Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 Is For The Black Community (And Everyone Who Complained About WandaVision’s First 3 Episodes)

by Shaye Wyllie
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On gawd, I’m not even lying right now! I got to watch episode 1 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier a few days ago thanks to Disney Plus, and when I say the action was straight out the gate like a god damn Marvel movie! LISTEN! My first thought was “I better not hear a damn sound from all them folks who complained about WandaVision!”

So if you’re one of those folks who complained that WandaVision was too slow, this one’s for you! Whew! And if you’re interested in how quickly things kick off, I took notes! It didn’t take bout no longer than 4 minutes! FOUR! Y’all know the song … sing it with me, *sings* they only had fourrrrr minutes, to say what they gotta say before everybody came for their necks, them Marvel writers only had fourrrr minutes to…

Aight I’m done, cause you get the freaking point! (And if you have no clue WTF I’m singing, you either too young to be reading this or we need to pray for you! JK!)

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Anywho, the first episode is great! It’s right on brand for Marvel, so Marvel fans should appreciate that! Us casuals, may be a bit lost, since some of us haven’t seen ALL the movies, but don’t worry too much about that! I’m pretty sure it’ll all make sense soon!

However I am worried about one thing! Being a Black person, who’s already so connected to Falcon’s story, (and who was so very disappointed with the way Monica Rambeau was used in WandaVision), I’m concerned about how quickly Anthony Mackie’s character will “fade into the background” once our white co star fully shows up!

Now I know it’s the Falcon AND Winter Soldier show, but I’m really hoping they continue to dig into Falcon’s story! I absolutely love that we’re getting to see him and his family and what it’s really like to be a Black man in the world!

I absolutely love how real this is, and even a tad bit sad, that his fame pretty much gets him nowhere, even though it sure as hell gets wyipipo all the things!

So if they f*ck this shit up, I’m finna cuss somebody! (Okay, I probably won’t cuss someone per se, but I will be cussing in my review and on Twitter! Mark my words!)

But for right now, I’m content! I can’t wait to see how my daughter reacts to this! She loved WandaVision, so I’m hoping she loves this too. But it is a bit more violent than WandaVision? So we’ll see.

I’ll save those thoughts for my parents review on Popcorn and Tater Tots.

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(L-R): Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Director Kari Skoglang and Sarah Wilson (Adepero Oduye) on the set of Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick.

I will say though, episode 1 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn’t as interesting as WandaVision’s first episode. I know, I know, don’t compare the two!

But Marvel set the bar high for us casual fans when they incorporated black and white sitcoms into those first few episodes, so I’m super excited to see where this goes. It looks like there’s going to be a big play for diversity here, and I’m happy about that!

Like there’s actually Black people in this thang! ACTUAL BLACK PEOPLE!

If you’re Black you know WTF I mean when I say this! I’m not talking about skin color either. I’m talking about I ain’t gotta sit here and count the amount of Black folks that live in this town because there are BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS JOINT!

And yeah, we had Black Panther, (WAKANDA FOREVER), but what else have we really had where there weren’t just a few? What else have we had that focused on our issues and put them in the forefront like this?

Like it’s race issues straight out the gate, the same way there’s action from jump, and I really sat there and watched this like … well god damn, this one might be for the minorities after all! Now all we need is Monica to get her own show!

But either way, I’m happy with this first episode and I’m looking forward to watching episode 2 next week!

I also can’t wait to discuss it with my Disney Moms of Color girls! So if you’re also a Disney mom of color, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, to discuss this new series in a Black safe space!

Episode 1 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+! Click here to watch it right now.

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