Disney+ has done it once again with its new series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Marvel meets buddy cop comedy in this action-packed mystery. Coming off of the success of WandaVision, this series has already garnered the attention of millions of Marvel fans.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier focuses on the world post Captain America’s disappearance/retirement. In the show, The Falcon, aka Sam Wilson, is played by Anthony Mackie who teams up with The Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, who is played by Sebastian Stan. The two have to come together to combat the actions of an anti-patriotism group called the Flag Smashers. This rebel group is composed of people who believe that the world was better after the effects of Thanos’ snap. The group has also somehow gotten their hands on the Super Soldier Serum that was used to turn Bucky into the Winter Soldier which has caused both him and Sam to be concerned about the group’s actions. The two gentlemen have to put aside their differences and come together to try to bring down the insurgents before it is too late.
In the midst of battling the rebels, both Sam and Bucky have to come to terms with the loss of their beloved friend Captain America, aka Steve Rogers. To cope with the loss of Steve, the United States recruits a young war hero, John Walker, as the replacement for Captain America. Not only do Bucky and Sam have to deal with a terrorist organization, but they now also have to deal with a copycat. This fake Captain America has infuriated the audience simply because they believe no one can replace the real Steve Rogers.
The buddy cop element adds to the show’s success. Since people can’t have Captain America, having his two best friends team up has made fans’ hearts swell. The two have worked together in the past in Captain America: Civil War, but then they at least had Steve to keep them from losing focus. Without Steve, both Sam and Bucky have to learn how to work together to save the world, while also trying to deal with their own personal struggles—Bucky with his list of amends and Sam with the prospect of losing his family’s fishing company. They both don’t want to let down Steve, and this makes the fans sympathize even more with them.
As with all Marvel content, the mystery aspect always keeps the fans coming back for more. In this show, the mystery keeps getting bigger and bigger which keeps the audience on its toes. Everyone wants to know what is going to happen next and so they watch multiple times to dissect the scenes. One area that has all the audience puzzled is who is the real villain. Is it the leader of the rebel group or is it the new Captain America? With this element of confusion, the show draws the audience in each week in order to solve this enigma.
After WandaVision’s end, it has been great to see more Marvel content. Because of the pandemic last year, Marvel had to halt their operations, but now the back-to-back releases of these shows has allowed for Marvel fans to view the characters they love once again. While WandaVision felt like more of a reprieve from the normal content Marvel creates, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier gives fans the action and adventure they’ve been waiting for.