Episode 3 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier released today on Disney+. You can read my thoughts on the previous episode here or continue reading for my initial thoughts on episode 3. Be warned – spoilers below!
We’re really getting into the nitty gritty of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier now! After the first two episodes set the scene for the series, episode 3 really picks up the pace with some great action sequences, new characters and huge developments to the story!
At the beginning of the episode we saw Bucky and Sam visit Zemo in a prison in Berlin, shortly before Bucky assists Zemo in breaking out (hypothetically of course). I’m really glad Zemo has teamed up with Bucky and Sam and whilst I still don’t fully trust him at this early stage, I’m glad he’s not just serving as a villain straight from the off. I love the dynamic between the trio too, it’s a bit awkward but works well and provided for some of the funniest moments of the episode.
I really love the character Zemo and I’m pleased we got to learn a bit more about him in this episode. We learn that his family were not just rich, but filthy rich! With a collection of classic cars, a private jet and a golden gun which I think I saw too, I’m surprised he didn’t try and buy his way out of prison! I really hope he continues working with Bucky and Sam as he is a fantastic character and I want to learn a lot more about his backstory, but I do get the feeling he is going to try and betray them at the first chance.
The comic book references in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are not as ‘in your face’ as they are in WandaVision, but they are still in plentiful supply. We get a new MCU location in the form of Madripoor, a well-known Hydra refuge in the comics. I really loved the design of Madripoor in this episode, it was reminiscent of a Cyberpunk style city and the scene where every man and his dog received the bounty message for Bucky, Sam and Zemo was like something out of a John Wick film! We also get another comic book reference with the mention of Conrad Mack (AKA The Smiling Tiger), whom Sam ‘plays’ whilst in Madripoor. Time will tell whether Conrad Mack will actually appear in the MCU, so keep your eyes peeled!
Sharon Carter finally makes an appearance in the series and in rather dramatic fashion too! She saves Bucky, Sam and Zemo in Madripoor with some fine shooting before giving them refuge in some pretty high-end accommodation. Given she’s been on the run since Captain America: Civil War, it’s understandable that she’s become an absolute badass! When Bucky, Sam and Zemo go into the shipping container to confront Dr Nagel, Sharon wipes out nearly a dozen goons in sensational fashion, providing the best action scene of the series so far.
I do have my suspicions about Sharon however. Given how well she seems to be doing in Madripoor as well as her reaction when Zemo shoots Dr Nagel, plus that suspicious interaction when she gets back into her car after the shipping container scene, I would not at all be surprised if she is in fact the Power Broker. This would make a for a great twist to the story and she certainly has unfinished business with Bucky, Sam and Zemo, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of her in future episodes.
At the end of the episode we see the surprise appearance of Wakandan warrior, Ayo. Ayo was tasked with protecting T’Chaka before his death, so her attempting to hunt down Zemo (who was responsible for the death of T’Chaka) makes logical sense. It will be interesting to see how her interactions with Bucky and Zemo unfold and if Wakanda become anyway intertwined in the super soldier narrative.
We’re at the halfway point now but I feel like the series has great direction and is setting up for more fast paced action in the episodes to come!
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is available to stream on Disney+.