After the success of WandaVision, there was even more pressure on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to be just as good, if not better. Luckily, it succeeded.
In a departure from the usual “buddy cop” show, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan get the opportunity to shine as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes respectively which is something the MCU hadn’t done previously. We see Sam’s struggle to live up to the identity of Captain America and Bucky’s attempts to make amends with the Winter Soldier victims. The Flag-Smashers aren’t like typical MCU villains and are motivated by something other than becoming more powerful or destroying the world. They make you think about the inequality between those who survived ‘the snap’ and those who didn’t.