Warning: This recap contains spoilers from the season 1 finale of Marvels The falcon and the winter soldier “One world, one people”
While it’s not clear which MCU features The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be tied into next, the groundwork was laid tonight for a specific second part of something, be it a second season of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes or a spin off series with John Walker US agent.
In a surprise, but not a surprise, we finally find out who the Power Broker is and it’s Agent Sharon Carter. She was the one who pulled the strings behind the scenes and got into the ears of the Flag Smashers specifically regarding the superhero serum. We had higher hopes for a more nefarious figure in the MCU, like William Hurt’s General “Thunderbolt” Ross, who had his own agenda of recreating the super serum in The Incredible Hulk, but unfortunately it was you, Sharon. Frankly, it doesn’t make sense that Sharon would be the power broker: why on earth would she lead Sam, Bucky, and Zemo to Nagle, the architect of the superserum in episode 3? And why should she have Zemo Nagle shot? Even so, EP Malcolm Spellman leaves us a fascinating cliffhanger as to what Sharon will do next.
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In the midst of the Flag Smashers’ raid on the GRC committee meeting (which is a big wink to the January riot, but this group is far more orchestrated and planned than QAnon), Carter encounters leader Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) , Guns pointed at each other.
“When you came to Madripoor, you reminded me of a young me, I took you in, gave you an opportunity and you cheated on me,” says Sharon Karli.
“Because you wanted to control the world that hurt you, but I wanted to change it. I am not interested in power or an empire. I have a bigger dream, ”says Karli.
“Come back and work for me all and we can make a difference together,” replies Sharon.
“You only want me because you want your muscles back. How much power does the energy broker really have without us super soldiers? “Answers Karli.
“More than you,” replies Sharon. And she’s right. Continue reading.
Anthony Mackie’s Falcon – now the newly christened Captain America with a brand new blue and white fancy suit, outfitted with little flying robot redwings to help him (similar to the flying drones Iron Man uses) – interrupts their conversation without knowing that Sharon is the Power Broker. Karli shoots Sharon. Sam knocks Karli down, but she is ultimately shot by Sharon.
Later in the coda scene, Sharon receives the forgiveness that Sam promised her from the US Intelligence Committee (the same that Walker shielded in the previous episode). Given that Sharon is Agent Peggy Carter’s niece, it is easy for the US government to forgive her. She offered an opening in her old department. Sharon shakes her head and says, “I would be honored.” Before we really go black, we see Sharon calling someone (hmm, someone bigger than the Power Broker?) Giddy about her new post: “Start lining up our buyers. Super soldiers may not be on the menu but we will soon have full access to government secrets, prototypes, weapons, as you call them, there should be something for everyone. “Double agent Sharon Carter.
The season finale was packed with action scenes galore. We have two Captain Americas at the beginning of this episode: Sam’s new Captain America and John Walker, who doesn’t give the shield easily (as Wyatt told Russell .). Walker comes on stage and is more of an ally of Sam and Bucky in the Flag Smasher fight this time around. There’s a great scene where Sam’s Captain America rescues a falling truckload of GRC politicians. And we have a cool cameo here from Zemos Butler bombing out the remaining Flag Smashers that are in an armored prison car.
After the Flag Smashers are defeated we get a great speech from Sam in front of the GRC members in the streets of Manhattan in front of TV cameras that seems to cover all the subjects that are now about the US i.e. the Mexican border, #BLM, anti Immigration and Al-Qaeda: The real enemy is not the power broker, but the politicians. Their insensitivity to resetting boundaries makes anti-government groups like the Flag Smashers rise, not to mention their hasty decisions can have the same negative impact on the world as Thanos snapping his fingers.
“People believed in their (Karlis) cause so much that they helped her defy the strongest governments in the world,” Sam scolds them. “You people have as much power as a mad god or a misguided teenager. The question you have to ask yourself is how are you going to use it? “
“You have to stop calling them terrorists,” Sam scourges them. “Your armed peacekeepers are forcing millions of people into settlements around the world, right? What do you think these people are going to call you? These terms “terrorist”, “refugee”, “thug” are often used to avoid the question why? “
“The only strength I have is that we can do better. We can’t ask people to show up if we don’t meet them halfway, ”says the new Captain America.
The other big challenge in the last episode is Walker’s second meeting with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. While it may not be Thunderbolt Ross who are putting together the Anti-Avengers Thunderbolts team, it looks like Contessa is putting together a similar group. Zemo is also expected to be part of that team, and it’s not shocking to hear Contessa giving him props after his butler took out the Flag Smashers.
“Couldn’t have worked better if I had planned it myself,” jokes Contessa Walker’s wife Olivia (Gabrielle Byndloss). No, I’m kidding, I didn’t do it. Or do I have? “
Walker then shows up in a new superhero outfit, a darker looking Captain America suit. The Contessa names him his new title: US Agent. Walker is overjoyed: “I’m back! I’m back! I’m back!”
Next up is on Disney + Marvels Loki on June 11th and Black Widow on July 9th in theaters and on Disney + Premier.