Saturday, April 24, 2021
Weekend Trend | Falcon/Winter Soldier Numbers
Friday's finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier soared onto Disney+ with the reveal of a new star-spangled Captain America, but WandaVision cast too strong of a spell over critics and audiences: the premiere Marvel Studios original series grounded Falcon and Winter Soldier as the better-received of the two.
WandaVision's Episode 9, "The Series Finale," fared better with critics than Falcon and Winter Soldier's action-packed "One World, One People," which is currently the only episode from either series to receive a "rotten" score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
WandaVision, which debuted at 97% as the at-the-time highest-rated Marvel Studios production before settling at a Certified Fresh 92%, ended its season with "The Series Finale" scoring an 88% from 32 counted critic reviews. Falcon and Winter Soldier's midnight Friday premiere of "One World, One People," currently stands at 59% "rotten" with 17 critic reviews counted at the time of publication on Friday night.
Overall, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany's WandaVision edges out Falcon and Winter Soldier as the better-received series: the Jac Schaeffer-created, Matt Shakman-directed WandaVision finished its run at 92%, versus the 87% for series creator Malcolm Spellman and series director Kari Skogland's Falcon and the Winter Soldier.