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Popcorn Kernel Reviews: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes standing next to each other
Photo courtesy of NBC News

So far, this action-packed story of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, told in the form of a mini-series, is rushed. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier lacks critical information, such as what happened to Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes in between Avengers: Endgame and now. I am questioning the outlook of this show, the future of Marvel and what Disney + has to offer.

In episode one, the story begins to dive into the pasts of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. The story is also set up to follow a global terrorist cell that they will have to eventually fight. The viewers are introduced to new characters with mysterious and villainous demeanors. This episode explores Sam and Bucky’s trauma after losing Steve Rogers, Captain America, as a friend and as a hero.

Episode two expands on the story behind Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes’ past traumas as they fight in a new revolution. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is setting up Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does not measure up to the expectations of what they advertise. My personal expectation was that it was going to be solely focused on Sam Wilson’s and Bucky Barnes’s stories, in addition to seeing how the characters will play their roles in the future of the Marvel Universe. However, other characters seem like they may become focal points. This makes the series as a whole a huge disappointment for me.

I would rate The Falcon and the Winter Soldier 3/10 popcorn kernels. I am questioning how they are going to finish the show in six episodes with a decent ending for all fans to enjoy.

By Laurelyn Ponder, Contributing Writer

Graphic by Madison Sholar, Copy Editor


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