‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: the most continuous face of the MCU is shown in what aims to be a minor adventure of the Marvel heroes
If there is something relatively comforting in the series machine gun with which Disney is keeping the MCU alive, it is that despite the fact that the initial characters chosen to star in them are not the most attractive, there is some intention to take risks. Especially in some plot approaches, as we have seen – with all the moderation in the world, yes – in the first episode of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’
We saw it in ‘Wandavision‘with its quirky homage to the history of the sitcoms as a state of mind. It must be borne in mind, that yes, that the Scarlet Witch series should have been released when ‘Black Widow’ had gone through theaters and in second place in Disney +, after this ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. That is to say, when fans would have warmed up with a couple of somewhat more conventional fictions.
All in all, ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is an approximation to a couple of secondary Avengers that do have fan service to give and take (that aerial chase sequence is pure classic Marvel action style, to the point that it looks like something out of an ‘Iron Man’ movie), but it also takes some grateful risk, albeit a long way from the crazy meta from the Scarlet Witch series. To get started, does not bring together the titular heroes at any time, and stops at the dramatic load that both carry in their private lives.
It is in those more emotional moments where Kari Skogland allows herself some thematic creativity and in the staging (unlike the aforementioned aerial action sequence, possibly thoroughly supervised by a team that has been charged with ensuring aesthetic continuity with the Marvel films). For example, in the best sequence of this first episode, the Winter Soldier’s visit to his psychiatrist, shot with very distorted close-ups, and with a dialogue that overflows with great bitter humor. It is significant that it is the best of the episode.
Unfortunately, the rest of the episode does not quite find a tone and a thematic direction, and it is a shame because we know that this first season will only have six episodes. And in this first installment there is a very slight approach to a villain that we hope will have the space it deserves in the remaining episodes (less Thanos and more Helmut Zemo, is what I think of the first three phases of the MCU), but of course they will have to give themselves some verve.
For now, what we do have is a very slight political reading that perhaps brings the series closer to the conspiracy thriller of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ than to more escapist proposals such as the rest of the Avengers movies. That is not necessarily positive or negative. per se, but It will undoubtedly define what is to come: the radical group that may end up uniting the destinies of the two protagonists (which echoes the memory of recent politicized riots in the United States) or the clear dilemma of Mackie, who sees himself as a successor to Captain America as an African American, may be some of those readings.
In any case, it is too early to take too many things for granted, although what remains to be seen is predictable – despite those plot risks we mentioned that this first episode seems to take. The reason is that, as in ‘Wandavision’, we are still exploring the consequences of Thanos’ snap: the echo of that event is still noticeable in matters such as the financial difficulties that the Falcon family is going through. Anyone who aspires to see how the MCU continues to advance will have to keep waiting: here we continue to live on rents / holocausts from the past.
Whether ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is a step back or just another piece in the construction of the pharaonic work of Disney and Kevin Feige is an impression that every spectator must draw. Those who expect continuity, see how characters they already know evolve, follow the fate of the labyrinthine forest of relationships of Marvel heroes, here are six tablespoons. Those of us who were fascinated with the isolated inventiveness of the first episodes of ‘Wandavision’ we will moderately enjoy this interlude and we will put our hopes in that superhero carnival that ‘Loki’ points to