‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ timely, action-packed mini series

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Jacob Simon, Writer

Marvel Studios released its second mini series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” focusing on the characters of Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie), also known as the Falcon and Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan), also known as the Winter Soldier. 

It takes place a few months after the events of the blockbuster movie “Avengers: Endgame,” wherein Steve Rogers, the original Captain America gives his iconic shield to Wilson, close friend of his, thus transferring his mantle as Captain America to him. 

Wilson has a life outside of the suit, which the show shines a light on. In the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Wilson resurfaces after five years of disappearing in the event that is known as the Blip. In the show, he tries to rekindle his relationship with his sister and have a sense of normalcy, but at the same time he is trying to save the world. 

Even though he is a superhero, Sam still has to deal with real life scenarios of racism and segregation. Wilson did not feel worthy enough to keep the shield, so he ended up giving it to the government.

Barnes, who was once brainwashed into doing the bidding of the criminal organization Hydra, assassinates enemies of Hydra. He is trying to live a normal life, but it proves more difficult than intended as new threats arise and old friends meet.

Among the main characters is Baron Helmut Zemo (played by Daniel Brühl), a terrorist mastermind, from the fictional country of Sokovia. He was imprisoned after the events of the 2016 movie “Captain America: Civil War.” He succeeded in breaking up the Avengers after they inadvertently destroyed his country and killed his family in a battle with Ultron, a cybernetic megalomaniac accidentally created by Avengers member Tony Stark, also known as the Iron Man.

The series introduces the Flag Smashers, a terrorist group led by Karli Morgenthau (played by Erin Kellyman), who are seeking to get rid of all of the world’s borders. They also favored the time before the Blip, in which half the world’s population vanished and there were more resources for everyone.

Overall, the series so far is spectacular, and I love how the show introduces its own aspects of family and connection to your community. Watching this show gives me the nostalgic feeling I often got when watching the early Avengers movies with my dad. I also really like the cinematography regarding the story and in-depth characters as well as the effect. 

Since this is a limited series, it allows Disney to do certain things but not let the show drag out longer than it should. This allows the show to remain fresh and lets the viewers have questions and theories after the show ends. I appreciate that it is a limited series, and it’s not Disney just trying to milk the Marvel Cinematic Universe for all it’s worth.