though I’ve seen the movie before the last time I watched it was a long time ago so I forgot so much. This time I was able to fully concentrate on the film and it was kind of fascinating seeing all of the references that the later Marvel movies took from this one film. Like Captain America’s suit in The Avengers for example.
I never understood why Marvel would give him such a horrendous suit in The Avengers when his classic suit was clearly so much better. Today I just figured out the story behind the ultra tight Captain America outfit.
When Steve Rogers first became “Captain America” he was presented as a figure in advertisement to make people want to join the army and his suit was a super tight suit. When Agent Coulson told Steve that his new suit was fashioned off of the original design now I get it and I have to admit, that’s pretty cool.
His suit in The Avengers is still the wackest rendition of the iconic outfit but at least now I understand why it looks the way it does.
It’s Sam Wilson day (a birthday for the character, not the actor) and so because of such an occasion I thought it would be fun to highlight the fascinating character posters for the characters that will define the Captain America legacy due to their impact on the MCU (and yes, that means including John Walker too.) Enjoy!
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.