The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: First Reactions Praise Marvel Action & Drama

By Julia Delbel Updated:
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier social media embargo has been lifted, and those given the opportunity to view the show's first episode in advance are now sharing their initial impressions on the MCU's second Disney+ original series.


Umberto Gonzalez of The Wrap called the first episode "very cool" and teased a "surprise appearance:"

Kevin Polowy of Yahoo Entertainment assured Marvel fans that the series would "help with WandaVision withdrawal:"

Eric Davis of Fandango described the premiere as "somber & dramatic" with a "Good mix of fights and story:"

Brandon Davis of Comic Book said that lead actors "[Anthony] Mackie & [Sebastian] Stan are really good in very different ways:"

Amy Fulcher of Fandango mentioned how she took notice of a "Phase 4 recurring theme" while watching the episode:

Jacob D. of Discussing Film praised the show for "Brilliant writing" and "strong action sequences:"

Tessa Smith of Screen Rant claimed "fans are in for an action packed treat:"

Jenna Busch of t mentioned the episode's "powerful character moments:"

Liz Shannon Miller of Collider said she is "hyped to see what's next, especially once the title characters actually start to mix:"

Stephen Weintraub of Collider said that the series is "loaded with action" but that his favorite parts were "the quiet scenes:"

Mike Ryan of Uproxx said "I'm a huge Falcon fan so I’m glad this exists:"

The Direct's own Liam Crowley called the show "An expert blend of high-energy action with rich character-driven drama."

The Direct's Richard Nebens said that "Marvel keeps up the winning streak."


The vast majority of the reactions to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier 's premiere express excitement for what the rest of the show has in store. Many also pointed out how the show is grounded and action-packed, a stark contrast to WandaVision which focused more on comedy, mystery, and magic.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is shaping up to show audiences the range that the MCU's Disney+ slate will have. Marvel's presence on the platform is going from a finale to a sitcom-based series about a witch to a more serious one about two former military men figuring out how to continue on the legacy of their friend and fellow soldier.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres on Disney+ March 19.

Release Date
March 19, 2021
- About The Author: Julia Delbel
Julia Delbel joined The Direct when the website launched in 2020. She is primarily a features writer for the Marvel section of the site, though she has also dabbled in the DC Universe. Besides these, Julia covers other major franchise content, particularly those under the Disney banner.