Once upon a time, I started a movie blog. The twist of the story is that what I created was not this Chwineka Watches, but a different, earlier blog whose name escapes me at the moment (probably also Chwineka Watches). The reviews were more longform, with posts being around 4000 words and featured several screenshots that had quirky captions because I was obviously inspired by Cracked Dot Com. One of the movies I reviewed at the time was Otto; or, Up with Dead People, a film about a gay zombie, something I'm redoing here as part of Pride Month. Looking back years later on that early review is weird to me now, because I can see how my opinions and thought processes have changed over time. Lemme explain.
With only 6 episodes, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier feels much shorter compared to WandaVision, even though the actual difference in their combined length is about an hour. But man, we went through an emotional roller coaster throughout the series, especially in the season finale. Will there be a season two? Let's dive into the final episode, "One World, One People," and talk about that!
This week's episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a bit more laid back than the rest of the series with some frank discussions about America's institutionalized racism, so I could see how some people would not like it. They're wrong, but still. We get a lot of character development as well as a new character who has a... complicated history in the comics. So let's get straight to it and talk about the fifth episode, "Truth."
We all knew it was coming to this, and the fourth episode seems like a good place for the tone of the show to become more serious. What am I talking about? I try to keep spoilers out of the intro paragraph because that's the preview excerpt, so let's dive right into "The Whole World is Watching," the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier!
I gotta say, I love it when I'm rewarded for the fact that my brain can't retain useful information but has an entire section devoted to comic books. Last time I talked about the Power Broker procedure, and what do you know, the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is titled Power Broker! Kismet, or something like that. But who or what is the Power Broker? Good question!
Pieces are starting to come together with The Star Spangled Man, the second episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. What kind of man is John Walker, the new Captain America? What are the Flag Smashers trying to accomplish? And how many new characters are straight from the comics? Let's dive in and answer these questions!
It's the premiere of a new Disney+ Marvel show! The first in this new chapter of tie-ins to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which I'm currently covering with MCU March, in case the daily posts somehow passed you by) was WandaVision, a quirky mystery involving magic, family, and grief. That is absolutely not what The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is about. This is an action show that could very easily become a political thriller, depending on how the episodes shape up. But enough preamble, let's dive right in!
This is a movie about division. An argument springs up that splits a group in two, pitting them against each other in a fight neither side can truly win. I'm talking of course about how my husband and I absolutely disagree about who was "right" in Captain America: Civil War, and it causes a lengthy discussion every time this movie gets brought up. Welcome back to MCU March! We're in the endgame towards Avengers: Endgame as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially entered Phase Three.
I know I basically said that Thor: The Dark World was a turning point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that's more a collection of little details. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, however? This is a huge moment in the franchise, splitting everything into "films before" and "films after." It's also the first MCU film by the directors of several episodes of Community, Mr. Joe and Mr. Anthony Russo. Oh yeah, they both directed the pilot and Joe also directed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, A Fistfull of Paintballs, and For a Few Paintballs More. That probably explains why Abed was working for SHIELD... They also directed Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, so that's probably more relevant to MCU March.
With The Avengers, the so-called Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a close. A group of heroes teamed up to save the world, and then went in separate directions because the actors are expensive and we can't have all of them cameoing up in every movie, no matter how much it would make sense that someone would show up when an teammate needs help. Oh, no, they're just doing some important thing off screen. Trust us! Welcome to Phase Two and welcome back to MCU March. Let's wrap up the Iron Man trilogy.