After enduring the longest period without a Marvel Cinematic Universe project since the nearly-two-year wait between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, the MCU is coming out of the gates in 2021, following up the massive success of WandaVision with the release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier just two weeks later.
With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set to premiere a week from today, the first reactions to the pilot episode have begun to hit the internet, and it looks as though Marvel *shockingly* has another hit on their hands.
The first episode of #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier feels like the first 15 minutes of another solid exciting Marvel adventure. (With credits, it's 47 minutes long.)
That said, I'm hyped to see what's next, especially once the title characters actually start to mix. pic.twitter.com/PyDRtOfLID
— Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet) March 12, 2021
What I love most about this series & #WandaVision too is that you just get to know these characters on a level that instantly brings you closer to them than you've ever been before. Both Falcon & Bucky are going through some heavy stuff in this one, that's for sure. pic.twitter.com/3YrnrergE0
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 12, 2021
Blown away by #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier. The action is HUGE, and the banter is hilarious. More questions than answers so far, like where do the characters go when they aren’t on screen and if I turn off my TV do they just go to sleep? But overall Phase 4 is shaping up nicely
— ben mekler (@benmekler) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier has some really touching ties to the MCU and those are some of my favorite parts of Episode 1.
References to other characters, questions about the Avengers, the world's view of Endgame storylines… some small-scale, fun MCU world building. pic.twitter.com/EBIMYssqdO
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) March 12, 2021
Oh hey I guess I can say I’ve seen the first episode of #FalconAndWinterSoldier? Probably more character development for these 2 characters in these 45 minutes than the previous 10 films. Big scale with some nice “what’s it REALLY like to be a superhero” moments. I’m in.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) March 12, 2021
The first episode of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER is exactly what you think it'll be, but that's not a bad thing. If you like this world and like these characters, you will like this. It's exactly what's been advertised: more Marvel, but shaped like a television show now.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) March 12, 2021
First episode of Falcon and The Winter Soldier feels like a Marvel movie in a big way, a lot more so than Wandavision (not a knock). The opening action screen feels like a huge MCU action sequence (and not a tv fight), story feels like it has significant MCU consequences.
— Peter Sciretta loves Star Wars (@PeterSciretta) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier Episode 1 is very grounded & character-focused that adds new depth to Sam and Bucky.
The episode delivers brilliant action sequences that rival the movies and establishes an intriguing narrative.
Full review coming next week. pic.twitter.com/TKoiQkAnXT
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 12, 2021
Saw the first episode of FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. So far so good? Tough to tell after one episode, but I’m a huge Falcon fan so I’m glad this exists. Also there’s a character that shows up that is a definite, “Ohhhh, so that’s what this series is about,” moment.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) March 12, 2021
Prior to the events of last year, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was originally going to be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, as it was set to premiere in August 2020 with WandaVision to follow. When you take that into consideration, you realize Disney and Marvel Studios must’ve wanted to lead with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for a reason, whether that be because it’s quality, how its plot affects the greater MCU, or both.
In addition to Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier also stars Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John F. Walke, a.k.a U.S. Agent. Also set to appear in the series is Don Cheadle’s War Machine, which we exclusively reported on back in February.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, March 19. We’ll be covering the premiere episode and the entire first season over on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to subscribe and check that out!