A Black Belt Analyzed the Air Battle From The Falcon and the Winter Soldier<\/em>
While Marvel Studios have disappointed some fans this week with news that they are delaying several of the theatrical releases in their upcoming superhero slate, there is a silver lining: the miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is still streaming new episodes each week.
In a new video, YouTuber John, aka The Martial Actor, provides a blow-by-blow breakdown of the first episode’s opening aerial battle scene, and comments on how the choices made in Falcon’s fighting style reflect his character.
The sequence opens with the return of pirate Batroc the Leaper (played once again by UFC legend Georges St-Pierre), who MCU fans last saw going toe-to-toe with Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Once again he’s taken somebody hostage, setting up the premise of the scene as a rescue mission, with Sam Wilson literally flying into the plane.
“You can tell that Anthony Mackie has been working on his kicks, because those look pretty good,” says John. “His flexibility could be a little bit better, but they look really strong.” Some of the footage gets a little unclear, with Falcon and Batroc exchanging rapid-fire blows in the dark confines of the plane (possibly, John adds, to obfuscate which shots are Anthony Mackie and which might be his stunt double). “You can’t exactly see what’s going on too well,” he says, “because it’s shaky cam mixed with really quick cuts, but it’s really entertaining to watch.”
Things get a lot more visible once the action leaves the plane. Batroc and co. jump out wearing winged parachute suits, with Falcon in hot pursuit, leading to a full-on aerial battle in freefall. “This makes sense, because Falcon as a superhero is most comfortable in the air, so it’s really interesting to do a fight scene in the air,” says John.
He also points to the substantial body count that Falcon manages to rack up in this relatively short action sequence as an indicator that he is “much more lethal” than some other MCU figures, and that his M.O. as the series moves forward may well be different to Captain America.
“He has’t got super powers,” he says. “So Captain America and other superheroes, there’s a difference in power and that gives them a luxury where they can exert mercy if they want, whereas I think Falcon, because he’s just a person, doesn’t have that same luxury.”
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