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Ok but wasn't Sharon Carter (Agent 13) and Countessa Valentina De Fontaine (Agent 14) on the Femme Force (leaders even if I'm not mistaken)? Why aren't we talking about that?!
..... can we talk about that instead of Sharon potentially being the power broker? 😭 *she said in complete denial*
(I WILL CONTINUE TO CLOWN MYSELF IN DENIAL about the power broker/sharon carter theory UNTIL I SEE EXPLICIT CONFIRMATION ON SCREEN WITH MY OWN 2 EYEBALLS)
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Isaiah Bradley: “They will never let a black man be Captain America.”
Sam Wilson, a black man about to be Captain America:
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if sam is getting that suit like in the comics, i’m fucking drawing it
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I’m watching a video featuring Wyatt Russell and I kinda love him? Like I thought he was super talented because he does a great job of making John Walker super unlikeable but he as a person he seems really chill.
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Honestly, I am surprised at how good Falcon and Winter Solider is. Like I honestly didn’t have a lot of hope for this. The writing, the characters, the action it’s all really good.
And I think this kinda proves that maybe certain Marvel characters should be in television shows instead of movies. Like I do enjoy some of the movies but I feel like certain characters just work better when it comes one hour stories weekly. Also, I just don’t think they could keep on going with movies for every single character they want because that would take too long
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The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Disney+)
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Disney+)
Logline: After failing to make the cut to join the now powerhouse Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, 12-year-old Evan's mother encourages him to form a new team of underdogs with help from Gordon Bombay, the Ducks' original coach.
Dru's Decision: CARRY | ***
Disney+ is less than 2 years old but has already cultivated a platform targeting multiple demographics like its trendsetting forebearers but with well-established franchises (Marvel, Star Wars, High School Musical). The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, the fledgling streamer’s latest comedrama, revives a 90s franchise that, while aimed at a new younger generation with a younger cast, smartly taps into the childhood nostalgia of late Gen Xers/early Millennials, just like Peacock’s Saved By The Bell sequel series. Not only is franchise star Emilio Estevez back (with promises of more franchise cameos forthcoming) but so are the film franchise’s writer + producers. Similar to YouTube Red YouTube Premium Netflix’s Cobra Kai, the series subverts the source material’s spirit by positioning the Mighty Ducks team as the imperious villains like the Hawks from the original films and the scrappy Don’t Bothers as the new-new Bad News Bears heroes. The hockey play is snappy, the characters are generally well-drawn, and there is a general family-friendly likability to the proceedings. There is a good amount of racial inclusion (Black, Asian, Pacific Islander), with a South Asian girl being the star hockey player and an Asian woman being a primary antagonist.
Lauren Graham is a very good lead as Alex, a single mother not demoralized by her single motherness and with a nice mix of quiet confidence + blubbery humility that Graham has quite good at. Brady Noon’s Evan is the classic revenge of the wronged as he tries to recruit a team to compete against the Ducks who kicked him out. Swayam Bhatia’s Sofi gets torn between parents who want her to succeed, while valuing her older brother’s achievements a bit more, and her friendship (possibly more) with Evan in what feels like the most well-rounded characterization of a non-adult. Maxwell Simkins’ podcasting Nick + Luke Islam’s video game expert Koob get the most development of the rest of the kids, with Nick becoming Evan’s trusted lieutenant + Koob, who has a beautiful singing voice, finding it difficult to translate his gaming to IRL. Julee Cerda’s Stephanie, who is not only Alex’s lawyer boss but a sort of neutered mean girl mom to a Ducks player, also gets does nicely. Dylan Playfair’s Ducks Coach T is only missing the mustache required to be the mustache-twirling villain the series makes him. Best of all is Estevez, who not only tracks Gordon Bombay’s return to first film complacency but plays the role of not-coach coach + a probably future love interest for Alex like the seasoned pro he is.
The fourth episode ("Hockey Moms," ***), my fave, put the moms in the spotlight for an adult competition with decently high stakes for Sofi, while Nick, Koob, and Evan have a cute sleepover. The pilot ("Game On," ***) set everything up okay, with cute character intros, an underdog mentality, and a Whitney Houston ballad. The second episode ("Dusters," ***) finally got a game underway only for Alex's underdog team to underdog hard, while Alex + Gordon start to connect. The third episode ("Breakaway," ***) saw Evan trying hard to get Sophie to defect from the toxic Ducks, who go up against the Don't Bothers in what ended up being an inspiring game.
