These short reels are 9-10 minutes of excellent footage and storytelling.
Please note: this review may have mild spoilers as this docuseries acts as a "catch-up", reminder and/or telling of a characters' inception in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until now in phase 4 collated in 9-10 minutes.
In case you haven't seen a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie before, any or a couple, this is 10 glorious minutes cleverly cut from multiple films that act as a highlight reel of a character's journey or backstory through the MCU into Phase 4. Extremely important if you want to learn about a character before heading into DisneyPlus's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, starring The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with supporting cast.
The Winter Soldier, James "Bucky" Barnes grew up in the 1930's and was friends with Steve Rogers. Steve was a small-framed guy and James once defended Steve from some bullies. Whilst James was enlisted in the army, Steve was unable to due to his health/body, but when he underwent the "Super-Soldier" experiment, Steve's body was changed beyond recognition enabling him to join.
Whilst the Army wasn't what it was cracked up to be and having nothing to do, Steve paraded as a mascot for America, but when he heard a group of soldiers were captured behind enemy lines, including James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve went out and saved them becoming a hero. James was part of Steve's team and they went on many missions together but on one tragic mission, James was blasted off a moving train and when Steve tried to save him, James fell into a rivene.
Decades later, Nick Fury was assassinated in front of Steve Rogers and when Steve saw the assailant, Steve chased him but the assassin got away. The assassin turned out to be The Winter Soldier, a man of myth and legend and during a fight on a freeway into the street, Steve learns the assassin, The Winter Soldier himself, is James "Bucky" Barnes. Steve does what he can to reason with him until James researches himself and when confronted with Steve, Steve takes him to The Wakandan's who attempt to cure Bucky's condition. In the many decades James has been operating as The Winter Soldier who has committed countless crimes including some very personal ones close to The Avengers, but to help right the wrongs of his past, Bucky teams up with The Avengers and the fight against Thanos and his Army.
Bucky arrives with The Falcon in the ultimate fight against Thanos, fighting side-by-side with Captain America to save the world.
This is an excellent recap for both fans and newbies alike.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier picks up after these events.
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