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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 2 | SPOILER Review/Discussion

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This second episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is a lot firsts for the show. It’s the first time the two titular characters have met within the programme’s timeline. Right from the get go it’s clear that we are in for a real treat; Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have fantastic chemistry and produce even more laughs than the sitcom segments in WandaVision. The therapy scene that was teased to us in the trailer is hilarious and is a standout as one of the funniest scenes of the MCU.  You can tell that those two had a lot of fun making that session happen.

The action sequence in the German Alps was nice and well choreographed. It’s also interesting to have a fight scene where our heroes lose. Granted, this isn’t a new thing to see obviously but it’s a great character moment and leads to even more banter between Sam and Bucky. Though, of course, in this scene we have the two big reveals of the episode and that’s what we’ll get into a little bit here:

Firstly, let’s talk about the new Captain America. This episode confirmed that Wyatt Russell is playing John Walker.  He’s from the comics and is the man who takes on the mantle of Captain America when Steve Rogers refuses to approve a new act of legislation (sound familiar?). Walker is known to be a fraud, having fake extremists come and attack him and is a lot more brutal than Steve Rogers. We see that come through here when Walker simply gets out a pistol to fight the Flag Smashers. Later on, Walker becomes US Agent, a darker version of the Captain. Once again, with the line “Stay out of my way”, we can see that Walker in this show will become some what of an antagonist rather than just a placeholder for Rogers.

We also get the reveal that one of the leaders of the Flag Smashers is Karli Morgenthau, played by Erin Kellyman (who you may recognise from Solo: A Star Wars Story as another mysterious masked leader). In the comics, KARL Morgenthau is THE Flag Smasher. The Flag Smasher holds similar ideologies to the group we see in the miniseries. He believes that having any form of national loyalty is detrimental to world peace. He also wears a mask but is known to wear a white costume with a black cape while carrying a big mace. Karl Morgenthau stepped down as The Flag Smasher once when he found out that Red Skull was his secret funder. Could it be that Zemo is funding the Flag Smashers and once they find out they’ll turn against him? It should also be noted that the person that Torres claimed to be the leader of The Flag Smashers is NOT Karli Morgenthau, that was clearly a large man. Was this person a red herring? Or are they someone important?

Additionally there’s the introduction of Isiah Bradley (the old tough man who lives in Baltimore), who in the comics was the original Captain America. He was the one that the government tested their serum on before they used it on Steve Rogers. We see this come through in the show as we are introduced to a man who’s spent his life being experimented on and tormented. He may hold the key to a lot of secrets behind The Flag Smashers’ powers. He may even be the man who provided them with said powers. A man so disenfranchised has more than enough reason to aide terrorists. 

Theory Time: With all of the above in mind, there’s a big chance that The Flag Smashers will turn out to be good, or at least sympathetic, in the end. There’s probably a reason why they made one of their leaders a freckly young lady rather than the hulking menace we saw at the start.

Throughout this series so far we’ve seen that it’s saying something about American Foreign Policy and the problems it has with Policing. The scene in Baltimore where Sam and Bucky have a run in with the local law enforcement and the all-American hero that John Walker has been depicted as reveal a lot toward this sentiment. 

By the end, Falcon and Winter Soldier will have sided with the Flag Smashers in an attempt to take the shield away from Walker and reshape the future of people like the Avengers. There’ll be some sort of income established for heroes as well. This will all be especially possible if it turns out that Bradley is the man behind the Flag Smashers’ powers. Maybe Baron Zemo is behind all of this and he’s playing both sides against each other once again. 

Episode 2 sets up a very fun and exciting political buddy cop thriller. It will be great next week when we finally see Baron Zemo and what he has to do with all of this.

Is there anything we’ve missed out? Do you have any theories of your own? Tweet @CoastalHMedia and @TheREALFreddieD for more discussions online.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is streaming weekly on Disney+

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Freddie has a degree in Digital Film Production from Ravensbourne University London. He’s obsessive about many things but mostly Batman, Doctor Who and The Incredibles. To find out all of Freddie's film opinions go to his Letterboxd - TheDeightonator

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage A Dark Comedy Infused With Fast-paced Action

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‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ was absolutely Full of CARNAGE. It’s a dark comedy infused with fast-paced action and the relationship between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom was like watching an old married couple. And Woody Harrelson’s performance was CHAOTIC in a good way. 