It feels a bit unclear who the target demographic is, given how fractured the storytelling can feel. The mix of children + adult storylines don’t quite coalesce well enough to make it balanced, as evidenced by the fourth episode, which focused more on the adults and felt partially like a new, better series. An Alex vs. Stephanie female coach-off could’ve been a great version, especially if Gordon Bombay was dating Stephanie and showed interest in Alex. The most compelling child storyline is easily Sofi’s, who could’ve easily been the star of the series. Brady + Nick have the most motivation but feel the least compelling. There are four more kid series regulars (Bella Higginbotham, Taegen Burns, Kiefer O’Reilly, and De’Jon Watts) not named above who only get minor character development. The formation of the team + their subsequent gameplay are delayed far too much, sapping the series of some of its momentum. Seeing the kids fumble is fine for a time but at some point they need to click, which does happen a bit in the third episode but it feels a bit fast + unearned given how awful they were skating even an episode before. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is a nostalgia grab that reinterprets the original with some good performances + family-friendly sports fun. Even though there are some pretty mighty storytelling infractions, this game isn’t so much changed as refreshed. Wary carry.
Team: Jon Avent (ep), Steve Brill (creator, ep, writer), Emilio Estevez (ep), Josh Goldsmith (creator, ep, writer), James Griffiths (director, ep), George Heller (ep), Jay Karas (director), Jordan Kerner (ep), Brad Petrigala (ep), Michael Spiller (director, ep), Cathy Yuspa (creator, ep, writer)
Series Regulars: Lauren Graham as Alex Morrow, Brady Noon as Evan Morrow, Maxwell Simkins as Nick Gaines, Swayam Bhatia as Sofi Hudson-Batra, Julee Cerda as Stephanie, Luke Islam as Jaden "Koob13" Koobler, Bella Higginbotham as Lauren Gibby, Taegen Burns as Maya, Kiefer O'Reilly as Logan, De'Jon Watts as Sam, Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay
Production Company(s)/Studio(s): ABC Signature, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Goldsmith Yuspa Productions
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In a monolithic film franchise where all the good guys line up on one side, all the bad guys get together on the other end, and they charge at each other, John Walker lives somewhere in between.
"It's partly why I liked it," Russell says. "People were going to hate it. I knew it. That's the reason you do it. That's the point. You elicit that response and it's like, Great, it's working. I'm the kind of person [where] the gray area is a place that you must live. If you don't live there, you're going to have a very difficult time in your life trying to figure out who you are, because you're limiting the kinds of questions you can ask yourself and ask others... What this character hopefully brings to people is the idea that there's a gray area in him—and that in life, there's gray area all around us every day. " - Wyatt Russell
Source: Esquire entertainment
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The falcon and the winter soldier
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When Grogu get older, do you think he'll have his own Foundling like his father before him?❤
That would make Din a grandpa
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Weekend Top Ten #476
Top Ten Theories About Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and the Future of the MCU
The penultimate episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was amazing. Can we agree on that? I know in general the show isn’t the masterpiece WandaVision was; it doesn’t have the intricate puzzle-box structure, or that show’s desire to mess with form. It’s a show treading the same path as the Captain America movies (fittingly enough); relatively straight street-level bust-ups with a political globe-trotting bent. Bourne in tights, if you will. But even within that margin, it’s still not been tremendous; the pacing’s been a bit off, both in individual episodes and across the series as a whole. But there have been moments of greatness; the fight scenes and choreography has been mostly excellent, for a start. And the performances are great; it’s so nice to see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan being given the space to cut loose and show what they’ve got as they move out of Chris Evans’ shadow. Wyatt Russell is superb as the tormented John Walker; and Daniel Brühl’s Zemo is already the stuff of meme legends. So, all in all, it’s pretty good, if not top tier; but the latest episode, man oh man.
