We’re down to the top twenty characters. This is where the fun begins. 😁
Peter Quill is one of those characters that isn’t exactly a bona fide hero-type but being the lovable scoundrel that he is, you can’t help but like him. He’s hilarious but he can be brave and loyal to his team in a very profound way thanks to his ultimately tragic backstory of losing his mother.
I’m intrigued to see where his story will go from here now that he’s lost the woman he loves. Is he still on a mission to find her or has he given up? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy.
19. Falcon/Captain America
When Sam Wilson debuted as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier I was already a fan of the character but of course, it’s his turn as an Avenger that made him even more interesting. From there on out, he never played a major role in the MCU but he would, eventually, be passed the mantle of Captain America.
What then transpired was a long study of Sam repelling this responsibility being passed to him and then eventually obliging and taking on the mantle once it became clear he was the only man fit for the job. Now he’s Captain America and I can’t wait to see where his story goes from here.
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 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!
One of the reasons why I have always been so blown away by Marvel Studios is their impeccable casting choices. I’m talking since the beginning; Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, you get the point. Marvel Studios knows how to cast!
The last great casting of characters that I feel cannot be replaced are Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. And then there is Wyatt Russel, the newest member of that perfect casting list that Marvel Studios has absolutely nailed.
A decade ago, Wyatt Russel was 24-years-old and actually auditioned for the role of Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America. Of course, he didn’t get it and a certain Chris Evans did but…he went for it. Low and behold he would be approached again but this time to play his replacement; John Walker, a version of Captain America that is the exact antithesis of Chris Evans’ Cap.
I knew this show was going to be good, that was a no-brainer, but what the fourth episode of this series just delivered was fantastic on a whole other level. We’re on the latter half of the show and that means things are starting to go down. Character development is on full throttle, the action scenes aren’t just fun but are actually starting to mean something now, and just like the Captain America movies, the tone of the show has completely shifted. I don’t know what’s going to happen next or how this show will end with only two episodes left but I’m here for the intense and emotional ride.
The MVP of this week’s episode, however, is undoubtedly Wyatt Russel a.k.a John Walker. He gives a heck of a performance as the new Cap and exploring the character’s flaws. It’s very clear that this new Captain America is NOT Steve Rogers and that Sam Wilson is the exact opposite, or more appropriately, the perfect person to embody the role as the new Captain America. I know that at some point Sam is going to take on the mantle and this show is building to that moment. When it happens, I’m probably going to shed a little tear.
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.