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[S1E2] The Star Spangled Man

Perhaps both men are right. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are two heroes with different plans, neither star-spangled, but who will have to reconcile them, as America reconciles itself to its past, in order to find their place in a new world.

[S1E2] The Star Spangled Man

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Jason: Don't get me wrong, this has been great, it's been great, but it's been a lot of handshakes, a lot of suits, a lot of speeches, and senator meetings, and I just wanna do the job.Lemar: This is the job, John. All of it is. Star-spangled man with a plan and all that. It's always been in the job description. Listen, this suit, it comes with expectations, brother. You can't just punch your way out of problems anymore, you know?Jason: Mhmm.Lemar: Time to go to work.Jason: Time to go to work.

He then launches into an interview on Good Morning America. The anchor launches into Walker's resume, revealing he's the first person in American history to receive three Medals of Honor, a counterterrorism superstar with a body at the peak of physical fitness. As we see footage of him impressively wielding the infamous shield, he contests that he doesn't have extraordinary intelligence or even super strength. He also discusses his predecessor, saying he always admired Steve Rogers and his ability to make people feel safe.

The two men stare at each other as they get ready to fly in. Bucky criticizes Sam's lack of a plan, and rebuffs his channeling of Steve in invoking the "Buck" nickname. Sam wordlessly jumps out of the plane, leaving Bucky to careen through the trees without a parachute. The two arrive at a warehouse where some of the Flag Smashers are smuggling weapons. Bucky sees a path inside, but Sam warns him, "We're not assassins."

At the police station, Sam meets Bucky's therapist Dr. Raynor (Amy Aquino), and runs into Walker again. Not only has the new Cap busted Bucky out, but he also previously worked with Raynor. She has one final therapy session with Bucky, bringing in Sam as well. It's couple's counseling at its most awkward, as she forces them to do a "soul-gazing exercise." But even the opportunity to look into each other turns competitive with a staring contest.

Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly and Daniel Brühl. A new episode debuts each Friday on Disney+.

Buck, Wilson and Walker along with his sidekick Lemar (Cle Bennett) aka Battlestar get their asses whupped despite putting up a fight. There was every reason why the audience may end up hating Walker. He may be a lot of things, being Rogers wasn't one of them.

In his attempt to stop the Flag Smashers, he ends up making enemies out of Buck and Wilson with jabs that come out unintentionally that also show his character which is a stark contrast to the OG Cap.

This sets the tone for enough speculations and just might be the start of Buck and Wilson operating on their own like vigilantes, or quite essentially, going against everything the Sokovia Accords stood for.

Utilizing Captain America as a propaganda tool once again shows that the U.S. Government learned nothing in the 80 years since Steve Rogers was sent on his USO tour. Rogers understood the importance of Captain America as a symbol but he despised being used to serve agendas; Steve hated it back in World War II and he continued to stand against being manipulated by politics, whether it was by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the United Nations insisting he sign the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War. However, with Rogers gone and John Walker, a loyal soldier, now Captain America, the government once again wants to use the star-spangled hero as a media relations chess pawn.

To John Walker's credit, he also bristles at the aspect of "the job" that involves giving interviews, shaking hands with senators, and kowtowing to government agendas. But as John's best friend Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar (Che Bennett) reminded him, being the "Star-Spangled Man" is the job. Walker's road as Captain America may even prove tougher than Steve Rogers' since, unlike the original Cap, John is not a Super Soldier and has no enhanced abilities. He may already be an expert at throwing Cap's shield and he's in peak physical condition, but Walker has a lot to live up to in order to equal Steve Rogers as Captain America. Walker also feels the obvious pressure of being the "Star-Spangled Man", which could lead to bad tidings for the new Captain America in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

As one Captain America came before the next, so too did Russell's father join the MCU before him. (Kurt Russell starred as Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.) That gave the actor a leg up on the toughest part of this gig: Keeping Marvel's secrets. And so, he's mum on Walker's future beyond this series ("I just try to do a good job and hopefully this one is good, and it's good enough to make more -- but it's above my pay grade.") as well as what's to come in sequent episodes.

"It is like a vault. I always joke, 'I have two guys with black suits ready to take me away any moment.' They're standing right behind the camera [now] staring daggers into me!" he laughs. And so, Russell has adopted something of a unique system to make sure he doesn't reveal any spoilers. "I did it and tried to just forget everything for, like, for real. So, I really don't know the answer to some questions. And it's much easier to do it that way." 041b061a72


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