Marvel Studios has given us so much content this year! We’ve gone from the unique and fantastical in WandaVision and What If…? to the familiar and entertaining in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow to the surprise hits in Loki and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
All of these stories with all of these characters have left MCU fans delighted in some way or another and each Phase 4 installment has been a blast to revisit from time to time. Last night, I decided to randomly revisit the final ten minutes of the fourth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “The Whole World Is Watching” and once again I was horrified by what is undoubtedly the most brutal moment in MCU history.
The violence in this scene is disturbing. Henry Jackman completely imbues this moment with a horrific shrill musical note that crescendoed perfectly into the credits, bringing to light just how awful a moment this is as “Captain America” murders someone in such a horrific way in broad daylight with a crowd watching him.
It’s undoubtedly the best scene in the series and an incredible turning point for John Walker’s character. Despite the series chickening out on continuing his villainous streak for the next two episodes, this moment is undoubtedly going to become a staple for his character’s development moving forward as well as a reminder of what this guy is capable of if he snaps.
Yes, he is a loyal American soldier and yes, he is just a guy trying to do what’s right but that angry streak in him is only going to get worse as the Super Soldier Serum continues to build within him and honestly, I can’t wait to see his story continue…hopefully sooner rather than later.
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For thirteen years now, the MCU has been one of the most incredible franchises. It took actors like the three Chrisses, Paul Rudd and Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland, and so many others and turned them into superstars not just because they were in great movies but because Sarah Halley Finn knew they would be PERFECT for the roles they would play.
After Stan Lee’s death, I was skeptical for the future of Marvel Studios. Would the franchise still be great or would it lose its steam? I guess I underestimated just how brilliant Kevin Feige and the rest of the team has been through the years because the latest slate of characters and the actors that play them have been incredible.
Let’s just dive into the brand new characters and actors we have and will get to meet this year in the MCU.
The first piece of MCU content since Spider-Man: Far from Home, WandaVision was a risky return to the franchise we know and love so much but boy did it pay off. Not only was it a fantastic series with plenty of twists and turns and a very compelling story but it introduced us to two new powerful female characters that left quite the impression.
Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness stole the show every time she was onscreen. At times she was just straight down hilarious and at other times I would stare at the screen in awe because she did, in fact, feel like a perfect witch. She was the perfect foil to Wanda’s depression and I hope she returns in the future.
And then there was Teyonah Parris’s debut as Monica Rambeau. Do I think her acting skills need a little more refining? Yes I do, but I cannot deny my excitement to see her officially become one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe in The Marvels and to see her don whatever suit the incredible costume designers have created for her.
I also think she’s going to be able to deliver some powerful scenes opposite Brie Larson that could definitely have the potential to yank on my heart strings. She’s going to be a great fit with The Avengers.
We’re down to the top twenty characters. This is where the fun begins. 😁
Peter Quill is one of those characters that isn’t exactly a bona fide hero-type but being the lovable scoundrel that he is, you can’t help but like him. He’s hilarious but he can be brave and loyal to his team in a very profound way thanks to his ultimately tragic backstory of losing his mother.
I’m intrigued to see where his story will go from here now that he’s lost the woman he loves. Is he still on a mission to find her or has he given up? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy.
19. Falcon/Captain America
When Sam Wilson debuted as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier I was already a fan of the character but of course, it’s his turn as an Avenger that made him even more interesting. From there on out, he never played a major role in the MCU but he would, eventually, be passed the mantle of Captain America.
What then transpired was a long study of Sam repelling this responsibility being passed to him and then eventually obliging and taking on the mantle once it became clear he was the only man fit for the job. Now he’s Captain America and I can’t wait to see where his story goes from here.
Well, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is over and yet I’m still not over it. The joy, the emotions, my heart is still soaring with the realization/visualization of Sam Wilson embodying Captain America so perfectly. Marvel just can’t seem to stop being awesome and it’s almost overwhelming. And to think that we’re getting Loki and Black Widow soon is exciting too!
But enough about the future. Let’s talk about that episode and all of its juiciest details.
It’s Sam Wilson day (a birthday for the character, not the actor) and so because of such an occasion I thought it would be fun to highlight the fascinating character posters for the characters that will define the Captain America legacy due to their impact on the MCU (and yes, that means including John Walker too.) Enjoy!
One of the reasons why I have always been so blown away by Marvel Studios is their impeccable casting choices. I’m talking since the beginning; Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, you get the point. Marvel Studios knows how to cast!
The last great casting of characters that I feel cannot be replaced are Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. And then there is Wyatt Russel, the newest member of that perfect casting list that Marvel Studios has absolutely nailed.
A decade ago, Wyatt Russel was 24-years-old and actually auditioned for the role of Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America. Of course, he didn’t get it and a certain Chris Evans did but…he went for it. Low and behold he would be approached again but this time to play his replacement; John Walker, a version of Captain America that is the exact antithesis of Chris Evans’ Cap.