Written by Mateo Biggs
The newest age of the Marvel universe opens with the passing of a torch—a torch painted red, white and blue and made of complete vibranium. Although many fans of the Avengers movies will always have a soft spot for Chris Evans’ “Steve Rogers,” it is time for the community to let him go. To soften the blow, however, comes Marvel’s newest television series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
With the debut of the series on Mar. 19, Anthony Mackie’s “Sam Wilson” and Sebastian Stan’s “James Buchaanan Barnes” take the stand after an explosive entrance from “Wandavision” back in January. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is already packing a punch for dedicated viewers, with the return of an iconic duo whose bantering fans have been longing to see ever since their second interaction in “Captain America: Civil War.”
After “Wandavision” set the stage for this new phase of Marvel entertainment, everyone can guess that “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will be something amazing, especially with such a new approach in the very first episode. So far, the series has also shown the darker side of Marvel’s new phase, tackling serious issues that are best left unknown for those who have not yet been able to watch it (despite it now being readily available to stream on Disney+). Nonetheless, this tackling of darker topics is sure to give the previous phases a run for their money as the fanbase dives deeper into an almost drastic change in tone.
Now, as the Marvel universe expands, all viewers can do is hang on for the ride as they follow Sam Wilson’s growth into the new title of Captain America, and as they watch Bucky Barnes shed the hard external shell of being the “iron fist of hydra.” It will definitely be a treat to watch these two interact with other characters as they develop in ways that previous films had not allowed for, becoming more human and fleshed out.
Not that anything will be spoiled—just watch it for yourself on Disney+. See what else becomes of these familiar faces and new characters.