Marvel has done it again. They’ll be the death of us all. We find ourselves once more obsessed with yet another one of their productions. The first episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier just dropped on Disney+, and it is so good! This first episode gave us a lot of information and many unanswered questions (is anyone surprised?). So, here’s what we learned from episode one of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, and some of the questions we’re hoping will be answered in the following weeks.
**Before we get started, this is a spoiler warning for both Avengers: Endgame and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Read at your own risk!**
When Are We?
The show starts a few months after Avengers: Endgame and a while before Spider-Man: Far From Home. Here, we see how people are adjusting to a post-blip world- and a world without Captain America and Iron Man.
Right off the bat, Sam Wilson shows up remembering the moment Steve Rogers gave him the shield and asked how did it feel, to which Sam replies, “like it’s someone else’s.” And he still doesn’t see himself as worthy of the shield and title because he agrees to place it in the Captain America exhibition in the Smithsonian museum in D.C., where a government guy tells him that it was “the right decision” (suspicious, isn’t it?). After this, we can’t help but ask: Why did the U.S. government want the shield back in their hands so bad? And how long will it be until Sam accepts the mantle of Captain America?
We also get to see Bucky going to therapy and trying to “make amends,” as he says, for his 70 years as the Winter Soldier. And he’s talking! Like, actual-entire conversations. This hasn’t happened since Captain America: The First Avenger! The show also emphasizes how Bucky is trying to handle his PTSD and adjusting to modern society (with a hilarious moment where he admits he tried “the online dating thing,” can you imagine that?). We don’t know about you, but we need to know if we’ll see Bucky catching up on pop culture and, as his therapist mentioned, learn to trust people.
What’s With That Rescue Mission?
In good Marvel fashion, Sam has an action scene right at the beginning, helping the U.S. Air Force rescue a pilot named Vasant from George Batroc (who we know from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and his terrorist group, the LAF. But here’s the thing: Marvel has never introduced a character or a scene without a bigger purpose in mind. So, we guess that either Batroc is coming back later and will be why a plot twist happens, or Vasant himself will be revealed to be more important than he initially looks.
Who is Joaquin Torres?
A first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he’s a new addition to the show and looks like he’ll be a sort of “Jimmy Woo in WandaVision” type of character. The non-superhero we’ll be in love with and want to see more of by the end of the show. And who represents all of us, fans, when he starts talking about conspiracy theories he read online. While he’s a new addition to the MCU, Torres is, in the comics, the guy who takes over as Falcon once Sam Wilson becomes Captain America. We’re not saying that’s going to happen somewhere down the line, but who knows?
Where is Cap?
Throughout the episode, we hear that Captain America is “gone.” Not very clear, is it? And we all know that when something isn’t clear in a Marvel movie, it’s probably on purpose. We didn’t see a funeral, but we also didn’t see Steve himself, so… what should we expect? While we’re questioning this, why was Torres talking about theories on how Cap might be alive but out of the planet? Could this be a hint for something? Marvel, we need answers!
How long are we going to wait until Sam and Bucky are in the same scene?
Don’t get us wrong. We love seeing Sam with his family (we already know his nephews will be as iconic as Tommy and Billy were in WandaVision). Bucky being sassy with his therapist (man, we missed this!), but their bickering when they’re together is basically what we were living for in every single trailer so far. When do we get to see it? We need it!
What is the deal with the Flag-Smashers?
The Flag-Smashers are mentioned in this episode a few times, and it looks like they’re the antagonists of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. They’re based on a single character from the comics, Flag-Smasher, whose primary goal is to end all nations because they don’t trust the current governments and think the world would be better off without them.
Where are Zemo and Sharon Carter?
As of the end of the first episode, we have not even seen a glimpse of Helmut Zemo or Sharon Carter, but we know they’ll show up eventually. But here’s one thing we were thinking about: Zemo is a villain, and the Flag-Smashers are also set up to be seen as villains. Are they working together? Are they against each other? What’s happening? And Sharon hasn’t been seen since Captain America: Civil War. What has she been up to all this time?
Who is Knock-Off Captain America?
That’s John Walker, the U.S. government’s choice to replace Steve Rogers as America’s new hero. Translation: he’s a guy who’ll probably do anything the government asks, as opposed to Sam, who Steve chose as his successor (because he knew Sam would not be anyone’s puppet). And he showed up with the shield! Which was supposed to be at the Smithsonian. This raise’s the question: what are Sam and Bucky going to do about this situation?
And this is everything we got just from the first episode. We can’t wait to talk about the rest of the show. Do you have any more questions you’d like to see answered in the show? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP! We’d love to hear your thoughts. We’re also on Instagram and Facebook.
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