Disney Plus is starting to show The Falcon And The Winter Solder to critics, and the early word is good. How good? So good that we're wishing we could fast-forward to March 19, the show's release date.
From what it sounds like, The Falcon And The Winter Solder will be very much like a Marvel movie broken into 6 TV-show size chunks. And going by the Disney Plus schedule news we've just discovered, we're hoping it will keep folks satisfied for the month-plus between this show and Loki.
Annoyingly, though, critics only saw a couple of scenes. Maybe this will help prevent spoilers — we're still hoping this show will have some big MCU surprises like WandaVision.
One note up front: critics apparently only saw two scenes. Each focuses on one of the titular heroes, with Sam Wilson running a rescue mission in one and Bucky's scene mixing a therapy session and some action (likely interspliced).
Let's start with Joel Meares, the editor-in-chief at Rotten Tomatoes. He offered the most surprising tidbit of the bunch, that there's more blood than he was expecting. We're also happy to hear that the clips reminded him of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it's one of the best Marvel movies overall.
Got to see two pretty great scenes from #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier and surprised by how hard it hits. More blood than I was expecting; getting – appropriately – Cap and Winter Soldier vibes.February 24, 2021
Meghan O'Keefe of Decider elaborates on that note about the blood, saying these clips included the "getting the most brutal (and bloody!?) action scenes we’ve seen in the MCU to date." The fact that she's even referring to a Hard R rating is surprising on its own.
So...#FalconAndWinterSoldier preview thoughts! (Critics got to see 2 scenes!) Sam Wilson is getting the most brutal (and bloody!?) action scenes we’ve seen in the MCU to date. Wouldn't call it Hard R, per se, but the action does go HARD. (1/2) #TCA21 pic.twitter.com/BL9xrdLeTfFebruary 24, 2021
Steven Weintraub of Collider notes that the clips are likely from episode 1, and that Marvel and Disney don't appear to be skimping on the budget:
2nd one was Bucky with a therapist where she was trying to get him to talk about his issues. Also featured some well shot action. Both scenes show that @MarvelStudios is spending serious $$$ on their @disneyplus stuff but you already know that after watching #WandaVision. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/2QBKKVJY8oFebruary 24, 2021
Sean O'Connell from our sister site Cinema Blend hypes up the stunts in both clips. More importantly, he notes that we're going to get some in-depth exploration of Bucky's emotions.
Marvel showed me an action-packed Falcon clip and a character-driven Bucky clip from @falconandwinter. The stunts were jaw-dropping. Like, I can't believe what they pulled off. Bucky's story, meanwhile, digs into the drama. Clips made me VERY excited for this @disneyplus show! pic.twitter.com/imvNoJ2kntFebruary 24, 2021