“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” keeps Marvel’s Phase Four going

Emily McDonough, Contributing Writer

Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues on Disney+ with the release of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Similar to other productions, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” faced delays because of COVID-19. In March 2020, the show was filming abroad in Prague until Disney chose to shut down production, which caused the release of the highly-anticipated show to be delayed.

Taking place six months after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” this new action-adventure show gives the audience a look into Sam and Bucky’s home life following the “blip.” In the beginning of the first episode in the soon-to-be six-episode series, Sam is helping his sister keep their family business afloat, while Bucky is in therapy working on making amends with his actions during his brainwashing with Hydra.

One of the most anticipated parts of the show is the villains. Marvel introduced new villains with the Flag Smashers, an anarchist group that believes the world was better and more united after Thanos snapped away half of all life on Earth. During the first episode, it is understood that they are a large group that has no problem causing chaos to work towards their goal of a “world united without borders.”

In future episodes, Marvel will be bringing back familiar faces, such as Batroc from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Helmut Zemo, who was last seen at the end of “Captain America: Civil War,” will also play a significant role in the show. In one trailer, Zemo said that he wishes to continue his unfinished “work;” superheroes cannot be allowed to exist. Zemo and the Flag Smashers will likely meet up at some point and cause many problems for the heroes.

Between Sam’s flying sequence at the beginning of the episode and the flashback to Bucky’s time as an assassin, the action in the first episode was thrilling. The coming fight between Zemo, Sam and Bucky is something that many fans are looking forward to.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is now streaming on Disney Plus.