TFATWS: Episode 6 - The Spectacular Finale
In the finale of the Disney+'s hit show, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it wraps up the storyline perfectly and give us our true and new Captain America. The pacing of the episode may have been a bit sloppy, and I think it would have benefitted from adding another 15 minutes, it was still a satisfying end to the season. With that being said, let's dive into what made this episode so great.
Sam Wilson becomes Captain America
The episode wastes no time introducing us to our new Captain America. Since Avengers: Endgame, we knew that Sam was going to eventually accept the Captain America mantle, but no one could have expected it to be this exciting. Watching Sam fly in to those opening scenes for the first time in uniform was something I am sure we will never forget.
Seeing a man of color, wear and carry the stars and stripes in today's day and age makes me so emotional. With all the protests, and cries for equality this past year, we never needed a black Captain America more than now. There is no better MCU character than Sam to take on the role as Captain America. There is no better MCU actor than Anthony Mackie to take on the role as Captain America. Mackie approaches Sam's character with such respect and understanding, and those qualities transfer seamlessly over to his Captain America title. Watching his character's growth over the series, and his whole MCU timeline, brought me to tears. This episode was so powerful, and I am sure it means so much to so many people to finally feel represented by a character like Sam Wilson/Captain America. Knowing this, I respect Marvel for taking the risks they did with this project to help invoke much needed conversations about race, the injustice of the system, and the mistreatment of our US veterans (as see in John Walker and Isaiah Bradley).
Isaiah Bradley gets a little justice
There couldn't have been a dry eye in the living room at the time when Sam presented Isaiah with his own section, honoring his bravery, in the Captain America hall of the Smithsonian. Seeing the relief and joy flood into Isaiah's soul when he sees that bronze statue of himself, make my heart so happy. After the way he was so badly mistreated, he finally got the recognition he deserved with his grandson there to see it. Because of Isaiah, Sam had the courage to take on the Captain America mantle. Because of Sam, Isaiah was finally able to receive justice and be seen for the brave man he truly is.
The bond these two characters made over the course of this season, though it was brief, was extremely impactful and full of love for one another. They were both able to accomplish something with each others help.
Bucky is finally happy
Throughout the season, Bucky has struggled to find peace with his past and move on without Steve being there to help him. In this last episode, we see him smile more than we ever have, possibly in his history in the MCU. We see him smile with proud eyes as he watches his friend Sam accept his role as Captain America throughout this episode, even calling him "Cap" by the end.
At the end of the episode, we see Bucky as part of the Wilson family. He's smiling, joking around with Sam's nephews, and enjoying a classic crawfish dinner with them. It's fun to see this new side of Bucky, and as a fan it's so fulfilling to finally see him enjoy his second chance at life.
Through it all, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier turned out to be Captain America and The Winter Soldier and it was absolutely fantastic. The spectacular conclusion to this show surely leaves us all wanting more. With the news breaking that a fourth Captain America film has officially been green-lit at Marvel Studios, fans can leave this season at peace knowing that these characters will definitely return to our screens at home and the cinemas soon. The dynamic duo of Bucky and Sam, or Bucky and Cap, will probably go on until Anthony and Sebastian decide it's time to call it quits, but I don't think that will be anytime soon. With the success of the show, and the huge fan following for both of these characters, I think the actors know they hit the jackpot when booking this gig. You can tell they love their work, they love their fans, and they love the roles they were destined to play. I personally can't wait to see them team up together more in the future MCU projects and Avengers films.
You can stream the entirety of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+ now!