Why The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Finale Was All We Needed

Why The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Finale Was All We Needed

So The Falcon And The Winter Soldier finale happened. We’re still recovering, to be honest. There’s so much to talk about after those last 50 minutes of this perfect show. Starting with how much we’ll miss Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and their constant bickering on our screens. We need more of that in our lives, pleeease Marvel, give us a second season!

***BTW, spoiler warning for The Falcon And The Winter Soldier because as much as we love the spoiler kings Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, we’re not following their example here***

That’s Our Cap!

Y’all! Sam Wilson is finally Captain America! And what a Cap he is. We legit almost died when Sam first showed up in full Captain America gear, and with wings too because that’s how awesome he is. This whole episode was just proof that Sam is really the Captain America we needed.

All of his scenes were great, but the best one in the episode is for sure his speech being broadcast on TV and the whole world getting to hear it. Firstly, he starts by telling everyone to stop calling the Flag-Smashers “terrorists”, and let’s be real, everyone needs to hear that and pay attention. He then acknowledges that some people may not be ok with him being Captain America, but he’s also saying “I’m here, I’m Cap now, so deal with it”. We 👏 love 👏 to 👏 see 👏 it!

Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Image Source: Eli Adé via Marvel Studios

Other honorable mentions during the episode are: Sam telling Karli (Erin Kellyman) he wouldn’t stay down when she attacks him, and then carrying her body down (the photography here 😍); him being asked if he could help with the last of the Flag-Smashers and replying with “always”; his last visit to Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), their talk really shone a light into what is going on in Sam’s head and it was followed by the very emotional scene of Isaiah’s story being added to the Captain America exhibition at the Smithsonian; and, of course, the domestic ending with Sam and Bucky having the time of their lives during the neighborhood part at the end of the episode.

(L-R): Eli Bradley (Elijah Richardson) and Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Image Source: courtesy of Marvel Studios

We’re Also Emotional Over Bucky, Ok?

Please hold while we have a meltdown over Bucky being called “Sergeant Barnes” again. Finally, this poor traumatized World War II veteran is getting the respect he deserves! And later in the episode when he hesitates after being thanked for saving the Flag-Smashers’ hostages? Beautiful!

Now with that out of the way, we’d like to say we are very happy that we got to see Bucky talk to Yori (Ken Takemoto) about his son (happy in a “we cried but we’re glad the conversation happened” type of way). Oh, and he also finished the book with his amendments, so yay! Also, special attention should be paid to his conversation with Karli. Did this girl seriously ask Bucky Barnes, WWII veteran who faced Thanos, if he’s ever fought for something bigger than himself? Come on, the answer is obvious.

Other moments living in our minds rent-free include: Bucky calling Sam “Cap” 🥺, it was a moment we didn’t know we needed; Bucky telling John Walker (Wyatt Russell) that the Lincoln quote doesn’t sound as good coming from him (we agree, btw); and obviously, the entire ending sequence, seeing this man playing with kids and feeling utterly at home with the Wilson family, made our hearts grow three sizes.

(L-R): Sarah Wilson (Adepero Oduye), Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Image Source: Chuck Zlotnick via Marvel Studios

Walker Update: Yep, Still Out Of His Mind

Not as bad as it was in the last two episodes, but still pretty bad. He shows up thirsty for revenge on Karli for the death of his partner. However, when faced with the choice between carrying out his revenge or helping save the hostages, he chooses the hostages, this is to remind us that even though Walker is not the most trustworthy man ever, he still has some good in him (we just don’t know how long that’ll last).

His last scene in the show is where he officially gets the title of “US Agent” and a new suit (designed to be exactly the same as the one he wore until now, but in black, symbolizing this is a darker character who’s not clear about his intentions or his methods). We don’t know about you, but to us, the whole thing screams, “he’ll be back to cause more trouble later”. And since we’re on the subject, does anyone else find it concerning that his wife sees nothing wrong with this situation?

(L-R): John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell) and Valentina Allegra DeFontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
Image Source: Chuck Zlotnick via Marvel Studios

Zemo, Sharon, And The Plot Twists

One thing we know for sure: Zemo (Daniel Brühl) is coming back. There would be no reason to show him in The Raft if Marvel isn’t bringing him back soon. And can someone please explain how he planned to blow up the Flag-Smashers from a distance? He could’ve had this planned for a while before being arrested, but how did his butler know where to be in order to carry out the plan? Our money is on him having some connection to Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who refers to him as “our friend Zemo”. Suspicious to say the least.

Zemo (Daniel Brühl) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Image Source: courtesy of Marvel Studios

And then there’s Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp). Or should we say the Power Broker? Yep, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned CIA agent turned fugitive Sharon Carter is the crime master everyone’s been talking about. We won’t lie and say we’re not surprised because we are. But after the initial shock passed, we were left with two things in mind. One, it’s perfectly plausible that Sharon isn’t inclined to be one of the good guys anymore, she was abandoned by the very government she worked for! And two, now that she’s been pardoned, what is she going to do next? We cannot wait to see.

Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER.
Image Source: Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Final Considerations

We miss the show already, who could have guessed? But seriously now, this show was awesome, and we’re really glad Marvel made it the way they did. All the social commentary they didn’t hold back from making, made this one of the best Marvel productions to date. We’re still not over Sam’s big speech (or Sarah and Bucky’s flirting, or Isaiah’s story being told, tbh). Again, can we please get more seasons of this, Marvel?

Finally, here’s a really cool thing: Marvel announced a fourth Captain America movie! With writers from The Falcon And The Winter Soldier! This means more Sam Wilson in our lives since this will most likely be focused on him as Cap, while he tries to adapt to the new title. Hopefully, it also means more Bucky and more of their great banter.

For now, that’s all, folks! Please stay with this amazing poster of Sam Wilson as Captain America:

Sam Wilson as Captain America character poster.
Image Source: courtesy of Marvel Studios

Did anyone else scream their way through this final episode? And now that The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is over, how are you feeling waiting for Loki? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP! We’ll love to hear your thoughts!

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