The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s “One World, One People”

It’s the finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and it’s got Sam making speeches, we finally find out who the Power Broker is, and some closure, along with a lot of setup for the future. It’s had its ups and downs, but it comes to a powerful conclusion. My take on “One World, One People.”

An excerpt:

Right now, today, it’s incredibly important to the people watching the show that Captain America be a black man. In fact, that this episode that establishes Sam as Cap aired the same week as the verdict in the George Floyd trial is a rather bittersweet bit of serendipity. For every step forward, there’s a step back. We elect a person of color president and then we elect a candidate supported by white supremacists as his successor.

Sam Wilson wears this dichotomy on his sleeve (or wings, I guess?). He comes out and says that he knows that his wearing the suit and carrying the shield will piss off a lot of people. But—as he says to Isaiah Bradley in one of the episode’s many denouements—African-Americans built this country, bled for it, and he’s not going to stop fighting for it.

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