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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - The Spence Edit

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Hi all!

This is my first streaming series edit, so hopefully I've done everything right. This originally released in April 2021, over a year ago.

Like many of the other Disney+ MCU series, this clearly felt like it was originally envisioned as a film that was then stretched out to fill out a limited series. It's a good story with some great moments, but it drags on and is stretched too thin. This edit attempts to reorganize the fairly simple plot into a single film of 2 hours and 22 minutes, an average run time for an MCU film.

- Eliminated a lot of the first episode, including the opening action scene, that doesn't add much to the overall plot.
- Simplified Bucky's arc while still giving his character growth. It's now more about how being alone is what's holding him back. There's less focus on him trying to directly make amends beyond what's discussed in his first therapy session.
- The tension of Sam and Sarah having to sell the boat is still there, but I removed a lot of the plot surrounding it, such as them trying to secure a loan.
- There's less focus on Zemo, a character that doesn't end up adding a whole lot to the plot. As the characters say, he's a means to the end.
- Cut Valentina out of the story.
- Karli gets a lot of cuts, specifically the discussion of how people will rise up to help her, as they never do and it's never a plot point.
- Walker's wife and his sequel set up is removed. A lot of scenes with him tracking down Karli are cut.
- We no longer see how Zemo escapes prison, making the scene where he just shows up in a guard uniform and Sam's reaction much funnier.
- Zemo does not explode Karli's troops from prison, the last time we see him is when the Wakandan's take him away.

Tons of other cuts for time and pace of course, but I think this fits pretty well as a movie.
 

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This edit is a substantial improvement upon the series. It is a much more enjoyable way to watch it and, in my opinion, sets a benchmark for what can be done to improve these limited edition series. Disney in particular. Excellent as always, Spence.
 
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This edit is a substantial improvement upon the series. It is a much more enjoyable way to watch it and, in my opinion, sets a benchmark for what can be done to improve these limited edition series. Disney in particular. Excellent as always, Spence.
Easily ties with Shang-Chi now as my favourite Phase 4 entry, thanks to this edit.
 

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Easily ties with Shang-Chi now as my favourite Phase 4 entry, thanks to this edit.
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Would you mind dropping a quick review on IFDB to help spread the word?
 

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Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Would you mind dropping a quick review on IFDB to help spread the word?
Absolutely; I've got a running list of reviews I need to write up (including your great Miami Vice and Return of the Jedi edits), I'll get them posted in the next week or so.
 

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Absolutely; I've got a running list of reviews I need to write up (including your great Miami Vice and Return of the Jedi edits), I'll get them posted in the next week or so.
Wow. I've got a list so long, I've forgotten where it starts. I can only remember the last few at this point.
 

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For me Shang Chi is in Bottom-3 of the whole MCU (along with Black Panther and Captain Marvel), but I seriously doubt that edit may be that bad as I quite enjoyed the series in its original form (even if during watching I still was like "I'd cut that, and that, and that too").
 

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Was there a change to the rules regarding streaming services / owning the source? Or was there a blu-ray release of Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Either way, I'm very excited to check this edit out! I saw one other that runs about 3 hours long, but this sounds much better! (Although I'm disappointed to read that Val was cut, since shes being set up to be pretty important in Phase 5)
 

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Is there a link for this? I would love to take a look this sounds great. Good work!
Hey Brandon, it goes against the rules of the forum to ask for links publicly. Please read through the FAQ and contact the fan editor privately.
 
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