The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 — out March 26 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — is basically a stage-setting episode. Earlier than it actually dives into the thick of issues, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier must introduce the first gamers. We already know our titular heroes Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Aligned with them however removed from buddies, we have the brand new Captain America, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his greatest good friend Lemar Hoskins (Clé Bennett). On the opposing finish we have the Flag Smashers, led by one Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman). Although that is not all. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 ends by teasing the ultimate massive get together, returning Captain America: Civil Battle villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl).
However there may be extra yet one more participant right here. Deep into The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2, because the Flag Smashers are attempting to flee in a propeller aircraft, Karli refers back to the people who find themselves chasing them as “energy dealer’s males”. That is verbatim from the subtitles in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2. As Marvel comics followers will know, “Energy Dealer” (capitalised) means one thing else solely. Is that this what The Falcon and the Winter Soldier alluding to? Or possibly I am simply studying an excessive amount of into issues? We’ll have to attend to search out out.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 — titled “The Star-Spangled Man”, directed by Kari Skogland, and written by Michael Kastelein — opens with the brand new Captain America. John (Russell) is again at his highschool the place he is reflecting on his previous, when in walks his spouse Olivia Walker (Gabrielle Byndloss). She’s solely named within the credit; the shared final title and the way in which they speak all however confirms that they’re husband and spouse. John is nervous however Olivia thinks he’ll be nice. As she leaves, we’re launched to his greatest good friend Lemar (Bennett). John notes that his stint as Cap has been nice, however it’s been a number of “fits, handshakes, speeches, and Senators”. That is the job, Lemar reminds him after which provides: “Time to go to work,” which John repeats to himself.
Minimize to the Marvel emblem animation and the non-existent opening credit, earlier than we return to John’s highschool. He is now exterior within the faculty (American) soccer subject, the place he is signing autographs for everybody who’s gathered to see him. There is a marching band and a bunch of cheerleaders too. It is all very American. Disney throws in a little bit of company synergy too by selling ABC’s Good Morning America. They even get the present’s correspondent Sara Haines, who runs us via John’s spectacular CV: three Medals of Honor, counter-terrorism experience, and his physique has been studied by the federal government.
John says that he is no Tony Stark (that is Iron Man) or Dr. Banner (that is Hulk), as a result of he does not have fancy devices or in-built powers, however he makes up for it in guts. In fact, the unique Captain America — Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) that’s — additionally had powers, due to the Tremendous Soldier Serum, however that is one other matter.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 then exhibits us how Sam and Bucky really feel about this. Sam has his personal issues to cope with although. He is on his strategy to Munich to look into the Flag Smashers — the fellows who hit actually onerous, as we noticed in the first episode — however he runs into Bucky on the airport, who has a bone to choose with Sam. Bucky is aggravated that Sam gave up the protect, who protests that he did not know that the US authorities would give it to another person. However the scene then quickly careens into goofy comedy, as Sam begins chatting about how the Flag Smashers are at the very least not a part of the “massive three”: androids, aliens, and wizards. We have seen the change earlier than in a The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV spot, and that is the primary occasion of the buddy comedy the Marvel collection is promising.
Bucky follows Sam to Munich although Sam did not need him there. On the aircraft journey to Germany, they begin bickering over how Bucky all the time tends to stare, how Sam has no plan (not like Steve Rogers, the unique Cap), and that Sam cannot name him “Buck”. That is what Steve known as him, Sam protests, however Bucky says that Steve he knew him longer. Sam then jumps out of the aircraft — that was his plan — which additional annoys Bucky who follows quickly after. His touchdown is way from gracious, giving Sam the chance to rub it in. Down on the bottom, they head right into a warehouse the place Sam has tracked the Flag Smashers to. They’re loading heavy crates right into a truck effortlessly, additional proof of how robust they’re. Sam desires to attend and see the place they go, however Bucky would reasonably barge in.
In between, Sam chides Bucky calling him “White Panther” over the time he spent in Wakanda, just for the Winter Soldier to reply that he calls himself White Wolf. Hey, Disney, fast change the title of the present: The Falcon and the White Wolf. To be truthful, it does not have title recognition — The Falcon and the Winter Soldier it shall stay.
Because the Flag Smashers pull out, Sam and Bucky fly/run after them. Bucky enters the again of 1 and discovers that they’re smuggling vaccines, which may be very upsetting given the world we stay in in the present day. Please do not do that to us! No means that is unintentional, this will need to have been a part of the scenes that had been filmed after the pandemic hit. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier needed to pause manufacturing due to COVID-19, which is why it was delayed from its authentic August 2020 premiere date.
Again to the present. Bucky finds a hostage inside (Kellyman) who seems to be a Flag Smasher. That throws us right into a combat on the Autobahn. Whereas the 2 vans drive in parallel — that’s some severe coordination, you guys — Sam and Bucky are pummeled by the Flag Smashers. They get some well timed assist after the brand new Cap and his good friend Lemar present up, however even the extra manpower proves to be no match for the Flag Smashers. Sam stupidly will get his Redwing drone squashed by Karli (Kellyman), Bucky virtually finally ends up being squashed by the tyres, and Walker and Lemar are kicked off the vans like ants. As they collect their breath, the 4 come to the conclusion that the Flag Smashers are Tremendous Troopers — which means they’ve entry to the Serum that created Steve Rogers.
