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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ added to the Marvel Repertoire

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was released on Disney+ on March 19, 2021, and Marvel fans all over have been scrambling to watch it. The series is set after “Avengers: Endgame,” so, naturally, audiences have been curious about what happens next for their favorite characters. The TV show comes alongside “Spiderman: Far From Home” and “WandaVision,” in that they are all based after the Marvel “Blip” and present the characters individually. Viewers have rushed to these shows and movies to learn more about the characters they all know and love. The series has become popular with the student body.

Seniors like Joey Martindale thought the show was very well written, and he is eagerly awaiting upcoming episodes.

“I really liked it. The transition from the movies into the show really flowed well, and I loved the bond that formed between Bucky and Sam,” said senior Timmy Newby.

One surprising new character in the Marvel Universe is John Walker, or “the new Captain America.” This newest addition is a man chosen by the United States government to be a symbol for the people after the original Captain America’s death. Sam Wilson (The Falcon) decides to give up the shield given to him by Steve Rogers (Captain America), and the government does what they see fit. This decision of Marvel Studios, however, didn’t go over so well with fans.

“I think the idea of a different Captain America is dumb because Chris Evans is a perfect fit for the role,” said senior John Drury. “We also saw his entire backstory and were able to connect with him better than a random guy we’ve never even met.”

Despite what a viewer may see at first glance, the series has attempted to be more than just epic fight scenes and personal development for the characters. Hidden inside are nuggets of real-life politics and themes concerning the modern world outside of the Marvel Universe. In the show, Sam interacts negatively with a police officer, which carries whispers of recent events in real life. In “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” connections to critical race theory run rampant.

“I think that there was a ton of racial commentary… mostly just unsubtle comments,” said Drury.

Generally, the series was nicely brought into the overall MCU story arc, and the addition of new characters and thrilling plot details intrigue audiences. The show is not over yet, and fans continue to watch, eager to see what comes next for Bucky and Sam.

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