I suspect he’ll get his chance to shine in the upcoming Armor Wars show. That’s probably also how they’ll introduce Riri Williams and Ironheart.
Re the episode: I really liked it, a lot more than I expected to. Yes, it’s setup, in terms of introducing the current status quo and establishing a foundation to work from, but it’s a rich setup. There are some real problems in the world generally, and with our heroes specifically. This is the deepest look into Bucky since he was introduced, and he’s struggling with himself in a genuinely interesting way. And it’s great to meet the family and regular folks around Sam, and see how it’s been his intelligence and positive attitude that have carried him — and how hurt he is when his good intentions are betrayed. Both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie look thrilled at the opportunity to step out of the second-banana role and truly carry the story, and they’re both bringing it.
From the trailers, this looked like a fun but shallow odd-couple action comedy, like an MCU Tango and Cash. And maybe they’re still planning to play that card, but they’re also announcing with the opening episode that that won’t be all it is, by a long shot.
Obviously it’s early yet, and with one episode we don’t have a lot to go on, but it’s a damn solid first episode. I really appreciate how much time they’re making for the small character details, like Bucky’s bit where he’s mildly annoyed by the Maneki-neko in the sushi restaurant, and the subtle gag about its unstoppable arm (get it?). And the reveal showing his connection to Yori was devastating.
Super interested to see where it goes. It’s already got a lot of confidence in itself. That’s exciting.