After WandaVision largely delighted critics and fans alike, does Marvel Studios’ second TV show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, keep up the momentum?
Editor’s Note: Minor Episode 1 spoilers follow.
Set around six months after Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has the two titular heroes (and the world at large) wrestle with the void left behind by Captain America and the overall implications of The Blip. The show cleverly takes its time to establish the lives that Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) have in a way that the feature films haven’t done so far.
It pays dividends. Beyond the otherwise big and entertaining action scenes – of which there are some – the best moments see the protagonists struggle with who they are and reflect on what they should become.