Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 6 review: “A finale befitting a Marvel movie”

Warning: this Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 6 review contains spoilers. If you have not watched the Disney Plus show yet, then bookmark this page and come back when you’re all caught up…

Marvel warned us that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would essentially be a movie told over six parts, and the finale is exactly what you expect from a Marvel blockbuster’s final moments: huge action set-pieces, a few moments of peace, and a post-credits sting that teases more to come. That works when you’re watching one of these extravaganzas on the big screen, sitting in your seat for two hours, excitedly anticipating a superhero landing. However, seeing this structure play out week-after-week is less effective, even when the last episode is filled with great moments and a powerful speech for the record books.

Last week’s episode put the pieces in place for an epic showdown between Anthony Mackie’s Captain America, the Flag-Smashers, and John Walker. Things don’t play out quite as expected: Captain America faces Karli Morgenthau and Batroc the Leaper, while Bucky and Walker (!!!) save a few Senators. Sharon Carter, meanwhile, is brought back to the States, the Madripoor runaway having to digitally wear someone else’s face one moment and then brazenly stepping out into the public eye in another.

Sharon Carter in Falcon and the Winter Soldier

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel)

Let’s start with Carter, whose “secret” agenda becomes clear after a confrontation with Karli. It’s a reveal that will surprise few online theorists – and even if you haven’t been glued to the Marvel Studios subreddit, the reveal still falls with a light thud. Emily VanCamp was perfectly cast as the gun-ho Sharon Carter of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this new America-backstabbing version feels out of synch, written into the show so the Power Broker would be a recognisable face rather than this being a natural character arc. Carter is, after all, the niece of Sharon Carter (and Steve Rogers? Avengers: Endgame’s time travel is weird) and her villainous turn seems out of step.

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