The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ★★★★

Did I care about these characters before? Not at all. Do I now? You bet.

The action is great but the best thing about this is how political it gets. The theme of patriotism is so much more interesting when we get both sides of that coin. That scene with the shield (you know which one I'm talking about) was one of the strongest in the MCU so far symbolically.

Aside from patriotism this series dives into structural racism in the USA - something i'd have never thought would come up in a disney-owned franchise. In the beginning it does so extremely well and almost subtle. I love how it tackles the issue of a black captain america and whether or not he can stand for all of the values of his country when it hasn't exactly been kind to black people historically.

In the last episode it does get way to on the nose about that and half the episode is romantizised crap. I agree with the sentiments but Falcons speech is just way too 'hollywood' and unrealistic. Oh well, if it gets the message across to those who didn't already pick up on it, I guess it's fine.