One of the themes of the show has always been institutional racism (it’s right there from the start, with Sam and Rhodey’s first conversation). Bringing this issue right to the forefront, with Sam’s not-so-cosy chat with former supersoldier Isiah Bradley, the most recent episode offered a side of the MCU we’ve never really seen before. It’s so great a huge mass-market Disney property like this can allow its creators the chance to speak openly about race, to present marketable, profitable characters like Captain America as symptoms of a racist society. Bradley’s line about “they’ll never let a Black man be Captain America, and no self-respecting Black man would want to be,” is right up there with “bury me at sea, like my ancestors who leapt from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage” in terms of things I never thought I’d hear from a Disney property. Sam’s struggle, and his acceptance of his role, was just terrific. I know it’s West Wing-style wishy-washiness, but the idea that the idea of Captain America – of America – is worth striving for and fighting for, is a glorious one; it’s what makes Hamilton so good, even though we know the reality is stained with blood like John Walker’s shield. All this plus Sam helping Bucky deal with his trauma! What a good episode.
Anyway, a bit like I did with WandaVision, here are ten thoughts about where the series could be heading as we approach the finale – and where the MCU itself might be going from here…
A Good Man: Dr. Erskine said it when Steve first took the formula; “Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.” Steve, it’s implied, is the best Super Soldier because he’s the best man. When he handed Sam the shield in Endgame, he said, “You’re a good man, Sam.” And Sam is a good man; witness how he tried to reason with Karli, how he helped his sister, how he reached out to Bucky to counsel him. The fact that he’s taking up the shield at all, despite everything Bradley said, is because someone needs to be Captain America, and that having a Black man in the role might just make things better for the next generation, even if it makes things worse for Sam. He’s just a good man, and this is going to become evident when all hell breaks loose and everyone descends on New York for the finale; you just know that he’ll be the one to make the sacrifice play, to reach out a hand to Karli or even John. And the whole world will be watching…
Heroes Without Borders: Captain America was created by the US government to fight a war; after Steve retired, they created their own new Cap in John Walker. It’s a role that’s therefore tied to the USA. But the history of the USA, even just in relation to the Super Soldier program, is downright murky. So I think Wilson’s Cap will make it very clear that he’s his own man. He’s wielding a shield that is (presumably) created in an alternate timeline, and wearing a suit built in Wakanda. He has no ties to the government, and it’ll stay that way – especially if he starts to recruit a new batch of Avengers…
The Death of the Winter Soldier…: Bucky’s arc is complete. He was captured and brainwashed, turned into a freeze-dried assassin for seventy years. After being rescued by Steve, he was healed by Shuri, but he still has decades of trauma and guilt. Teaming up with Sam, and being forced to work alongside Zemo, has mellowed him, allowed him to start forgiving himself. It looks as though, with his smiles and jokes on the boat, that he’s finally found some degree of peace. So it stands to reason that he’s going to die in the last episode. Probably defending Karli from John Walker or Batroc the Leaper or something like that.
…The Life of the White Wolf: alternatively, maybe he doesn’t die! Maybe, like he said, he’s going to bugger off to Wakanda. In that case, I think we’ll next see him as the White Wolf in Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda-set Disney+ series. Perhaps he’ll end up being an official Wakandan agent, helping to keep his adopted homeland safe.
Thunderbolts Are Go: in the comics, Zemo is associated with the team of villains-but-sometimes-not the Thunderbolts. I think that’s coming here, too; but I think it’ll be formed by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine; after all, she was in Washington picking up Captain Americas (Captains America?). Stands to reason that she has an eye on building her own team of Avengers. Maybe Batroc could join too? And – hey! – didn’t Black Widow have a sister…?
The New Avengers: I said earlier, but I think one of Sam’s first jobs will be to reboot the Avengers. After the double-whammy of Civil War and Endgame, they’re toast; almost all their members are either dead or off the table. Let’s rule out Bucky for now; Sam’s first stop will probably be War Machine. Who’s next? Strange? Spidey? Sharon? I wonder if a simmering, recurring plot point in the next couple of movies/shows will be Sam’s attempts to rebuild the team. “Hey, Bruce; what’s your cousin Jennifer’s number?”
