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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4 | SPOILER Review/Discussion

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This week’s episode kicked off by telling us that Bucky’s codewords had their power taken away by the Wakandans. This is an interesting reveal, but if you really think about it, it makes complete sense and it’s a wonder no one has brought this up before. It was also nice to hear the Wakanda theme playing in the background. That truly is one of the MCU’s best tunes and it’s always a pleasure to hear it.

One of the main takeaways from this episode however is the further development of Karli Morganthau. Through Falcon we learn a lot more about her ideology and what her goal is. There is also further confirmation of a theory previously posed on this site that Morganthau will be becoming sympathetic or most likely a fully fledged hero by the end, having Falcon and the Winter Soldier by her side.  That being said though, the show’s writing is very much sitting on the fence on where they feel she is morally, for the most part at least. Zemo makes some very good points about how people willing to become super soldiers are by nature supremacists.  He is then in fact proven right when Falcon talks to Morganthau and she basically says she doesn’t care about killing people that step in her way, sounding a lot like a supremacist. On the other hand they show her to be a relief worker and a lot of the sadly quite badly acted scenes between her and her followers are meant to show her as a relatable disenfranchised youth.

It’s quite interesting seeing Sam, Bucky and Zemo debating about Morganthau and her ethics. However, it does still feel like the show is leaning more toward her being right, as Falcon suggests. It’s pointed out by Bucky that she’s no better than Zemo because she’s murdered innocents. Sam rebuts this by saying that she’s different because of her cause. This line here is where the moral dilemma starts to fall apart a bit. Zemo murdered the King of Wakanda and several others because super powered humans killed his family through their gung-ho approach to defeating Ultron. How is this any different from Karli Morganthau killing people because governments wanted things back to normal? In fact, on paper, Zemo probably had more of a worthy cause. As this show is constantly proving him right. People are being murdered by super powered people who think they’re doing the right thing. The only difference is that Sam Wilson is friends with super powered people and he’s biased.

This leads in to that shocking end with John Walker. After quite a chaotic fight between basically all of the main characters of the show bar Zemo and Sharon Carter, Karli Morganthau murders Battlestar. This was really pushing the boundaries of that 12 rating as it was pretty brutal, as was of course the subsequent avenging of Battlestar. It was undeniably a great scene. When John Walker chases down the Flag Smasher and pushes him to the ground, you can really feel the rage building up and exploding out of him. In fact, Walker is probably the best part of this episode. Through the frustration of constantly being beaten or overlooked he becomes hot headed and lashes out, a lot like he did last week. Though we never see it, it’s clear that he has indeed taken that last dose of the super soldier serum as he lands from a reasonably high height onto a car roof without flinching. Unless we’re supposed to believe that his rage has made him impervious to injury.

It’s clear that in future episodes, the murder of this Flag Smasher will be reason for John Walker to give up the shield. Or rather, have it taken away from him. However, this murder was not the act of evil butchery that many will see it as. Walker’s close friend and partner was murdered in front of his eyes, he was rightfully distraught and angry. Also bear in mind that the man who was killed was an accomplice to the murder of innocent people. This is not to say he deserved to die, but he certainly wasn’t completely blameless. All of that being said, the last shot of the episode with John Walker standing there with a bloodied Captain America Shield is sure to become an iconic image of the MCU for the future.

There was a lot of great action and writing in this episode. The scene with the Dora Milaje was excellently choreographed. It was also where we last saw Zemo as he has now escaped. This could be for him to chase down Morganthau as the Power Broker. We learn in this episode that the Power Broker is indeed the person threatening Morganthau and is presumably the Flag Smashers’ benefactor. The scene where Zemo passionately smashes all the vials of super soldier serum throws a slight spanner in the theory of him being the Power Broker. In a later scene the Power Broker is demanding the serum off of Morganthau. This doesn’t rule out Zemo being the Broker of course, it could all be part of his plan and that whole thing could be a double bluff.

Theory Time: As the news of the murder of the Flag Smasher spreads across the web, Walker tightens his grip on the operation to capture Morganthau. Falcon and Bucky side with Morganthau to take him down. After a long and brutal fight, Morganthau dies and becomes a martyr for her cause, Walker is sent to prison and Bucky is handed the Shield to take on the mantle of Captain World (or something cooler than that) in Morganthau’s memory. The shield will probably get a new paint job too, to make it look like a globe maybe.