On the journey again to the airport, they speak in regards to the GRC that has been serving to put issues again collectively. Lemar reveals he is a part of one thing known as “Battlestar”, which annoys Bucky and he will get off. It isn’t one thing that is been explored within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however within the comics, Battlestar is definitely the identification that Lemar adopts because the Captain America sidekick. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier appears to be pointing in a unique course, which we’ll hopefully study extra about because the Marvel collection goes on. Because the automobile stops, Walker says to Sam that he does not wish to be or substitute Steve — he’s simply making an attempt to the perfect Cap he could be. And it would be nice if he might’ve Cap’s wingmen, Sam and Bucky, on his aspect. That line doesn’t sit effectively with Falcon in any respect, who additionally will get off and follows Bucky.
Again to the Flag Smashers who’ve arrived in a protected home, the place they’re greeted profusely by a German man who says they get pleasure from nice help and calls them Robin Hood for what they’re doing. Inside, Karli notes to her fellow Flag Smashers that the GRC is ineffective as a result of it has put the individuals who had been in energy earlier than the Blip again in these seats and that it cares extra about those that returned than those that suffered via the 5 years. Karli asks if they’re dedicated to the trigger as a result of they’ve one thing massive within the pipeline and there is no turning again. They then chant their motto “one world, one folks”. From what we have been informed elsewhere, the Flag Smashers imagine in a world with out borders — and Captain America is an emblem that stands in opposition to that.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 takes us to Baltimore, Maryland with Bucky telling Sam that he ought to see somebody. That somebody is Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), a Korean Battle veteran whom Bucky met in 1951 whereas he was the Winter Soldier. Isaiah was among the many check topics the US authorities used to recreate the Tremendous Soldier Serum — keep in mind it is a time when Steve Rogers was thought-about MIA and useless — and one of many few who was feared by HYDRA like Steve. However Isaiah reveals that as a substitute of being honoured, he was jailed for 30 years. Isaiah nonetheless sees Bucky because the Winter Soldier and calls for them to depart. Exterior, Sam is actually indignant that everybody stored this from him. Bucky says he is the one one who knew about it, he did not even inform Steve.
This looks as if one of many pillars that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will stand on. The Marvel collection is basically about Sam determining his place and identification — and what it means to be a black Captain America for a rustic that routinely discriminates in opposition to folks of his pores and skin color. It is a part of why he gave up the protect. And right here is Isaiah, who’s actually been within the state of affairs that Sam desires no a part of. Isaiah represents Sam’s greatest fears over choosing up the mantle.
As Sam and Bucky’s arguments proceed, the police present up and ask Sam to settle down, whereas treating Bucky as a attainable sufferer. It is one other peek into the informal on a regular basis racism that African-People need to face. It is solely when certainly one of them realises that it is Falcon, do they step down. Funnily sufficient, after they test in with their precinct, they find yourself arresting Bucky as a result of he missed his court-mandated remedy. I suppose that is what occurs if you take off for Germany on a whim.
On the police station, Bucky’s therapist Dr. Raynor (Amy Aquino) exhibits up. Sam is grateful however she factors out it wasn’t she who bailed him out. It is really the brand new Cap, Walker, who says Bucky is simply too useful an asset to be stored locked up. He wanted him and he is the federal government in spite of everything. However earlier than Sam and Bucky could be on their means, Dr. Raynor pulls them into an impromptu remedy session as situation of latter’s launch. In fact, it is actually an excuse for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 to drag them right into a scene the place they can provide us extra of that buddy comedy. It does not go effectively, expectedly. Bucky reiterates that Sam should not have given up the protect, as a result of Steve trusted him with it. Sam says they should settle for that he did what he thought was proper.
As they step out, Sam and Bucky have a dialog over Flag Smashers with Walker and Lemar. They share some fundamental intel however friction quickly begins to develop. Sam and Bucky cannot stand the truth that a stranger has walked right into a place that belonged to their former mutual greatest good friend. Walker says they’ve a shared objective, however Sam factors out that they’re extra versatile as they’re free brokers. As they half methods, Walker tells them to remain the hell out his means. That is primarily fuelling one of many thorny conflicts central to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — and it will be fascinating to see how this additional develops over the course of the present. 4 episodes stay.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 briefly cuts to the Flag Smashers, who’re on a continuing run as they’re consistently tracked. They’re loading the “vaccines” (which is probably going Tremendous Soldier Serum) right into a propeller aircraft when the aforementioned “energy dealer’s males” present up. One of many unnamed Flag Smashers volunteers to sacrifice himself to purchase time for Karli and Co. He does precisely that, charging into armed brokers (they appear to be authorities brokers?) as they fireplace at him.
Again to Baltimore the place Sam and Bucky chart out what to do subsequent. They’ve realised that Walker does not have any leads from the chat that that they had. Bucky notes that if you wish to learn about Tremendous Troopers, then HYDRA is the perfect shot, given what Isaiah stated. Sam sighs in despair as a result of he is aware of what which means: they need to see Zemo (Brühl). The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 closes by displaying us the place he’s, in the identical jail cell — was it in Berlin, if I recall accurately? — the place we final noticed him.