It’s no secret we at The Honey POP are kind of, sort of, a little bit obsessed with Marvel. And since Disney+ is keeping us very well-fed in that department this year, we’re going to be talking about the Marvel original shows quite a bit around here. And if the numbers are anything to go by, we’re not the only ones going nuts over the show. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier was Disney+’s most-watched series on its release weekend. Ever. How awesome is that? Sharing the podium with Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are the premieres of WandaVision and of the second season of The Mandalorian. The shows are only having episodes released on Fridays, giving us a whole week to rewatch and pay more attention to details we probably missed the first time around, but that we all know are not there on accident.
Three rewatches later, Episode 1 of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is still as awesome as it was the first time we saw it. But seeing the same scenes and hearing the same dialogues more than once really helps spot some little things that may be more important later in the show. Or even just in a whole other show/movie (knowing Marvel, that may very well be the case). While we wait for the next episode to drop this Friday, here are a few things we need to talk about.
**As always, here’s your spoiler warning for The Falcon And The Winter Soldier because we’re not Tom Holland to just be dropping spoilers everywhere at random.**
Bucky using present tense
Let us explain. Remember the date scene where Bucky’s date is asking him questions about his life? (And we get to laugh at the idea of Bucky Barnes on a dating app?) Well, two of the questions she asks are whether he is close to his parents and if he has any siblings. About his parents, he answers that he was, but they passed away (not surprising, seeing as Bucky himself is 106 years old). But, the sibling question is answered with, and we quote, “I have a sister.” Present tense. Could this possibly mean that Bucky’s sister is still alive?
Who is Sam talking about?
Right before we get the final scene with the reveal of John Walker with Cap’s shield, we see Sam Wilson talking to Joaquin Torres about the Flag-Smashers’ latest attack, which Torres unfortunately witnessed. Torres asks the Falcon “you don’t think it’s…?” and gets interrupted by Sam himself before finishing the question. Sam just says “I’ll circle back to you. Keep this between me and you, alright?” Sam looks nervous like he doesn’t want to think about whoever popped into his head possibly being linked to the Flag-Smashers. But who could he have thought about so fast? We hope they come back to this conversation at some point and we get to know who he was talking about.
One: he refuses to admit right away that he’s been having nightmares. (And while we’re talking about that nightmare/memory scene, did anyone notice it’s a callback to Sam and Steve’s conversation about sleeping on a bed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?). Two: she says he has “no history, no family,” and yet, as we said above, he says he has a sister. Something doesn’t add up here. Is Bucky lying because he doesn’t trust her? Maybe. And some fans also pointed out online how the notebook thing she does is really similar to how Hydra would pull that red notebook with the code to activate the Winter Soldier mode. Oh the parallels!
John Walker and propaganda
Firstly: the shield was supposed to be in a museum. It doesn’t belong there, but Sam left it there. And only because he thought it would stay in the Smithsonian. Then it showed up in a random dude’s hands, who’s being marketed as the new American superhero. Secondly: the gun and the speech. Captain America never carried a gun after coming out of the ice. It may not seem like much, but it is. In a way, it’s a symbol of how this guy is what Steve Rogers wasn’t. It’s a subtle reminder that Walker is a puppet. And that speech about America’s values and the “new Captain America” sounds a lot like propaganda to make people forget what Steve stood for and start seeing “Captain America” as what he was in the first half of First Avenger: a dancing monkey without a voice. And controlled by his superiors.
“On your left”
Museum scene. Sam and Rhodey are talking. When they come across the display with the shield, one of the most beautiful and symbolic shots of the episode happens. We only see Sam, the shield behind the glass and a dark background. Not only does that show how Sam feels like there’s a barrier between him and the Captain America legacy, it also shows Cap’s shield on Sam’s left in the frame. This is a really cool reference to their first-ever scene together, and to their reunion in Avengers: Endgame. Beautiful!
We’re sure there are more things about this first episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier that we missed. But that just gives you the chance to tell us what you noticed as well. Comment below or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP! We’ll love to hear your thoughts on Marvel’s ever-expanding universe.
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