The Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan-led The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is on its way to Disney+ soon on March 19. In traditional fashion, critics will start to get exclusive looks at the upcoming series as the release gets closer.
Major critics in the TCA have been shown a sizable section of new footage from the upcoming Disney+ series, revealing new plot points and brutal action sequences.
NEW ACTION AND THERAPY SCENES DESCRIBED
The critics were shown around 15 minutes of new footage from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is speculated by Collider's Steven Weintraub to be entirely from the first episode.
Firstly, an action sequence was shown which features Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson as the Falcon “trying to rescue someone from a plane” in classic cinematic Marvel action according to Weintraub.
Got to see about 15 minutes of #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier . Included 2 full scenes that I’m sure are from the 1st episode.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 24, 2021
First one was an extended action scene of Falcon trying to rescue someone from a plane and was the type of action you’d see in a Marvel movie. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/PsfA579yRp
Decider reporter Meghan O’Keefe described that the Falcon will be “getting the most brutal (and bloody!?) action scenes...in the MCU to date.” While O'Keefe says the action doesn't exactly reach the “hard R” rating level, it does go “hard.”
So...#FalconAndWinterSoldier preview thoughts! (Critics got to see 2 scenes!)— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) February 24, 2021
Sam Wilson is getting the most brutal (and bloody!?) action scenes we’ve seen in the MCU to date. Wouldn't call it Hard R, per se, but the action does go HARD. (1/2) #TCA21 pic.twitter.com/BL9xrdLeTf
The Collider reporter described a second sequence featuring Sebastian Stan's “Bucky with a therapist where she was trying to get him to talk about his issues,” while also showing some “well-shot action.” This seems to imply Bucky's therapy session won't exactly go to plan.
2nd one was Bucky with a therapist where she was trying to get him to talk about his issues. Also featured some well shot action.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 24, 2021
Both scenes show that @MarvelStudios is spending serious $$$ on their @disneyplus stuff but you already know that after watching #WandaVision. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/2QBKKVJY8o
Weintraub makes clear that just like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will showcase another huge budget with movie-level cinematic action.
According to O'Keefe, the therapy scene would indicate the MCU will continue to use their Disney+ series to dig into “the trauma of being a superhero” just like WandaVision. Naturally, this series will show a “way more grounded version of that” to suit the less supernatural tone.
And if you liked the way #WandaVision dug into the trauma of being a superhero, you’re going to get a way more grounded version of that in #FalconAndWinterSoldier . And Sebastian Stan remains the MCU’s hot emo boi. (2/2) #TCA21. pic.twitter.com/Nz0DLyu6Vr— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) February 24, 2021
THE DEEPER SIDE OF THE MCU
As the Marvel universe has expanded over the last 13 years, it's done an exceptional job with developing its oldest heroes into well-fleshed-out characters. Now that many of the figureheads like Iron Man and Captain America have been left behind, the studio now needs to begin to explore their new heroes in a deeper way.
The Disney+ shows offer the studio the perfect way to better explore their characters, as a six-hour series provides much more time to properly get fans invested in their heroes and a two-hour movie.
WandaVision grew to extreme popularity due to its character study of Wanda and the impact her traumatic experiences have had on her. It seems The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to do the same with Bucky's extreme trauma, created by his time under Hydra's control.
The promise of more graphic action scenes will be exciting to many who want to see more violent content from the MCU. The use of a streaming platform offers the company a lot more opportunity to push its graphic content further than movies as the rating has significantly less influence.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will drop its first episode on Disney+ on March 19.