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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier:
       The Complete First Season
                                           review by Bobby Blakey

Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm have been bringing a variety of new programming to Disney+ since its launch in 2019. Sadly, none of these shows were being released to physical media and could only be seen via the streaming service until 2023 when they dropped Loki Season 1, WandaVision and the first two seasons of The Mandalorian on 4K and Blu-ray. Now they are giving fans more of what they want with more new releases including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The Complete First Season on 4K and Blu-ray.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier follows Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, and now team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities — and patience. The series features the return of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan along with new additions Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Emily VanCamp, George St. Pierre, Daniel Bruhl, Cle Bennett and so many more.

It serves as the first series following the events of Avengers: End Game and the close friends of Captain America on their new paths with each other and as heroes. Captain America: Winter Soldier is still my all-time favorite Marvel film so getting to explore more from these characters in this format was a great experience. I found the story cleverly written and serving as a platform to not only move the characters forward in their own acceptance of the aftermath of End Game, but also into the future of the MCU.

I wasn’t a big fan of the primary story focusing on the terrorist organization and their direction, but it served its purpose and offered up a great way to not

only evolve Falcon to the next level in his place in the MCU, but also do a story to introduce U.S. Agent as a new addition. Both Mackie and Stan dive right back into their roles to perfection and every scene with them together getting along or not is fantastic. The same is said for the action across the board. Where it initial lost me was in Wyatt Russell as the new Cap, but by the time the series came to its conclusion I was all in with him.

Like most of the well done MCU films and stories this one offered up plenty of twists and turns with callbacks to previous films and stories along with fun surprises. Throughout the ups and downs in the series it manages to kick some major ass as a whole and brings more of the best action in the franchise harkening back to Winter Soldier. I loved the series and was hoping for more, but glad that it is leading into the next chapter of Captain America films with Mackie at the helm.

This awesome new release offers up not only all 6 episodes of the series , but also bonus content including gag reels, deleted scenes, and featurettes as well as collectible concept cards and brand-new box art designed by popular artist Attila Szarka.

Join the adventure of this dysfunctional duo with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when it hits 4K and Blu-ray on April 30th from Marvel Studios.

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