The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 — out March 19 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — is each an thrilling and unusual begin to the brand new Marvel Cinematic Universe collection. On one hand, it provides us an motion spectacle that feels very a lot on par with what we get from Marvel films. Episode 1 additionally examines some underlying points for Avengers which are in any other case by no means touched upon: like how do they make a dwelling? Did Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) get a wage from Iron Man? Who will provide well being and journey insurance coverage to the 106-year-old Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)? Okay, I made the final one up, nevertheless it’s value desirous about. And then, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 ends by introducing a brand new Captain America (Wyatt Russell), appointed by the US authorities.
On the opposite hand, the titular heroes Falcon (Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Stan) don’t share a single scene in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1. The first episode is in all places, because it makes an attempt to catch us up on their post-Avengers: Endgame lives. Sam is in Tunisia one second, then in Washington D.C., after which in Louisiana. Bucky appears to be in New York — I could be completely fallacious — in current day, however there are additionally flashbacks to his previous self and more moderen self as he tries to make amends. Also, there is no signal of the returning villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl). Instead, all we get are some masked villains who hit actually exhausting. Sorry, who’re these folks?
It’s actually only a tease of what is to come back, which is why we don’t have a review of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier based mostly on the primary episode.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 — directed by Kari Skogland and written by creator Malcolm Spellman — opens with Sam preparing. As he packs the Captain America protect in its leather-based case, we hear his Endgame change with Captain America, of how the protect feels prefer it’s another person’s. This scene works finest for those who have seen Endgame, although even these with a passing data of the MCU will know that that protect belongs to Captain America. If anybody does marvel what it is doing with Sam, the motion sequence that follows proves how succesful and worthy he’s for Cap’s protect.
Set in Tunisia, it entails Sam being despatched in to rescue a US Air Force officer from the clutches of some paramilitary terrorists. But there’s a further catch: he should do it earlier than they fly into Libyan airspace, because the US armed forces cannot be seen working there. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 has a typical Marvel film begin — a high-octane thrilling motion sequence that reveals Falcon at his finest, one which additionally makes positive that everybody is launched to what he’s able to, even when they’ve by no means met him. Sam has to outrun (outfly?) missiles, cope with weapons (at occasions whereas diving), and actually put his neck on the road. It’s a scene finest skilled and one which I do not want to scale back to phrases.
After the Falcon saves the day (expectedly), he spends a while on the bottom with a fellow American officer Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) as they chat about how the facility vacuum in the course of the Blip — the 5 years after Thanos’ Snap — has led to the creation of recent factions reminiscent of these who imagine the world was higher when half the inhabitants wasn’t round. Sam and Joaquin conform to work collectively to seek out out who’s behind this chain of occasions. Joaquin jokes that he is heard of conspiracy theories about Cap being on the Moon, and that Sam flew him there, however Sam assures him that there is no fact to it. Wait, why does the world imagine Captain America is on the Moon?
Well, that is as a result of Cap is gone. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 cuts to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum within the US capital, with Sam paying tribute to Cap. James Rhodes/ War Machine (Don Cheadle) can also be on the occasion. Sam talks about how the world fell into turmoil after billions of individuals reappeared after 5 years, and that they want new heroes suited to the occasions they reside in. “Symbols are nothing without the men and women that give them meaning,” Sam provides, utilizing that as justification to move Cap’s protect to the museum. Sam and Rhodes then have just a few phrases, with the latter questioning why he did not take it up. It felt like another person’s, Sam reiterates, and that another person is Steve.
Cut to Bucky having nightmares about his brainwashed previous — the place on his missions, he even terminated helpless eyewitnesses. In current day, he is seeing therapist Dr. Raynor (Amy Aquino) who helps him by way of his nightmares. Bucky has been pardoned by the US authorities however should reside by three guidelines: do not do something unlawful, do not harm anybody, and make amends. As a part of the final bit, Bucky has handing over former HYRDA brokers to the related regulation authorities. But Bucky is having bother shifting ahead in his private life. As he notes, he went from one combat to a different for 90 years. Except for that tiny interval of calm in Wakanda the place his brainwashing was erased. Raynor notes that he is now free, to which Bucky replies: “To do what?”
