‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Is Best Watched In 1 Sitting as a Movie, Fans Say

Phase Four has brought massive changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and not just with characters. The first TV shows considered canon in the MCU were introduced, starting with WandaVision, followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Originally, Phase Four was going to start with Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff’s first, and likely only, solo film. But it was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WandaVision was distinctly different than anything in the MCU so far. But the next show released, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, was definitely more of a classic MCU production. In fact, many fans feel it is better watched in one sitting like a movie, instead of a weekly TV show. 

How many episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are there?

Unlike its predecessor, WandaVision, which had nine episodes, there were only six episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They were released once a week, which was probably a little disappointing considering WandaVision released the first two episodes at the same time. However, each episode was longer than WandaVision, whose episodes were between 30 and 40 minutes, with the finale being the exception at 50 minutes. TFATWS averaged closer to 60 minutes for each episode. And compared to the very TV-style episodes of WandaVision, TFATWS felt more like a really long movie broken up over six weeks.

Most fans agree it is better to watch it in one sitting like a movie

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ | Marvel Studios

According to one Reddit user who initially watched each episode of TFATWS weekly as they were released, then binge-watched all six episodes at once, it was much better watched all at once, like a really long movie. And it didn’t have anything to do with impatiently waiting for the next episode. According to this user, and most fans and critics, it flowed much better when viewed in one sitting. Watched once a week, the show seemed to have problems with pacing and thematic continuity. 

What is next for Marvel?

Phase Four of the MCU is jam-packed with movies and streaming shows. What If…? began airing in August 2021, and Hawkeye finishing out releases for the year. In 2022, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special are scheduled. Ironheart, Armor Wars, I Am Groot, as well as the second season of Loki and What If..? are confirmed, but do not have release dates yet. 

On the big screen, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings followed the long-delayed Black Widow. Eternals and Spiderman: No Way Home also debut in late 2021. Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, as well as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Marvels, are all scheduled for release in 2022. So far, for 2023, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are scheduled for release, with Fantastic Four and Blade confirmed, but without release dates. 

There is a lot to look forward to with Marvel and the MCU, not even counting the movies and TV shows that have been suggested but not confirmed. For those anticipating the net release, may we suggest rewatching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a six-hour movie? Or, if you want to rewatch the entirety of the MCU, here is one of the better-suggested orders to rewatch it. 

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