How do you think the show will end? Do you like Morganthau? Who do you think should have the shield by the end? Tweet your thoughts @TheREALFreddieD and they might be mentioned next week.

 

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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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X-Men ’97 Review | Nostalgic, Epic & Marvelous!

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X-Men '97 (Disney)

Get ready for action-packed adventure, many surprise cameos and a storyline that takes

Plot

A band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they’re challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

Review

X-Men ’97 is a revival of the classic 1990s animated television series. The storyline picks up directly after the events of the original series, maintaining continuity and preserving the beloved elements that made the original a hit show back in the day. Many of the original voice cast members have returned, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm and Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, which adds a layer of originality and contributes to the overall nostalgia of the television show​. Here I’m feeling like a little kid again, watching the show on a Saturday morning. I was 7 years old when it was on television in the early mornings, and it still brings back fond memories.

There were a number of new stars who joined the show such as Ray Chase who replaced Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale who replaced Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Holly Chou who replaced Alyson Court as Jubilee, A.J. LoCascio as Gambit, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, J.P. Karliak as Morph, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Ross Marquand as Professor Charles Xavier and Gui Agustini as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

The series starts off in a world where the X-Men grapple with the loss of Professor Charles Xavier. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, Magneto rises to the occasion and becomes the new leader of the X-Men. This provides additional drama and the team dynamics is frequently tested with the new leadership. While dealing with the new leadership dynamics the X-Men finds themselves still dealing with people who would stop at nothing to end all mutants. The storyline doesn’t hold back on the action sequences and themes such as grief, loss and acceptance are touched on throughout the series.

The trailer of the show doesn’t spoil anything for the viewer, and I highly encourage you to watch every intro and try to spot any new changes. The show provides many cameos and easter eggs, keeping my hopes alive of a potential crossover.

The story ends with a twist, leaving you hungry for the next season, and as any Marvel movie or television show would have it, a mid-credits scene to whet your appetite for what’s to come. If you are new to X-Men you can still jump in and watch the television series, but I highly recommend watching the original series to get you up to date with most of the lore and history of the X-Men.

X-Men ’97 keeps the legacy of our favorite mutants alive with a well-written story that is filled with emotion, surprises and promises of more adventures.

Thank you Beau DeMayo for an eXcellent story! I rate this show a 5 out of 5!

Will we skip the intro song? No! I don’t think we will. Make sure to catch the show on Disney Plus!

https://youtu.be/mp1Pax-QHlA?si=-fFlVYBRIPnLQyVO
X-Men ’97 Final Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Trailer

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

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July 26, 2024

Director:

Shawn Levy

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Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

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The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Madame Web Review

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Celeste O'Connor, Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced & Sydney Sweeney (Sony)

Be ready to get caught in the web of Cassandra, our very own Madame Web. Swing by your local cinemas now to catch Madame Web on the big screen!

Plot

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Isabela Merced, Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor (Sony)

Movie Review (no spoiler)

Madame Web, the fourth entry in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe brings us a different take on a complete new group of heroes in the heart of New York. I need to caution the readers that when going to watch the movie, keep an open mind. This movie is about Madame Web and her role as a protector to three young women who will play a much greater role in future…hopefully. If you are expecting Peter Parker / Spider-Man to swing in and catch a crook, you will sadly be disappointed.

I firmly welcome the new take on the Spider-Women within Marvel. Since Across the Spider-Verse I have pondered the question on whether we will get a chance to see any of the Spider-Women on the big screen and also the ‘How?’. I have always seen Cassandra Webb / Madame Web play a motherlike and protector role. I personally think Dakota Johnson played her part excellently well in that sense.

Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor plays the parts of Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin and delivers a breath of fresh air. They are teased to play big roles in the future, according to the villain in the movie. The new villain of the movie, played by Tahar Rahim, provides a thrilling experience at first but gets taken down too easily at the end.

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony)

Madame Web provided a good introduction to a new character, which is Madame Web, but sadly doesn’t provide any promise of continuity and linkages with any of the existing movies within the current universe. A few easter eggs in the movie point to another beloved Marvel character, but I would have loved to experience more of Cassie’s web and the chance of a teaser for the other heroines of the movie since there are still so much stories left to tell. There is unfortunately no post-credits scene, which was a let down, considering Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe and continuity is what many are hopeful for. I’m curious if we get to see continuity later in the form of a sequel or even a cameo of Cassie, Julia, Mattie and / or Anya in any other production.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the storyline. Make sure to catch at a big screen near you.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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