The blockbuster of this weekend may have been Zack Snyder’s long awaited recut of The Justice League but it was Marvel’s new series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that moved the bar for the superhero genre.
If you’ve been following Marvel for any amount of time in the past decade this won’t really come as a surprise. While DC may have spent $70 million doing a course correction for a franchise that will probably never see the proper sequels it deserves Marvel managed to create an extremely timely and relevant series right out of the gate with Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The show follows the lives of Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) as they navigate life after The Blip (which ended up being a fantastic analogy for COVID) and without their closest friend Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! Giving these characters time to breathe does wonders and honestly it’s something Marvel should be doing with most of its roster. If you ever considered Sam Wilson just a sidekick to Cap you won’t after the first 15 minutes of the show. But once the action dies down these are people that still have to deal with the real world.
For Sam that includes trying to take out a loan to save his family’s business. It doesn’t matter that he was blipped out of existence for the last five years or that he’s saved the world many times over that still doesn’t qualify him for a bank loan. It’s a fantastic scene that takes a look at institutional racism though the lens of a superhero show. They could have gone the easy route and made the show all action and explosions, instead they chose to make the show about the world as it is today. Racism exists no matter how much you’ve done or who you are.
Meanwhile, Bucky isn’t faring much better. He’s gotten his life back but doesn’t know what to do with it now that he’s almost constantly haunted by the victims he killed during his time with HYDRA. He’s a military vet with almost a century of baggage to unload. While the first episode doesn’t bring Sam and Bucky together right away it’s clear the two can do each other a lot of good.
This was never going to be the lighthearted series that WandaVision was, that’s just not the Captain America sandbox. Instead the audience deals head-on with issues like grief, loss, racism and domestic terrorism. Though it’s somehow only six episodes long I get the feeling Falcon and the Winter Soldier is going to pack quite a punch.
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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.