Brokered Power: the identity of the Power Broker is one of those no-one’s-talking-about-it-but-it’s-obviously-a-big-deal mysteries in the show. Nobody seems to care or be interested, but just who is this seemingly all-powerful string-puller in Madripoor? One thought could be that it’s Sharon Carter herself; her total about-face on the issue of heroism could be a façade to mask the decisions she’d made as the de facto crime empress. But that feels a bit too neat to me. Our new friend Valentina, perhaps? Sharon looked like she was siccing Batroc onto Karli at the Broker’s behest; is this just because the Broker wants his Serum (or revenge for Karli taking it), or does the Broker secretly have a more benign plan, and is actually trying to stop further bloodshed? My money’s on it either being someone totally new or relatively unknown, or a forgotten villain from an older MCU movie. Is it too much to hope that it turns out to be Trevor Slattery?
Agent Carter: regardless of what happens with the Power Broker, I think we really will see Sharon Carter return to the forefront of MCU heroics. She could actually fill the Black Widow slot in the Avengers, unless the plan is for Yelena to step into her sister’s big black boots (and assuming that Natasha really is dead, of course). But I think Sam’s heroics as the new Cap – plus him keeping his word – will be enough to convince her that there really was something to the heroism Aunt Peggy talked about for all those years. Maybe if the Avengers are too mainstream, she could lead a kind of “Agents of SWORD” black ops team? Maybe that’s where Bucky will end up too!
Teaming Up: and speaking of teams… does anyone else feel like we’re getting a veritable league of different super-teams in the MCU? We’ve got the Avengers and the Guardians already; once Ms. Marvel and Ironheart have taken their bow, I wouldn’t be surprised if Young Avengers reared their bumfluffed heads (maybe with a now-teenage reincarnated Tommy and Billy from WandaVision). Smart money is on Zemo and the Thunderbolts. There’s SWORD, filling the SHIELD void. They’re making a new movie about the Fantastic Four. Eternals comes out this year. At some point down the road we’ll see the X-Men. That’s a lot of different teams, and my crazy theory is this is all deliberate. At some point these teams are going to collide. Whether that’s just your typical Avengers-style team-up movie, or if this is where the whole franchise is pointing in ten years’ time, I don’t know; but it’ll be fun finding out!
Only One Captain America: so, where is Steve? Is he still around? Is he still alive? My theory is that he went home; it’s safe to assume that the Old Steve who sat on the bench in Endgame had travelled from an alternate timeline, one created by Steve returning to the 1940s to have a happy ever after with Peggy. A world where Cap was around after WWII would be very different; especially a Cap who knew about HYDRA’s plans to infiltrate the government, to say nothing of Thanos’ plan for half of everything. So it’s likely that he hasn’t just spent seventy years chilling on the veranda; I’m guessing he’s been at work. And I think he’s gone back home. Maybe his universe’s Sorcerer Supreme helped him with a bit of universe-skipping; who knows. But I just don’t think he’s around, and contrary to some suspicions, I don’t think we’ll see him in the FAWS finale. Whilst more Chris Evans is always nice, and whilst a few words of encouragement from Cap I to Cap II could be lovely, I don’t think they should detract from Sam’s moment by wheeling in his beloved predecessor. So, sorry, Steve; but I think from here on in there’s only one Captain America.
The Falcon & Winter Soldier - Episode 5
The Falcon & Winter Soldier – Episode 5
After the episode from last week, I was nervous going into this one. Johnny Walker trippin’ off that super serum and reeling from the death of his partner Battle Star (Clé Bennett). Clearly this dude got PTSD and need help. That is what Sam and Bucky tried to do before the paranoia kicked in. Johnny Walker is an extremely violent man, he fights with such malice. The heroes nearly got fatalities…
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I can not believe Bucky knew Steve was leaving and still let him got without telling him how he felt
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - "The Whole World Is Watching" Review
Wyatt Russell has done a fantastic job with the John Walker character so far!
And so we reach the climax of John Walker’s fall. Wyatt Russell has done a fantastic job with the character so far. The death of Hoskins makes for an obvious breaking point for a man caving under the pressure of being Captain America—not to mention him being under the influence of his recently acquired serum. With quite literally the entire world watching Walker’s murderous snap, it’s probably…
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