As a part of making amends, Bucky has befriended Yori (Ken Takemoto), the daddy of the eyewitness he killed.
We swap again to Sam, who’s now in his native Louisiana, visiting his sister Sarah Wilson (Adepero Oduye) — who’s new to the MCU. His nephews name him Uncle Sam naturally, and Sarah twists that to mock him, saluting as she drily repeats “Uncle Sam” — you recognize, the personification of the USA. It’s rubbing in the truth that Sam has at all times chosen nation over household. While Sam has been away, their household enterprise has been struggling, extra so as a consequence of the truth that she had treasured few prospects in the course of the five-year Blip. Sarah has reached a degree the place she’s contemplating promoting the household boat — named after their dad and mom Paul and Darlene Wilson — that may be a essential a part of the enterprise. Sam tries to persuade her to delay it, promising that he can safe a brand new mortgage.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 then flips again to Bucky, who’s on a date with waitress Leah (Miki Ishikawa) that Yori arrange for him. As he performs Battleship with Leah, he will get requested about how previous is he (106, he in truth solutions), why he wears gloves (poor blood circulation, he lies), and his siblings (he has a sister, wait she’s nonetheless alive? She have to be actually previous then).
And it is time for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to introduce its villains. Joaquin, Sam’s military buddy from earlier, arrives in Switzerland, the place a bunch of individuals have gathered utilizing an app of some kind. Someone is distributing masks for them to put on, and Joaquin naturally accepts one too to mix in. But it does not seem to be anybody is aware of what they’re actually right here for. Because quickly after, alarm bells go off as a burly masked man with heavy luggage in his hand jumps out of a constructing. Is this a theft? Good-guy Joaquin tries to cease him — he pulls off his masks and factors a gun at him, like he has jurisdiction in Switzerland — however all he finally ends up doing is hurting himself within the course of. Turns out the burly masked man can hit actually exhausting, as Joaquin goes flying right into a wall.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 heads again to Louisiana, with Sam and Sarah going to a financial institution to get a contemporary mortgage for his or her enterprise. The mortgage officer (Vince Pisani) shortly recognises Sam as an Avenger, who agrees to take a selfie with him. As they get all the way down to brass duties, the mortgage officer notes that Sam’s data do not present any earnings for the final 5 years. Well, duh, he was “blipped”. The mortgage officer then (jokingly?) wonders if Tony Stark paid the Avengers a wage, for Sam to remind him that he did it for the love of his nation. Unfortunately, you may’t put that down on a mortgage software — and therefore, Sam and Sarah are denied the cash they desperately want.
Outside, the Wilson siblings get into an argument, which primarily exists to disclose their backstories. Sam left the household at an early age and joined the Air Force, and it was left to Sarah to run the household enterprise. She’s needed to cope with further issues, having misplaced her husband as properly.
Later, Sam will get on a video name with the injured Joaquin, who explains what he had been (foolishly) as much as. In their dialog, they carry up the time period “Flag Smashers”, which isn’t a reputation we have heard earlier than however is central to the brand new Marvel collection as we all know from promos. But The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 does not hassle to get into that simply but, leaving it for future episodes.
Just then, Sarah walks in, asking Sam if he is heard the information. On the TV, a authorities official proclaims that within the wake of the Blip, the nation must be impressed once more — it wants a brand new image. And in direct distinction to Sam’s views on the subject, the US Department of Defense reveals that it is picked a brand new Captain America. The photos behind the episode credit reveal that new Cap is named John Walker, who’s performed by Russell. While Sam was reticent to choose up the protect as a result of he felt it belonged to Cap, his nation has no qualms about handing it over to another person at a second’s discover.