I loved the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
John Walker’s redemption of sorts was maybe a little too fast, as was maybe Karli’s death. Literally my only two criticisms of the episode. I can’t help but feel what happened to John Walker was a bit like what happened to Wanda at the end of Wandavision - both did terrible things, even if they made the right choices later, and came out of it fairly well. In fact, both had renewed identities - she became the Scarlet Witch, he’s now US Agent. But both Wanda and John were developed really well and I can’t wait to see where both of them go next.
I admire the show’s willingness to be very on-the-nose about racial themes. It’s a Marvel project that’s really, truly trying to say something important - just take that incredible speech from Sam - and that’s really impressive. The speech scene, the scene where Isaiah visits the museum, Bucky’s confession to Mr Nakajima: all incredibly moving. What a phenomenal series.
Also yeah, if I hadn’t known it was happening beforehand (and if not for the Marvel logo plastered everywhere!) I likely wouldn’t have known Shang Chi is a MCU film. It seems Marvel are stepping out of their comfort zone with this new stuff, I love to see it.