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Yesterday, I started watching the latest episode of Marvel’s miniseries, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I did not finish the episode. They are losing me with Wokeist nonsense.
Spoiler alert: This following will discuss the first five episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as other Marvel movies. If you don’t want to know, stop here.
I was looking forward to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which I expected to entertain with the ongoing adventures of, you guessed it:
- The Falcon, aka Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie. Sam is Captain America’s main sidekick in the movies. He’s the cool black dude with the winged flying suit. Before this series, I liked the character quite a bit, and I like Mackie as the actor. At the very end of Avengers: Endgame, the original Captain America (Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans) gives his shield to Sam, suggesting that Sam will be the new Captain America. I was fully on board with Sam carrying on as the new Captain America.
- The Winter Soldier, aka James “Bucky” Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan. Bucky was Captain America’s best friend growing up, pre-WWII. Bucky was taken by the evil Hydra organization and turned into a bad-guy “Super Soldier,” using a serum similar to the one that made Captain America into a superhero. There’s been a good story arc about the redemption of Bucky.
Since The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a pretty long name, I’ve started calling the show “Sam and Bucky” (mainly to my kids, who have to put up with me).
So they started losing me, as a matter of the plot, with the sympathetic presentation of the new “bad guys,” called the “Flag Smashers.” They’re basically an Antifa/Occupy Wall Street-style gang of terrorists, with a twist. They’ve managed to get their hands on some of the Hydra super-soldier serum, so two of them (I think) have super-soldier powers. Super-soldier powers basically means that they are super-strong, super-fast, and can absorb super-duper quantities of physical punishment.
I had little sympathy with this group of bad guys. We’re really not supposed to sympathize with the bad guys in Marvel stories. But here, one of the plot points is Sam having significant sympathy with the terroristic Flag Smasher super-soldiers. This is despite the fact that they blow up a building occupied by innocent civilian workers.
But this is not the problem. The problem is the way that they are handling the new Captain America.
You see, Sam does not take on the mantle of Captain America, a decision that rather annoys Bucky. He gives up the shield, voluntarily. The powers-that-be then appoint a new Captain America — who seems to be a pretty great guy, a highly decorated US special forces soldier. The new Captain America (character name John Walker) tries to recruit Sam and Bucky onto his team, but they don’t like him.
Even this is not the problem.
The problem is that, at the end of episode 4, there is a big fight scene involving our supposed heroes — new Cap, Sam, and Bucky, against the two Flag Smasher super-soldiers. The new Cap has surreptitiously taken the super-soldier serum. The supervillains kill his sidekick — another cool black dude, who I liked — and then run away.
New Captain America chases one of the super-soldier supervillains out into the street, and kills him.
Kinda par for the Marvel course, isn’t it? I mean, the superheroes kill the supervillains all the time. It’s the point of the show, and generally quite emotionally satisfying, like Kevin Kline shooting the corrupt Brian Dennehy at the end of Silverado.
But no. Not this time.
All of a sudden, there’s blood on Captain America’s shield. Somehow, when Chris Evans was wielding the old circular vibranium vorpal blade, it never got blood on it. I thought that vibranium must be like those nifty carpets that resist wine spills.
This is presented as a shocking scandal. Captain America killed someone! Yeah, a supervillain bad guy and all that, but he killed someone!
Like he did in every other Marvel movie. Like the dozens of Nazis, and Hydra bad guys, and miscellaneous terrorists, and all of the people (presumably Americans) in those silly flying aircraft-carriers that rose out of the Potomac in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The old Cap, Steve Rogers, must have killed hundreds of people by now, and perhaps thousands of miscellaneous aliens and beasties.
Which, by the way, did not make the old Cap unique. All of the Avengers regularly kill bad guys, usually by the handful, often by dozens, occasionally by the hundreds.
Did I mention that in the opening sequence of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam himself kills a bunch of terrorists? It’s a pretty exciting, if over-the-top, aerial battle sequence, complete with exploding helicopters.
But all of a sudden, apparently because the new series wants to paint the new Captain America as the quintessence of police brutality, poor new Cap/John Walker is treated like a war criminal for killing one . . . single . . . guy.
A guy who was, to repeat, one of the super-soldier supervillain Flag Smasher terrorists.
They’ve lost me. It seems, to me, that the whole BLM/Antifa nonsense is invading the Marvel universe, carrying with it the typical inversion. They cannot tell the good guys from the bad guys.
This ideology wrecks everything.
Wokeism delenda est.Published in