The hunt for Karli Morgenthau continues, especially now that she has murdered GRC workers. It turns out all of this could have been avoided if Hulk had thought through restoring everyone's homes, bank accounts, credit scores, and legal documents when he brought them back from the dead in Endgame, but that's what happens when you trust a scientist to use godlike powers to restore half the universe instead of a bureaucrat. Sam reminds us in this episode that Karli's fight is not unreasonable. After the SnapTM, countries opened their borders and welcomed new workers into vacant homes and jobs. Now, those same countries are returning to old ethnic tensions and hard borders. That leads all those displaced persons look to Karli for help as they eke out a living in GRC camps. Into this mess we drop our heroes (and a few villains).
The third episode of "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" brings a few familiar faces from the Captain America franchise back into the story. Bucky and Sam enlist Baron Zemo to help them track down the Super Soldier Serum, and Sharon Carter resurfaces after not being seen since "Civil War". This episode is the right mix of character development and action, let's see if we can peel back some layers and understand exactly what happened.
Episode 1 of "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" started with Captain America. Steve Rogers' voice could be heard telling Sam Wilson that the iconic vibranium shield belonged to him. Episode 2 of FAWS started with Captain America too, but this time it was not Steve Rogers. John Walker, whom comic fans recognize as US Agent, continued his press tour by returning to his old high school for a live taping of Good Morning America. But Walker is doing more than posing for the cameras - he is also tracking the Flag Smashers. This will bring him into conflict with Sam and Bucky.
The first episode of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" dropped on Friday, rapidly becoming the streaming service's most watched premiere in its brief history. The pilot episode focused mostly on setting up what the two title characters have been up to since returning to the land of the living in time for the climactic battle in "Endgame". Life hasn't exactly been easy since we saw them at Tony's funeral.
I have been thinking a lot about symbols. Many superheroes have them. Superman has his iconic "S", Iron Man has the Arc Reactor, Batman has... you know... bats. The symbol is a shorthand for the hero themselves. In "Batman Begins", Ra's Al Ghul elaborates on the importance of the symbol: "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely." That's the idea of the symbol - it is bigger than the person wearing it or wielding it. Emotions are attached to a symbol.