The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – We Need More!

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Last Friday, Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ series wrapped up with a conclusion that left many threads open and potential storylines unexplored. “We need more” was probably the biggest thought most viewers had. Here’s what I hope to see from future instalments of this story!

More of Sam and Bucky’s adventures (and bromance). We all know that’s the best part of the show.

No one hated this scene. And that’s the truth.

Honestly, the best part of this series is seeing “a couple of guys” just hanging out and playing frisbee with the shield. What’s better than that?

Anthony Mackie and Sebestian Stan’s friendship off-screen overflows on-screen to create a powerful and hilarious dynamic for these characters. More of this please.

Oh, and we definitely need more fight scenes where they team up. That fight for the shield at the start of Episode 5 was *chef’s kiss*.

Captain America with his stars and stripes… wings and shield. I need more of that flying Cap action.

Straight out of a comic book panel.

Another highlight of the finale was the reveal of Sam’s newest suit, sponsored by Wakanda. Not only did this allow us to see Sam accepting the mantle of Captain America, but also the kind of moves and “combos” only he could pull off with the shield at maximum potential.

Trust me, Captain America jumping out of a building with wings, flying after his shield he just threw, and catching it mid-air at high velocity was something I never knew I needed but I did. Don’t even get me started on how his vibranium wings shielded him from a falling helicopter…

Now on to the “meatier” stuff. We need to see more of John Walker and his dark side explored. His mini-redemption in the finale felt a little too quick and undermined the build-up with his character in Episode 4 & 5.

Not a guy you want to mess with, a.k.a. Captain America’s greatest cosplayer.

There, I said it. If there is one thing I didn’t really like about the finale, it was how quickly they restored John Walker and his relationship with Sam and Bucky. This dude literally tried to kill them a few days ago in a mindless rage! But now, he’s running side-by-side with them like friends..? What we’ve seen so far is this demoralised, insecure guy that could snap anytime under the wrong circumstances.

I get that he tried to save some people. And I know he is not evil. I also loved the reveal of U.S. Agent. But he is messed up! I just felt the path to that final state he was in with the people around him could use some more build-up and time.

Would also love to see Sam and Bucky’s distrust in him in the future and how that tension plays off in the story.

Sharon Carter to The Power Broker… What happened?

When you make the wrong call… in life!

“What happened?” That is honestly the biggest question I have when it comes to Sharon. Her reveal as the Power Broker was not surprising. But I found it unbelievable. And I mean that in best way possible. Like… what happened?

How did the Sharon we used to know become such a jaded, dark and scheming person? Why did she become so power-hungry? This was the same woman whose speech inspired Steve Rogers to stand his ground and fight for what he believed in! What happened..?

Once again, I wish this was something explored more in the series. But I guess this leaves us open for a season 2 or a movie, right?

I hope Aunt Peggy ain’t rolling in her grave.

Last question of the day: Where is Steve Rogers? Is he really on the Moon?! They left this unanswered and I bet on purpose.

We miss you, man.

That’s all I want to know!

I’m sure he’s alive. But where is he?? Does he still hang out with Bucky and Sam? Is he living a good life in his old age??

Somebody answer me!

p.s. So I didn’t actually plan this, but Endgame was released 2 years ago today?! Happy anniversary to all you MCU fans, I guess. Hope to be back in the cinemas again for epic experiences like that…

Why I Think Spider-Man: Far From Home is NOT a Spoiler for Avengers: Endgame

Alright, I assume that most people reading this already knows about the Marvel Cinematic Universe or at least the Avengers films in general. So I will spare no time for introductions and jump right into why I think the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer spoils probably nothing about Avengers: Endgame.

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I’ve been thinking about the Far From Home trailer since it was released last week. A lot of people liked it, are hyped about the movie, but are also concerned about what it means for Endgame. We all know that at the end of Infinity War (spoiler alert), Peter Park, along with many of the heroes disintegrated into dust and faded away from existence. Nick Fury and Maria Hill were also shown to be victims of this in a post-credits scene.

Moviegoers were left to presume that these characters have died and were wiped out together with half of all living creatures in the world. This made Infinity War‘s sequel – Endgame highly anticipated as fans just couldn’t wait to find out how the remaining Avengers are going to fix or undo Thanos’ destruction. In fact, it was still a mystery whether they do so or not.

This kind of changed last week with the release of the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It is known that Far From Home is going to be set after the events of Endgame and will kick off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That poses a problem because we now know that Peter Parker, his friends, Nick Fury, Maria Hill all survived/came back to life.

It kinda tells us how Endgame is going to play out – or does it?

First of all, I trust the people at Marvel and Sony. Ever since Avengers: Infinity War, I am convinced that not everything shown in trailers are going to be in the actual movie itself. It is highly unlikely, but what if the scenes we have seen so far in the Far From Home trailer aren’t going to be part of the movie? Even if my optimism is misplaced, and the trailer does eventually prove to have spoiled certain scenes, character developments and plot points in the upcoming films, I believe these details will not be important.

What do I mean by that? I mean that these so called “spoilers” that people are talking about from the trailer will not reveal the most important plot points or key moments in Endgame. Hence, even if we have watched the Far From Home trailer, it will not ruin or take away from our enjoyment of the Avengers film.

Just think about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sure, there were things that I wished wasn’t shown in its trailers – like how Tony intervened Peter’s heroic attempts. But that eventually still did nothing to diminish my positive experience of the movie (spoiler alert). Some of the biggest twists and moments for me turned out to be the reveal of Vulture’s true identity as Liz’s father, Peter’s journey as a hero without his suit, and even how Pepper showed up at the end.

Now, recall Avengers: Infinity War. The trailers were stitched together in such a clever way and even included scenes not in the film. That gave fans a general idea of what the movie was going to be like, revealing certain information, yet doing so without giving away the important parts of the movie.

For example, fans could guess from the trailers that Thor was going to forge Stormbreaker. You could say that was a spoiler! However, so many people still enjoyed Infinity War and see it as one of the best superhero films of all time. Why was that so? Because though we sort of knew that Stormbreaker was going to be forged, we didn’t know how it was going to be forged with Groot’s arm. We didn’t know that Thor was going to make an epic entrance into Wakanda, eventually driving his powerful new axe into Thanos’ chest, yet still failing to save the universe.

A lot of us enjoy movies not just because we don’t know what is going to happen, but how it is going to happen. The best stories and plots aren’t just those that present to us scenario after scenario, but brings us through a thought-provoking, unexpected and beautiful process of getting from one point in the narrative to another.

And that is why I think the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer or even the fact we know the movie exists, is not a spoiler for Avengers: Endgame. Because while we now know that some characters made it out of Endgame, it is only a snapshot and preview of its real story. A real spoiler is one that tells us something way too important, like a twist or a turning point in the narrative that would reveal how things are going to play out.

And honestly, the possibilities are endless. We only know that there is a Spider-Man film set after Endgame, and Spider-Man and some allies are going to be in it. How do we know for sure that they do get resurrected and return from The Snap? With recent speculations about time travel apparently being a huge part of Endgame, how do we know for sure that Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t set on an alternate timeline where The Snap didn’t happen at all? For all we know, that could be why everything and everyone seems so normal in the Spider-Man trailer, like as if not half of everyone just disappeared and reappeared. Everyone is like “Oh, Let’s move on with life!”

Man, I hope I didn’t just spoil myself. LOL.

Anyway, until April comes and the real, final cut of Avengers: Endgame is released in its entirety and we see something from that, nothing is a spoiler. In fact, nothing can be a spoiler for any film unless we believe it is one.

p.s. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is the coolest Marvel villain to date. Change my mind.