Why Isn’t “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” As Good a Match for TV As “WandaVision”?

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) property released on Disney+, might be the show with the most-watched series premiere on Disney’s streaming platform. But it’s not necessarily the most compelling or captivating one of Disney+’s TV offerings.

We’re four episodes into the six-episode series and you can already feel the symptoms of a drawn-out plot that could have been a two-hour movie instead.

At times, WandaVision, Marvel’s first show to debut on Disney+, also felt like an over-blown origin story that could have been related in a feature format. But its homage to TV and all the references to classic sitcoms justified its division into episodes. That’s not so much the case with Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

I know what you might be thinking: why are you even talking about TV? Disney+ is a streaming service. For the last year, we’ve seen TV shows, miniseries, documentaries and even blockbuster movies all released directly on streaming or video on demand. The format doesn’t matter that much. In the end, we’re going to watch it at our own pace, on our phones or laptops — maybe on our smart TVs, if we’re feeling fancy.

But a more condensed, shorter version of Falcon and the Winter Soldier would have made for a better story — as opposed to this weekly release of new episodes that don’t pack all the punch they could.

Let’s get into some of the comparisons between WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier and why the latter doesn’t feel like such a perfect fit for TV. Also, if you’re not caught up on WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s latest episode, The Whole World is Watching, keep in mind that there will be some minor spoilers going forward.