After so many potential release dates due to the film being delayed, Venom: Let There Be Carnage was officially released in Cinemas here in the UK on Friday the 15th of October. It is the sequel to Sony’s 2018 film Venom in where the Symbiote links himself with a host and used their bodies to service. Venom now lives amongst us but Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to his new life as the host of the alien symbiote. Venom grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his Journalism career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiotic Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution. 

The film wastes no time and dives straight into the storyline which dives deeper into the origin of Serial Killer Cletus Kasady. Harrelson’s performance as said earlier was Chaotic in the best way possible as his character encapsulates the rage and insanity. His performance was brilliantly matched by Tom Hardy who reprises his role as Eddie Brock, his chemistry with Venom is once again the true highlight of the film. The duo of Harrelson and Hardy work great as frenemies.

Speaking of venom this is truly where the film shines. Since this is a continuation from the first movie, Venom fells more settled inside his host and is more comfortable as Eddie’s conscience. However their rocky relationship has caused a lot of problems for Brock as both want to do different things for example, Eddie just wants to get on with his life and get his career back up and running, Venom does comply however he lusts for brains and chocolate. he feels stuck and wants to be free, but unfortunately cannot control his impulses. 

They argue, fight and trash Eddie’s apartment. This is a very venomous love affair between them both but in an interesting scene, Venom attends a rave and opens up and i’m not kidding about his love for Eddie. Director Andy Serkis opens up about this particular scene saying that it was Tom’s idea to have Venom sort of Come out and go to a party that was a ideally an LGBTQIA festival. Venom speaks for freedom of others by asking to stop this cruel treatment of aliens. 

At it’s heart this film is a love story about the extraordinary relationship between symbiote and host. 

Reprising their roles from the first film are Michelle Williams (Anne Weying) , Reid Scott (Dan Lewis) and Peggy Lu as Mrs. Chen. I felt all have less screen time during the film but these characters are vital to help Eddie’s journey and Venom’s. 

However I felt Naomi Harris was criminally underused. Her character Shriek acts more as a walking plot device than an actual character, though she does brilliantly on what the writers have given her to do. Another Character i felt that had potential but little to do was Stephen Graham, his character felt more like another plot device to tease the sequel. 

With a new director to the franchise, Andy series brings a new quality to the story and action due to his knowledge of motion capture, the VFX on the symbiote’s are outstanding and realistic.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a step up from the first film. It’s a fun 90 minutes and OMG do not miss the credits!!!!!

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DC FanDome | First Look At ‘Black Adam’ – Starring Dwayne Johnson

“Five thousand years ago, Kahndaq was a melting pot of cultures, wealth, power, and magic. Yet, most of us have nothing, except for the chains around our necks. Kahndaq needed a hero, instead, they got me. I did what needed to be done and they imprisoned me for it. Now, five thousand years later, I’m free and I give you my word… No one will ever stop me again.”

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DC FanDome gave us our first look at DC’s upcoming ‘Black Adam.’ starring Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Noah Centineo, Pierce Brosnan and Aldis Hodge.

Five thousand years ago, Kahndaq was a melting pot of cultures, wealth, power, and magic. Yet, most of us have nothing, except for the chains around our necks. Kahndaq needed a hero, instead, they got me. I did what needed to be done and they imprisoned me for it. Now, five thousand years later, I’m free and I give you my word… No one will ever stop me again.Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam [Credit: New Line Cinema]

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam [Credit: New Line Cinema]

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The Flash Teaser Footage | DC FanDome (2022)

The Flash is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films, The Disco Factory, and Double Dream, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be the twelfth film in the DC Extended Universe. Wikipedia
Release date: November 4, 2022 (USA)

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The Flash is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films, The Disco Factory, and Double Dream, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be the twelfth film in the DC Extended Universe. Wikipedia
Release date: November 4, 2022 (USA)

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