The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is an action series very much in the vein of the Marvel superhero movies. It has plenty of explosive, special effects-fueled battles/stunts/combat scenes in which characters engage in brutal physical fights. They also use a variety of weapons, from guns and knives to missiles and blunt objects, but there's no graphic imagery or gore and little blood. Language is infrequent but does include "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," and "hell." Characters drink several bottles of beer in a bar and play a drinking game. Potentially sensitive topics include the death of family members, grieving, and the effects of PTSD. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan star.
Ton's of Potential: But dissapointing
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What's the Story?
Following the events of Marvel film Avengers: Endgame, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER focuses on the pair of titular superheroes. Previously supporting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively, take center stage here. The two team up for an adventure that serves as both sequel and spin-off, building on previous events from the films, but also spawning a brand-new narrative arc. Playing like an episodic version of a Marvel movie, the series significantly expands on the characters, offering a much deeper dive into their crime-fighting personas, as well as their personal lives.
Is It Any Good?
If Marvel's WandaVision was like a fancy, gourmet meal containing some ingredients you couldn't quite pronounce, then The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is akin to a heaping pile of comfort food just begging to satisfy your cravings. This is immediately apparent in the Disney+ superhero series' action scenes: extended, seat-of-the-pants sequences packed with enough polished production values to rival any that have splashed across the big screen. But it's not just the flashy special effects and thrilling battles that have made the jump from the movies to Sam Wilson's and Bucky Barnes' episodic adventure. Everything about the show, including -- most critically -- its heart and humor, will feel comfortably familiar to anyone who's laughed, cried, or cheered during a Marvel film.
Despite sticking to the franchise's reliable formula, though, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier never feels like a tired retread. While it contains the key elements we've come to expect from the property, its episodic nature allows it to dig deeper, significantly expanding on characters that were previously overshadowed by the core team of crime fighters. In fact, some of the series' best moments come not when the characters are battling supervillains, but when they're helping out a family member or friend, or even facing their own inner turmoil. If the show stumbles at all, it's in its inaccessibility to newcomers. While faithful followers will eat up every Easter egg, nod, and callout to what's come before, more casual viewers might find themselves a little lost. That's a small gripe, however, in an otherwise stellar outing that serves as the perfect, palate-cleansing counter to WandaVision's weird, wonderful ride.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the two main characters in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. How are they similar, and how are they different? How do they work as a team despite their differences? How do they approach the same goals differently?
What are some of the personal problems the characters deal with? How do they deal with these issues? How are they helped by others?
How is this series different from other superhero shows or films? What do you like most about the main characters compared to other superheroes? What don't you like about the characters?
- Premiere date: March 19, 2021
- Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Courage, Integrity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 16, 2023
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