In a shocking and bold move by Disney and Marvel, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier becomes one of the most important stories in the MCU. Because of its relevance and commentary on modern America, this show and the final shot of Episode 4 will go down in history as one of the most important in the history of MCU.
Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier follows the titular heroes navigating the grey zone of morality established by the many different characters surrounding them. The resurgence of the Super Soldier Serum revives the social discussion around supremacy and extremism in a modern context and shines a light on the darker realities of society that are often cast aside. The themes of this show come into focus in Episode 4, and it sets up an epic and bold conclusion to the Disney+ series.
Wyatt Russell’s bold and brave performance as John Walker, one of the most hated characters in the MCU, shines this episode as he finally becomes the monster that we all knew he was capable of being. His arc from generic douche to power hungry super soldier was handled perfectly in this episode and the ones preceding. Expect Walker’s full turn to the dark side to play a major role in the shows final stretch.
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4 BREAKDOWN: Thoughts, Theories and MORE! – Filmnetic Podcast
Erin Kellyman’s Karli Morganthau serves as a mirror to John Walker’s extremism by taking her righteous fight too far and becoming a villain in her own right. It will be interesting to see whether or not she is given a redemption arc, but Morganthau’s arc will undoubtedly be important to Sam Wilson’s potential acceptance of the Captain America mantle moving forward.
The next major shining spot in this episode is the return of the Dora Milaje and Wakanda to the main action of the MCU. Exploring Ayo’s (Florence Kasumba) relationship with Bucky and her quest to take down Zemo because he murdered her king is a perfect reintroduction that expands beyond a gimmick. Looking back, it’s odd to think that Ayo’s inclusion in the show was a major surprise for most of us, but now, it’s clear that this show would have been missing a major piece without her (or them).
Other characters like Zemo and Sharon are overshadowed by the major players this week, but the show still managed to set them up for an epic final stretch with a perfect balance between character and plot development that the show has not exhibited thus far. The bold strokes in this episode and the plot/social repercussions from the very last shot combine to create an episode that will not only define the entire show, but also set a new standard for the future of the MCU.
Filmnetic Grade: A+