The Falcon and the Winter Soldier soars high with its series premiere

Phase 4 continues with the adventures of Bucky and Sam.

WRITER’S NOTE: The following piece contains spoilers.

Just this week, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued Phase 4 with the release of the new Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Episode 1 begins with Sam, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), flying high as he is helping the US Air Force try to stop Batroc and his criminal group, LAF. Last time we saw Batroc was in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

After Sam is able to fight off Batroc for now, he is then informed by Torres, a first lieutenant in the US Air Force, that there’s another group that they should worry about called “Flag-Smashers” who believe that life during the Blip was better.

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The episode then jumps to Washington DC where we see Sam struggling with the decision if he should be the next one to hold the shield after Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, gave it to him. Feeling as if he shouldn’t be the one to hold it, Sam donates the shield to the US Government to be displayed in a museum.

James Rhodes, aka Rhodey, makes a special appearance and questions Sam’s decision. While also seeing how Sam is dealing with the struggle whether he made the right decision, we also get a personal look into Sam’s family life and the struggles he’s also dealing with at home.

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In a whole new scene, we then get to see Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) waking up from a nightmare back when he was a brainwashed assassin, aka the Winter Soldier. Bucky attends therapy meetings where he discusses that he’s working on his list of amends.

For Bucky, adapting to life again is difficult because all he’s ever known is to fight, and that’s not easy seeing how this series picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

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As the first episode progresses, we see Torres again as he looks into the group he told Sam about, Flag-Smashers, and catches them robbing a bank in Switzerland. However, as Torres attempts to stop them, it doesn’t work out, and he ends up getting hurt.

And, in a turn of events as the first episode comes to a close, when Sam donated the shield to be displayed in a museum, it turns out that the government disagreed with his decision and believe that the country needs a hero again, so — live on TV — they announce a new Captain America.

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On Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will only have six episodes. But seeing how this is the first from the series, it’s clear to see that the rest is going to be action-packed — which is something all MCU fans will enjoy and love. Most of all, fans will really enjoy the dynamic duo that is Sam and Bucky as they work together.

You can watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ here.

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