I don’t know how to describe it, but The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (TFATWS) feels very different than any other piece of MCU content, and I love it. I had the same feeling after watching the first episode of WandaVision. TFATWS is a nice change of pace.
As always, this is not a full review.
New World Order
“Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes realize that their futures are anything but normal.”– Summary from Disney+
The statues behind Sam during the Smithsonian conference.
This one may be a reach. I noticed the statue of Cleopatra, and I have seen this statue in person at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Cleopatra is contemplating suicide, and I think this can be connected to The Blip. Some people may have contemplated suicide because they were so depressed in the five years that their loved ones were gone. They didn’t see any point in going on with life.
I think I took two too many theory courses in college.
Sam, Sarah, and the Loan
Sara wants to keep the memory of their parents alive as much as she can by herself, but she needs help. She doesn’t want to sell the boat for some much-needed money because it holds many memories, so Sam offers to help her get a loan.
I have not read the comics, but from my understanding, their father, Paul Wilson, was an important figure in the civil rights movement. More on how this connects to the loan later.
Sarah is denied a loan becuse she does not have any form of income from the last five years. She was one of the people that disappeared in The Blip. She can’t provide income from the previous five years if she wasn’t physically here. This was a ridiculous reason to deny someone a loan, and there was a hint of racism behind the decision.
Once they left, Sarah said, “Those people don’t even know who Daddy was, and he was a giant.” I assume their father was an icon, but his legacy must have died out due to others’ ignorance, and that is why Sarah is doing everything in her power to keep his legacy alive.
Bucky Is Trying to Make Amends
Bucky’s therapy scene was a very accurate depiction because it shows that therapy is not always about crying, and sometimes you don’t even want to be there. She grilled him and exposed him as a loner whether he wanted to hear it or not. This is a common thing that happens in therapy. You are told things about yourself that you don’t want to know but need to know.
Bucky is also trying to right his wrongs in fascinating ways. As the Winter soldier, he killed an innocent college kid becuse he saw something he shouldn’t have saw. Now that Bucky has his mind back, he is hanging out with the boys’ father to help ease some of the pain and loneliness that comes with losing a child. He feels guilty becue he is the reason why his child never came back from that trip, and he is trying to fix it.
This man has no idea that he is having lunch with the person that murdered his son.