The sixth and final episode of the Marvel Studios Disney+ series “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” takes everything it’s been building over the past 6 weeks and delivers an action-packed finale that would have felt at home on the big screen.
This episode doesn’t hold back with the action as Sam Wilson takes to the skies and makes a daring rescue attempt on the senators making the crucial vote that the Flag Smashers want to stop. Our first glimpse at Sam’s new suit comes from afar until he finally smashes through the glass and stands tall as the new Captain America. My only complaint about this reveal is that I would have preferred better lighting to showcase his new look. But it’s a great debut for the new look, and seeing him flying over the city did give me vibes of the first Batman film, where we don’t see him, just something flying above the city.
For action fans, this episode won’t disappoint as we see plenty of fights, especially with Batroc and Kari getting into some great hand to hand combat with the heroes. Sam’s new suit also lets him step up and go toe to toe with anyone, while still playing to his own strengths. Ultimately he has a different fight technique and has to utilise his own skills, making him much more fun to watch.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this episode was the way John F Walker was handled and also given a redemption arc, it was a bit quicker than I expected, but I really enjoyed seeing that moment he stepped up to be the hero. Both Sam and Bucky instantly knew he was an ally. While many fans might have been surprised with this outcome, since the series had been building him up as an unstable soldier, the main reason for this was to get the viewers ready for someone who was worthy of being Captain America, while also building her new alter-ego US Agent. Comic book fans have known where this was going from the start, but casual fans wouldn’t be aware who US Agent was, so while it felt a little rushed, the series ended with him in place and ready for future adventures.
There are many touching moments within this episode, such as Isaiah Bradley getting the recognition he deserves, Sam & Bucky’s friendship growing, Sam’s impassioned speech about being better and Bucky finally making peace. It’s been building for weeks, but this episode wraps all of this up in a nice little bow.
And as with all Marvel final moments, this episode set up many possible series and films, especially a “Captain America and The Winter Soldier” film or Disney+ series. While also helping set up other potential ideas like the “Dark Avengers” or “Thunderbolts” team movies or Disney+ shows. Let alone what happens next with the Power Broker. It’s all very exciting, and Marvel is great at leaving us with these questions whenever those credits finally roll.
Overall, I’ve loved “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier”. It’s been a fantastic series and really benefited from being a short limited series. Having that extra time to lay the groundwork that makes the finale work so well. Had this been a movie, many of the slower moments would have been cut, and for me, that’s what made this show stand out. That time with Sam and Bucky helped build them beyond sidekicks and turn them into main characters. It’s been a fantastic addition to Disney+, and I can’t wait for more, which I’m sure Disney will be giving us!
Rating 4.5 out of 5.