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.